Jump On In – The Water at Ahalanui is Fine
Have you ever dreamt of a bathtub so huge you didn’t have to worry about propping your feet up just to get some part of you submerged or your back getting cold on the wall behind you while your feet take a soak? Have you thought about floating endlessly in crystal clear salt water with a few of your closest friends or family members with no undertow to worry about? What about a few fishy friends? Yes? Well then welcome to Ahalanui pool.
Pele, goddess of the volcano, heats up this local man-made swimming spot in Kapoho just south of Hilo. This isn’t your mama’s backyard swimming pool though. These volcanically heated waters can get to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When the tide rushes in the spring-fed water mixes with the colder ocean water, but you can always find a toasty spot.
This local attraction was one of those magical places that comes together as a kid and parent friendly spot. Mike could do some swimming and check out the fish that had taken up residence. Dek could still stand on his own feet in the water and splash around. I could relax on the edge, in arms reach of Dek, checking out the fish as they swam by. There were signs that warned of eels in the pool, but we never saw one.
The pool can get crowded, or so they say, but on a weekday morning we only came across one other family, a few people getting in a few laps and some fellow travelers taking a soak. There was more than enough room for all of us. Dek could splash until his heart content without bothering a soul.
A shallow ledge lined most of the pond; the perfect spot for Dek to throw rocks from. He could also use the ledge as a launching point to jump into his dad’s arms. The water got deep, about 5 feet in most spots, pretty quickly, so we kept a life vest on Dek for most of our visit. This way I could I enjoyed lounging on the ledge just soaking up the warm water without the constant fear of Dek falling in and drowning.
Over the man-made wall the waves crashed but our water stayed nice and calm. Oddly enough is was pretty quiet too. We enjoyed our family soak with our fishy friends and just basked in the glory of island life. I’m not sure we would ever be ready to leave.
Know before you go
- Ahalanui, down highway 137 past mile marker 10.
- Closed Wednesday
- Showers are available
- Lifeguards are on duty
- Bacteria can be an issue. Head over in the morning before too many people have filled up the pool or when the new tide is mixing in fresh ocean water.