Nakalele Blowhole Trail

MODERATE 113 reviews

Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lahaina, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

There are two trailheads off Highway 30. One goes to the lighthouse and over a ridge down to the coast. The other trail is about 1/2 mile further up the road, just past MP 38.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice area. Make sure to go on high tide as it won’t “blow” at low tide. Bring lots of water it can get hot and hiking shoes or at least tennis shoes. You can go just to the overlook which is not difficult. But if you climb down be sure to have the right footwear. There are other coves beyond that are really nice as well. Be respectful and do not get near the blowhole. Keep your eye on the sea as I have heard some have been washed away or fallen into the hole.

hiking
6 days ago

Short and fairly easy trail down to the Nakalele blowhole. There are a few steep areas that may cause you to slip if you are in flip flops so be careful. Bring some water and a change of clothes if you wanna get wet from the blow hole. Be careful and don't fall in!

13 days ago

Nice walk. I wouldn’t say it’s moderate but it’s probably rated that way because of the short uphill to get back to the parking lot. The blowhole is small but nice. Beautiful Hawaii views.

16 days ago

Not really a hike, just a more difficult walk/ billy goating to the blow hole. Great views, unique terrain - the rocks are unusual and fun to look at, blow hole ok.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Very rocky and steep going up and down. Be prepared for a foot and eye coordinated hike. Views are worth it when inconsiderate people aren't pushing past you for a better view. :)

1 month ago

Amazing views. Very rock but worth it!!!! l

1 month ago

Amazing views here.

walking
1 month ago

Amazing views!

nature trips
1 month ago

Short walk to the first beautiful view. Lots of rocks to traverse down to the first blowhole and we kept going to the next one. Fairly easy overall. It was almost Mars-like between the two blowholes, really cool terrain. I’d definitely do it again if I was in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a quick little jaunt to a cool view. We were there April 2018 and there were quite a few folks of all ages. You can walk half way, three quarters or all the way next to the blow hole. I was surprised that many of the folks that went all the way down were in flip flops. We had hiking boots which made it easy. We mostly enjoyed the walk back up because we felt like we got some exercise. It was fun but not difficult but worth the excursion. Enjoy!

2 months ago

It was a nice short wall for the kids. Thai would not qualify as a hike for my 5 and 6 year old.

2 months ago

So great!

3 months ago

Very busy trail, but worth the hassle of so many people. Make sure to check tide charts and go around high tide (+/- 2 hours or so) for best effect. As others have mentioned, I suggest hiking shoes or sturdy sandals, not flip flops.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is super busy and less than a mile but certainly worth doing. I would suggest shoes instead of flip flops as I saw lots of people triping and falling in flip flops. The blow hole is cool and to the right is the heart rock. Great photo ops.

4 months ago

Shoes are better than flip flops for this hike, which is more like a steep downhill rock hop to the blow hole and steep climb back up. It’s fun down at the hole, though slippery. Never turn your back on the ocean.

4 months ago

Very cool! Stunning views. Recommend shoes and not flip flops to hike down the sharp lava rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

Super short and cool lava hole.

4 months ago

Not a bad trail . Beautiful views from the rocks !

4 months ago

If you venture out beyond the trail just a couple of hundred yards to the cliffs and ocean below, it's fantastic. I saw two huge sea turtles, a crevice-like blow hole and it's a great spot to say 'I'm in Hawaii!' And it's safe. I'm no mountain goat. Maybe just an old goat. :)

Loved the views!!!!

5 months ago

Awesome! Totally worth making the trek down to the water.

hiking
5 months ago

Hike is a fun, quick little mini scramble with a number of routes down and up. The blowhole is a great sight to see and provides many good picture opportunities. Drive to get in is also very scenic (from the southwest via Lahaina and Kapalua) and very exciting / anxiety-inducing from the northeast. Well worth it!

6 months ago

view was amazing

6 months ago

Nice views and the blowhole goes off frequently—at least in rough seas. Would have been a 5 except for the crowds. There was a very nice woman set up selling food and beverages.

hiking
8 months ago

awesome views and crazy rocks. this is a really short hike can almost see blow hole from the parking area. there is a few slippery spots sand and mud if you go to close. overall great place to sit near a cliff watching huge waves crash and blow hole puffing water.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a great view at the end. Blow hole was amazing phenomena. Views of cliff were nice too.
We did with kids of 5 and 9 yrs of age without much difficulty.

9 months ago

There are two ways to get there. Google maps had us park near the ceremonial rocks (large spiral maze of rocks and excellent viewpoint) the trail is on the right slightly hidden. Once you're on the trail stay to the right when you hit the ocean rocks. Alternatively, you could drive a little further to the next parking entrance and hike down the edge of the rocks.

Excellent hike and view of the rarity that is a natural blowhole!

10 months ago

Nice little hike down to the blowhole. Be careful on the way back as there are several ways to get back to the top. By the time we headed back, it was dark and we ended up emerging back at the road a few blocks east from where we parked the car.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a great hike. Very scenic. If you're not sure-footed, you can still see the blowhole from the top of the trail. Be sure to find out when the tide is high so you can actually see it blow. Take the warning signs seriously, people have died. We came at low tide so there wasn't much action, but still incredible views! Be sure to look for the heart in the rock. A must see!

hiking
11 months ago

A great trail that was one of our most memorable excursions in Maui. Definitely go to the second trailhead that has a fun descent to the blowhole.

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