Often known as seven sacred pools, Ohe’o Gulch is an idyllic valley cut by a pool of streams. Magnificent weather, cool breeze brushing your face and an absolute delight to your eyes is what this place offers. It is also known as Kipahulu coastal area and it was donated to Haleakala National Park for the public access. If the weather permits, take a dip into the stream and unravel the joy of being so close to nature. It is one-of-its kind experience. It is a must visit place while you are hiking along the Pipiwai Trail. And make sure you spend a couple of hours discovering this place as it unleashes beauty every minute.
Following are the highlights:
- Numerous fresh water pools
- Road to Hana
- Kuloa point trail
- Kahakai Trail
- Many self-guided trails
- Photographic locations
- Breath taking view
Oheo Gulch Travel Tips
- Do not swim if it rains.
- Follow all the sign boards and adhere to it.
- Path to the Ohe’o Gulch is slippery. Wear hiking shoes.
- Carry water, food and extra pair of clothes if you plan to swim.
- Carry a bug spray.
Entrance Ticket Details For Oheo Gulch
- USD 15 is for Haleakala National Park entry. (3 day pass)
- USD 25 for an annual pass to Haleakala National Park.
Oheo Gulch Hours
- Closed in extreme weather conditions.
- Please enquire the timings before you visit.
How to Reach Oheo Gulch
- By Car.
- It is located 15 minutes past Hana town , near mile marker 42 on the Hana Highway.
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54.01% of people who visit Haleakala National Park include Oheo Gulch in their plan
37.5% of people start their Oheo Gulch visit around 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Oheo Gulch
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oheo Gulch
Oheo Gulch Reviews & Ratings
I gave it 5 for the powerful energy it emits .. but there are sooooo many tourists which took away from the purity of it. But a very sacred space nonetheless. If you can find a space that’s peaceful.. I suggest find a spot and sit; relax and enjoy the powerful energy that is being emitted from the sacred land. Take a journal and just write.
After your hike to the waterfall, make sure you stop at your car to change into your bathing suit and make your way down to the pools. The majority of the people will come here instead of the waterfall so it can be relatively busy. It's really fun to have a swim in the pools and the water is really refreshing. Be careful as these are subject to flash floods but you're most likely safe if you're visiting outside of winter. If you're not going to swim, no worries! Dip your feet in the water, relax and have snack with a view!
Controversial opinion alert! This isn't worth it. $25/car to park and they never let you swim in the pools anymore. If you go, it's a quick 0.5 mile trail round trip to the falls. You drive over it on the way, but the only way to see them is to go down unfortunately and pay for parking.
Nature is beautiful and this is no exception! Certainly worth a stop and the hike. Be sure to wear decent shoes. Also be sure to check for postings about the safety of the water in the pools. Plan to be here early enough in the day to take your time walking and seeing it. If you find my review helpful be sure to ‘like’ it!
Beautiful scenery and waterfalls as well. Sometimes the swimming ponds are open and others they are not depending on how high the water is. It was closed on a day we visited but it was fine. It's just about a quarter-mile in from the park and a very easy hike for all ages. Definitely recommend as it is very soothing and relaxing. Also depending on the time of day you are trying to leave, there are two roads in and out. Highway to Hana and the southern highways. The highway to Hana is extremely crowded after 4 p.m. as everybody is exiting. It can be a four to six hour drive back into town or to get dinner. We drove the southern route and saved a lot of time. I was already planning on driving this way but reaffirmed it with a couple tour bus drivers that said the roads are not dangerous or steep. A little bumpy with potholes on some of the dirt however very manageable for all cars and SUVs. Don't be fooled by the time of 2 hours 30 minutes. I think navigation is assuming you'd be the only one driving.