Well, yes it is real but is it natural? I don’t know . . . We came across this pleasant little surprise when we actually had come to see the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui (photos to follow).
|A bit surreal . . .
|It’s positively glowing . . .
|There was no one nearby to take a photo of both of us together.
The drive from Kapalua, around Nakalele Point and on to Wailuku is extraordinary. Nakalele Blowhole is the result of the ocean wearing away the shore below the lava shelf. With each wave, water is forced through a hole in the lava shelf resulting in the “eruption” of water similar to a geyser. The “blowing” of the water varies dramatically depending on tide levels and wave action. High tide and strong surf result in the best effects. The blowhole can be seen from the road when the wave action is right or you can hike down to the area – just don’t get too close!
- The blowhole, point and light beacon can easily be seen from the trailhead without taking the hike.
- Use extreme caution when walking these trails as they are rocky and descend steeply toward the ocean. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and use sunscreen. Always bring drinking water, do not hike alone, and tell others about your hiking itenerary.
- Be extremely careful around the blowhole as the waves and resulting eruptions are unpredictable and are deadly dangerous.
- Never sit on, touch or get close to the blowhole or erupting water.
- Monitor the ocean conditions continuously as rough waves may endanger you as the trail nears the water.
|Duly noted . . .
|It was like a ‘moonscape’
|I took a tumble on this lava – it was razor-sharp and shredded my hand quite a bit – aarghhh
|What could grow here?
|Our first glimpse
|People! there’s a hole there that leads directly into the ocean!!
All I can say is that it was an incredible experience and we came away awed and soaking wet!