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Waioka Pond Venus Pool

Maui, Hawai'i

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  • The parking area in a deluge. - Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • Access was just opened up to the trail recently, as it lies on private property. A sign now warns that the landowner is not responsible for any injuries.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • A short trail follows the bluff toward the pond. - Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • At a Portuguese oven, the trail leaves the bluff and cuts down a hillside toward the pool.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • Walking down the slope, with the Venus Pool below.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • The first spot overlooking the pool is also the highest of the cliffs to jump into the water from.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • It is typical to find crowds at the pool.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
  • A cliff jumper leaping from the 45-foot ledge into the pool.- Waioka Pond Venus Pool
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Pros: 
Beautiful swimming hole. Cliff jumping.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Region:
Maui, HI
Access: 
Hike-in
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Greatest Height: 
45.00 ft (13.72 m)
Distance: 
0.25 mi (0.40 km)
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Rocky shore
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Waioka Pond, also commonly called the Venus Pool, is an idyllic swimming hole with the added bonus of having various rock ledges that are perfect for cliff jumpers. Located a few miles south of the town of Hana, the pool's distance from the tourist centers of Maui keep the crowds down, though you should still expect to see quite a few people swimming or just peeking in. But this may not be a bad thing; depending on who is down there, you can likely see some locals and visiting daredevils leaping from the tallest of the ledges surrounding the pool, which stand about 45 feet above the water.

The pool itself sits surrounded by boulders and stones in an area where a seasonal stream meets the ocean. The waves lap at the far end of the pool, keeping the water circulating and giving the cove almost a natural infinity pool appearance. 

A mix of the jagged lava rocks and slick boulders makes the area best for sitting and jumping, so shoes are helpful, and it may be best to avoid the area during or after wet weather.

The trail to the pool can be hard to notice. It lies through some tall brush beside a bridge immediately south of mile marker 48. There are only a few parking spots along the shoulder on the east side of the road; do not park on the west side, since these are yards that belong to the locals. Just behind the stone bridge wall, a trail enters the brush for a few feet before coming to a recently opened path through Hana Ranch property. A clear trail goes for less than a quarter mile before reaching a Portuguese oven and dropping down toward the pool.

There are no amenities of any type at the pools.

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