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How to be a Queen for the Day in Maui

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Description: Amazing tide pools located on the ocean’s edge

Downside: Slightly rough terrain to hike down

How to Get There: Take Honoapiilani Highway (Highway 30) north, past Kapaluato Kahekili Highway (Hwy 340) to the 16-mile marker just past the Bell Stone. Park at the trailhead and follow the hiking path down to the water.

Adventure Details:

While in Maui, I wanted to go see tide pools that were off the beaten path; a little ‘oasis’ I could call my own. After asking a few locals, they directed me to the Olivine Pools.They described the water as bluer than anything I’ve ever seen with fish that were just as radiant and colorful.

Olivine Pools, Maui

Olivine Pools, Maui

The Olivine pools are named such because they give off a lustrous, gem-like appearance because of the Olivine embedded in the surrounding lavarock formations.

Hike down to the Olivine Pools, Maui

Hike down to the Olivine Pools, Maui

Arriving at the trailhead for the pools, I got my hiking gear ready and braced myself for the short hike down to the Olivine pools. If I could have, I would have run all the way down. I could have slowed down a bit and not have scraped my knee, but sometimes roses have thorns, and this place was no exception.

Heart-shaped Olivine Pool, Maui

Heart-shaped Olivine Pool, Maui

I headed towards the pool shaped like a heart, the main attraction of the Olivine pools. It was filled with electric blue water, just as the locals described. To get to the heart, I had to walk through the first set of pools, which had a naturally-formed entrance.

Colorful fish swimming in the Olivine Pool, Maui

Colorful fish swimming in the Olivine Pool, Maui

Immediately I noticed all the colorful fish swimming next to us as if they were welcoming me into their home.

Beautiful gem-like Olivine Pool, Maui

Beautiful gem-like Olivine Pool, Maui

Trudging knee-deep in the water, I made my way over to the central heart-shaped pool. It looked like a bath made out for a Queen.  I got in and floated on my back and looked up at the sky, almost as blue as the water, admiring the fluffy, white clouds. I heard the thundering wave’s crash on the rocks and felt a bit vulnerable against all this water. If the surf is up, the conditions can be unsafe, so heed the warnings and do not enter for your safety.

After exploring everything to see, I gathered up my stuff and headed away from the Olivine pools back to the Jeep. I took one last look towards the pools, happy I was able to spend time here and experience this incredible place.

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Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the creator of The Traveling Vixen, which captures her adventures around the world. Her passion is to inspire others to grow by experiencing and learning new things in the world.

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