The Olivine Pools in Maui

Olivine Pools Maui: Are They Safe to Visit?

Aloha Travelers!

Are you planning a trip to Maui and wondering if the Olivine Pools are safe?

The Olivine Pools are a beautiful and popular tourist destination, but visitors should be aware of the potential dangers of this location. Rogue waves can come out of nowhere at any time, meaning that it is not safe for swimmers to enter the pools.

Hikers will also need to take precautions as the rocky trail can be very dangerous, especially when walking with children or older people.

Keep reading this post to learn more about the Olivine Pools and for some recommendations on alternate natural pools on Maui that you can visit instead!

Overview of Olivine Pools 

As mentioned above, The Olivine Pools are some of Maui’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing vast amounts of visitors each year to explore the tide pools and basalt shoreline.

However, the pools can also be deadly as rogue waves have been known to come over the precariously placed rocks.

The pools are located in a cove where the ocean currents swirl and form giant whirlpools; these strong currents can pose a significant threat to swimmers.

While hiking along the narrow trail, visitors should always be cautious and never try to go off the track.

Olivine Pools waves

Those who are very afraid of heights might want to stay away from Olivine Pools, as you will need to do some serious climbing down a steep hillside to get close enough to the pools. I do not recommend doing this for obvious safety reasons.

The path is filled with loose rocks, making every step you take dangerous to yourself and other hikers around you.

How to get Olivine Pools

The Olivine Pools are located at mile marker 16 in West Maui. Traveling from the Lahaina side of the island will take you about 45 minutes to get there.

The hike begins at the end of Hui Road, along West Maui’s central valley. It is often crowded with tourists who have journeyed from all around Maui.

Parking is available along the road.

Those planning to explore the Olivine Pools should bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as it can get a bit hot along the trail.

Are the Olivine Pools Dangerous?

Yes, the Olivine Pools are dangerous to swimmers and visitors alike. The currents at this location are robust and have killed many people who were swept off the overhanging rocks into the ocean.

Other hazards include flash flooding, falling rocks, collapsing boulders, high surf, etc…

In the above video you’ll see a perfect example of a rogue wave coming out of nowhere.

Can You Swim in the Olivine Pools?

Yes, but we strongly advise against swimming at Olivine Pools.
You are swimming in open water with strong currents; there is always the potential for getting swept away by a rogue wave or whirlpool.

Olive Pools Deaths

The Olivine Pools have seen their share of fatalities over the past few years.

In March of 2018, a Montana man died at the Olivine Pools after jumping in the ocean to rescue his daughter, who unfortunately was swept away by a giant wave. You can click the above article to read more on this story.

Unfortunately, many tourists who visit the Olivine Pools are unaware of this danger, but they mostly attribute their success in returning alive to pure luck.

However, if you want to take your chances at Olivine Pools, please be cautious and follow all safety precautions.

Are there other pools on Maui that are safer?

There are many other beautiful and natural pools along Maui’s coastline.

What other Natural Pools Can you visit?

Twin Falls have beautiful natural pools that you can visit.

They provide a great place to relax and cool down on hot days. The falls are located on the Hana Highway and are one of my favorite stops on The Road to Hana.

Twin Falls is a great alternative to visit in place of the Olivine Pools
Twin Falls

Upper Waikini Falls in Maui is another excellent option. This waterfall was one of my favorites, and yet another natural pool where you can swim.

Upper Waikini Falls are another alternative in place of the Olivine Pools
Waikamoi Falls

Waikamoi Falls found in Haiku are also a favorite on The Road to Hana. It was not packed at all, and we had the entire waterfall to ourselves.

The Seven Sacred Pools, also known as the Pools of Oheo, are another recommendation, but unfortunately swimming is no longer allowed at these pools. I still recommend visiting here though, as the views are amazing.

Last but not least, I recommend Wailua Falls on the Road to Hana. This 80-foot waterfall is one of the best waterfalls on Maui and a popular swimming destination.

Olivine Pools Safety Tips:

  • Never swim alone at Olivine Pools.
  • Stay close to the rocky shoreline and do not venture into deeper waters.
  • Keep track of family members at all times.
  • Do not venture off of the marked paths.
  • Be aware that flash flooding occurs frequently.
  • Take extra precautions at all times.

Olivine Pools Low Tide

The low tide is the safest time to visit the Olivine Pools. If you are set on seeing the Olivine Pools, I recommend checking the tides before you go.

To Wrap it Up

The Olivine Pools in West Maui are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. There is always the risk of getting swept away by a rogue wave or whirlpool. Many fatalities have happened here, so please be extra cautious if you decide to go.

If you are planning on going swimming here, please do not go alone! And remember, swim at your own risk!