One of the highlights from our stay on Maui was the beautiful drive up the West coast and a stop at the Nakalele Blow Hole. The road is windy and narrow, sometimes scary and nerve racking. Most maps of the island will have the blow hole clearly marked out. Unlike most geographical landmarks on the mainland, dangerous spots on the island of Maui are only marked by locals, hoping to warn careless tourists of the dangers ahead. Several hand-painted signs lined the way on the path to the blow hole, warning “this is not a water park.”
When a wave comes in, water is shot up through the hole in a powerful and beautiful geyser like explosion. When the water goes back out, it creates a powerful suction affect. This is what can be very dangerous, as numerous people have carelessly danced around the opening of the hole, only to be sucked out to sea in the blink of an eye.
What NOT to do! Search for the Nakalele Blow Hole on Youtube and you will find plenty of chilling videos of the power of the ocean. The ocean is beautiful and fun, but it also should be feared and respected. Do not do what these foolish tourists are doing. This is exactly what others have done before getting sucked out to sea, never to be seen again.