The best part of traveling is when the time change is backwards, a good ol’ 6hours! Woke up at 2am ready for the day but ended up falling back asleep until 5am. I got up and finished planning our day. Our lofty goal was to hike a total of 13 miles along three different stops! This was our original plan to spend our first full day. In reality, that plan didn’t go so well!
First stop, breakfast! Slappys Cakes was right down the block and oh boy was it amazing! It was hard to choose what I wanted to eat. They are known for their, “make your own table side pancakes” but I am not a huge pancake fan. The idea of it is rad though.
Full bellies, our adventure begins! As were driving close to the blow hole stop we came up to “lighthouse point” sign with a pull off. We decided to park and walk down real quick to see the light house. There was also a faint sign that said Blow Hole .5 miles ahead. We didn’t find the lighthouse but I would have to say its still worth the quick stop for these views!
Now this is the Maui I was picturing!
The Oh So Amazing Nakalele Blowhole!
As we headed towards the water there were signs stating how dangerous it can be and crosses from those lives who were taken.
We made our own path down since there really is no trail. It consist of hoping rocks and dirt to the bottom.
The further down we went the more intricate the rocks became.
Since it was just us and one other man I wasn’t sure how close we should go since the warning signs worked and made me question how close we could actually go.
As the waves crashed against the reef, seconds later you hear a deep screaming sound before she blows! It wasn’t big at all but the sounds alone made me completely okay with where I was standing!
This rock was amazing in itself. Can you see the faint blow hole in all its glory from afar?! Since it was 8am I assumed the tied had something to do with it being so small?
THE CLIFF SIDE HEART SHAPED ROCK
Fast forward to the next day! I really wanted to see this so called heart rock that I have seen all over Pinterest! I had to see it to believe it! Sure enough, from doing some research it is apparently right next to the blow hole! People go right up to it! To me, it looked terrifying, especially hearing the screaming sounds coming from the hole. Seeing others do it put me at ease that it was okay to get closer, as long I wasn’t on top of it. After Ioa’s Valley Secret Hike I had to make Ron stop. It was on our way back to the hotel. He gave me 15 minutes. Since he was exhausted, he stayed in the car.
That 15 minutes took me long enough to get to the bottom and I was rushing! It was getting late, most of the area was already shaded. As the directions said, go to base of the blow hole and look right. I couldn’t believe it! It was right there! The beautiful nature warred away heart carved reef rock!
From all the photos I saw, I was thinking it was massive, far away or really high up! NOPE, it was so tiny, about as big as my head and I could walk right up to it!
The blow hole was much more active at this time too!
To continue reading our first full day adventure check out how we hiked into the clouds covered in mud to the top of Wihee Ridge Trail.
Nakalele Blowhole & The Cliff Side Heart Shaped Rock
Hike: Easy/Moderate , no defined trail, about 1 mile round trip.
What to expect: Blow hole may be very small or large depending on tied, keep your distance from the hole, wear good shoes, reef rock is sharp. Give yourself at least 1 hour to hike top to bottom.
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