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Venus Pool, Southeast Maui

Waikoa Pond, or Venus Pool, in southeast Maui, is a naturally formed swimming pool in an incredibly beautiful setting next to the ocean. The pool, in between Hana and Oheo Gulch Pools, is one of a series of waterfalls and pools. Local lore says that in ancient Hawaii only royalty were allowed to use this exquisite site.

The freshwater swimming area is a perfect place to spend a secluded day. Sunbathe on the large, smooth rocks and indulge yourself in the warm, calm water. Itís best not to go near the surf at the ocean end of the stream, as the undertow is strong.

The trail to the pool is not marked and is easily missed by the crowds heading south to the waterfalls. Park at mile marker 48 on Hana Highway before the bridge. On the other side of the fence follow the well-worn footpath that parallels the stream. Turn right toward the stream and take the path down to the smooth rocks above the stream.

Enjoy your stay at this unforgettable hidden place in paradise.

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