Ahalanui Pool - A Beautiful, Must Visit Big Island Hot Spring
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Puna is a great place to enjoy natural volcanic hot springs. Natural volcanic hot springs that are also considered gifts of the volcano goddess.
One of the best hot springs is called the Ahalanui Warm Pool. It’s highly recommended! The pool is a great place to relax and unwind. Think of it like a natural hot bath or Jacuzzi. Well... maybe not as hot as that, because the water temperature is usually a comfortable 90° F - or 32° C - perfect for this tropical Hawaii weather. Volcanically heated by natural springs, you might notice a slight smell of sulfur. But don’t worry, it’s harmless.
There is a small opening to the ocean in the Ahalanui Warm Pool. When the tides sweep through, it can cool down the hot spring a few degrees. But fresh ocean water helps keep the water clear and allows tropical fish to enter and join in on the fun. Water is fairly shallow, but it does get deep in some areas, especially during high tide. So, use caution as always. And because warm water can easily breed bacteria, avoid entering the pool if you have open cuts or wounds.
The Ahalanui Warm Pool is easy to find, and can be recognized quickly by the concrete sides with stairs to get in and out of the pool. There are other small ponds in the park that you can explore. This park is great for picnics. There is also a pavilion and porta potties. Lifeguards are usually on duty. Make sure to take all your valuables with you, because this park is known to have car break-ins. If you are lucky, there might be a local here hacking open fresh Hawaiian coconuts to add to your local experience!
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