Ahalanui: A Volcano Heated Hot Tub?

Yes, you read that title right. 

Along highway 137, just south of Volcanoes National Park, is a little gem known as Ahalanui Park. Driving along the quiet, curvy, road you may get lost in the lush, tropical beauty of the area, but if you’re not careful you’ll drive right by the fenced parking lot for this hidden gem. Literally, blink and you’ll miss it. The highlight at this park is the part-natural-spring, part-man-made pool, which is heated to a balmy 90 degrees by the Kilauea volcano bubbling far below.

How cool is that?

While you won’t find a switch to turn on any jets to this natural hot tub, you will find the hot spring nestled in between a thick coconut grove and the bright blue ocean. The man-made rock wall and inlet partially separates the spring from the ocean; however, the interesting design of the inlet allows ocean water to flow into the pool constantly adding new water. And before I go, can we talk about the palm trees for a minute. Those palm trees, there were so many of them! Needless to say, the abundance of palm trees throughout the park provided an incredible backdrop for a lovely afternoon dip.

I’m a sucker for palm-tree lined anything…

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Anyone up for a swim?

5 Comments

  1. July 15, 2014 / 4:05 AM

    The owner of our temporary home on The BIg Island told us about it, but we didn’t get a chance to do it 🙂 Sounds so much fun, hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 And those palm trees are so beautiful 🙂

    • July 15, 2014 / 6:27 PM

      I couldn’t get over HOW many palm trees there were 🙂 I loved it! You’ll have to add it to your agenda next time!

    • July 15, 2014 / 6:26 PM

      Hey! It was amazing and it was very hard to leave. The only thing that helped was knowing we were driving up to see the glow of the Volcano that night 🙂

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