Saturday, January 10, 2009

Maui Day 5

With little time to spare before our return flight to Oahu, there was one last thing we really wanted to see on Maui: the Olivine Pools.  Our trusty guidebook gushed more about this single site than anything else in its pages.  And we'd had such good luck with Maui Revealed thus far that we didn't want to miss seeing them.

The drive up to the pools was farther than it sounded, with state road winding down to county road before we'd reached the unmarked (and empty) turnoff.


From the car, we carefully picked our way down some tricky slopes, heeding the warning signs promising "injury or death" to the unwary.

And finally, we reached the pools themselves.


Our cheap waterproof camera really doesn't do the site justice, but it was undoubtedly one of the coolest places either of us had ever seen, period.  The pools are wide and deep, scattered on the ocean's edge, where a large formation of volcanic rock is just high enough to keep the surrounding sea out.  Colorful tropical fish of all shapes and sizes swim around in this haven, protected from all of their predators.  And humans taking a dip can relax in perfectly still, emerald-tinged water, as the waves crash dramatically against the sheltering rocks just a few feet away.
We couldn't have wished for a better end to our time in Maui.