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Maui Pond Named to Travel Channel’s Top 10 Swimming Holes

June 15, 2016, 7:47 AM HST
* Updated June 15, 1:11 PM
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The Travel Channel has named Waioka Pond in East Maui to a top 10 list of the Best Swimming Holes in the US.

The list is featured in the Travel Channel’s new series, “Top Secret Swimming Holes,” that will run on the network this summer.

Topping the list was Bingham Falls, Vermont; followed by Enders Falls Connecticut at #2; and Ginnie Springs Florida at #3. Others on the list include: (4) Little River Falls, Alabama; (5) McKinney Falls, Texas; (6) Opal Pool, Oregon; (7) Quarry Park, Minnesota; (8) Seven Teacups, California; (9) Slide Rock, Arizona; and (10) Waioka, Hawaiʻi.

The network describes Waioka as a “cliff jumper’s paradise.”  It is often referred to by visitors as “Venus Pool.” While it was not mentioned in the announcement, access to the area, is actually on Hāna Ranch land.

While the list announcement highlighted the areas attributes, it did not mention its location along the rugged coastline and flash-flood conditions can make the destination unsafe, especially for those unfamiliar with the area. It is unknown if the dangers are mentioned in the actual network segment that will air.

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“Top Secret Swimming Holes” is part of “Dive Into Summer,” Travel Channel’s summer programming lineup that begins Sunday, June 19 and showcases what network representatives call, “the world’s ultimate water paradises with a touch of fun, sun, thrills and adventure.”

Waioka Pond. Maui Now image.

Waioka Pond. Maui Now image.

Swimmers float along Arizona's Slide Rock, a red-walled wonder with a slippery natural waterslide. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Swimmers float along Arizona’s Slide Rock, a red-walled wonder with a slippery natural waterslide. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Rappelling is a necessary skill in order to successfully navigate the Seven Teacups in California. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Rappelling is a necessary skill in order to successfully navigate the Seven Teacups in California. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Swimmers take a flying leap from the red granite cliffs of Minnesota's Quarry Park. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Swimmers take a flying leap from the red granite cliffs of Minnesota’s Quarry Park. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Oregon's Opal Pool is hidden deep in an ancient forest, and features bright emerald green water. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

Oregon’s Opal Pool is hidden deep in an ancient forest, and features bright emerald green water. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

A swimmer enjoys the rock slide at Connecticut's Enders Falls. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

A swimmer enjoys the rock slide at Connecticut’s Enders Falls. Photo credit: Travel Channel.

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