Pahoa digs series: Naturally-heated swimming (no, not from pee)

Ahalanui Park, home to a volcanically-heated brackish hot pond, is the perfect place to relieve stress without having to pay the costly fee of a spa or sauna.

Most people are attracted to the Ahalanui Park pond for the stress-alleviating properties of the warm water that is much akin to a hot tub. However, there are also many picnicking families who enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of the park.

Benches provided for picnicking families.

Fish share the pool with waders, let in through a small inlet that connects the pond to the ocean. Usually there are one or two snorkelers, though there are mixed reviews on the quality of snorkeling at the park. Some days it is too dark to see much.

Inexperienced swimmers should be cautious and watch out for the lava rock at the bottom, which can be mossy and slippery.

The temperature of the pond, locally referred to as simply “the warm ponds” or “hot ponds”, can reach 90 degrees, according to Hawaiiweb.com.

Restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are among the amenities offered at this little beach park.

Quiet waters to rejuvenate the soul.

The park is open to the public and a lifeguard is on duty almost daily.

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