Ching’s PondMile Marker 16.9
Just south of Ke’Anae Point on Maui’s north shore, a few steps away from Hana Highway, Ching’s Pond, also known as Blue Sapphire Pools, sits below a modest but picturesque waterfall. Its proximity to the highway results in some traffic noise throughout the day, but other than that, this is a nice little swimming hole with easy access. Ching’s Pond is also a great place to stop if you’re taking on the Road to Hana scenic drive. With hardly any hiking required to reach the pond, the family can enjoy more time in the pond. Be careful when jumping from the surrounding cliffs as there is a shallow ridge that runs through the pond’s center. Always look before you leap!
Twin FallsMile Marker 2.1
This is a popular sightseeing location and photograph opportunity for visitors to the Valley Isle, which is why the parking lot at the trailhead is typically crowded. Luckily, most of these visitors hike to the first set of waterfalls, take a few photos and return to the highway. Determined cliff jumpers will be rewarded with more seclusion further up Ho’olawa li’ili’i Stream. From the trailhead, walk to the fork and take the left path. Cross over the irrigation ditch to find a swimming hole known locally as “Caveman.” The pleasant waterfall spills over a cave entrance draped in vines. After the hike back to the parking lot, take a moment to visit the farm stand for some delicious snacks and frozen treats.
Waikamoi StreamMile Marker 9.9
Waikamoi Stream is only a short walk from the highway and offers a couple of great swimming and diving pools perfect for the whole family. East Maui Irrigation ditches control the water that forms this stream. The company, which traces its roots to the late 19th century, occasionally diverts the water, typically to central Maui sugarcane fields, resulting in much lower than usual flow. You can see one of the closest waterfalls from the road. If the flow is heavy, dive right in! The second waterfall, the larger one, offers comfortable places to sit and relax below as the cool water cascades over you. After all that cliff jumping, you’ll definitely have worked up an appetite. Be sure to pay a visit to nearby Ka Hakus Smoke Shack for some unbelievable Hawaiian barbeque and coconut water.
To make sure your Maui cliff jumping adventure goes off without a hitch, bring along swimsuits, hiking shoes, dry bags and changes of clothes. Your rental car will thank you. Also, be careful out there. Avoid these areas during and after extended periods of rainfall and heed all trail signage. For more information on how to make the most of your trip, download Maverick Helicopters’ All-in-one Maui Guide. Don’t forget to share your Maui vacation photos on our Facebook page!