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Get your swimsuit ready. Here's the unofficial guide to Honolulu's top pools

(Image: Alohilani Resort) (Image: Alohilani Resort)
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In just a matter of months, Honolulu’s summer scorchers will kick it in to high gear and you’ll be left in dire need of a way to beat the heat. 

Of course, there’s always the beach, but sometimes you want to avoid a sandblast to the eyes, blistering UV overload, and the possibility of jellyfish swarm.

Never fear, the Hawaii News Now digital team has come up with the perfect places to take a plunge poolside in Honolulu.

As you can see, this town has a dipping spot for everyone.

Anaha at Ward Village


The coolest pool award goes to this one-of-a-kind glass bottom modern marvel at the Anaha in Ward Village.

Hopefully, you have a friend with a connect because this pool is for building residents only.

The pool extends 15 feet off the edge of the newly-constructed building, hanging 75 feet over jealous bystander below.

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel


A double feature of sorts, The Sheraton Waikiki has options for oasis seekers.

The popular "Edge of Waikiki" offers selfie worthy views of Waikiki Beach perched just a few feet above the ocean.

The "Edge" is for guests 16 years old and up, but a more family-friendly watering hole is the "Helumoa."

The little ones will love the 15-foot high by 70-foot long water slide. Both pools are for Sheraton guests only. 

Alohilani Resort


The newest pool in Honolulu is at the former Pacific Beach Hotel, now dubbed the Alohilani Resort. 

The resort's website makes the claim that the "expansive fifth floor pool deck defines aloha chic."

The infinity pool is surrounded by custom teak furniture, driftwood sculptures, lanterns and glowing fire pits. The restaurant and bar at the pool deck are open to the public, but the pool is for resort guests only. 

Surf Jack Hotel & Swim Club


This Instagram hot spot is a retro blast from the past. The retro design and custom "Wish You Were Here" signage has already become iconic and the hotel only opened back in 2016.

Don't always judge a pool by it's size. What this concrete pond lacks in stature is compensated by personality. Poolside at the Surf Jack is a ultra hip spot to find yourself having conversations with artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more.

While the poolside restaurant is open to the public, the pool is limited to hotel guests only. 

YWCA Downtown


Talk about a hidden gem, the YWCA building on Richards Street is called Laniakea. Literally translated it means "open skies" or "wide horizons." 

This name is the perfect choice given both the open-air design of the building, and the group's mission of opening doors for women.

The YWCA says the open-air corridors, courtyard and pool provide a "Hawaiian sense of respite within the bustling business district of downtown Honolulu."

Fun fact: The pool provided its first swimming lesson back in 1912. Pricing options vary, depending on how much you want to frequent the pool. 

Manoa Public Pool


This public pool is situated in the valley at Manoa District Park. While one the oldest and busiest public pools in the city, it's mountainous rainbow filled backdrop still make it one of the best. 

And it's popular. One Yelp user said: "For being a public pool, this pool is amazing! I almost do not want to share my discovery." 

Be sure to check the hours depending on what type of swimming you wanting to dive into.  

Ritz Carlton Residences


TripAdvisor says you can "luxuriate in the highest infinity pool in Waikiki" at the Ritz's pool.

The super lux pool, which opened in 2016, is located on the eighth floor over looking the lush treetops of Fort DeRussy and the ocean.

With an average night stay costing more than $550, this is the spot to find pampered exclusivity.

Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex


An honorable mention must go to this University of Hawaii hot spot for cooling off. 

The facility, located on the University’s lower campus, includes a 50-meter training pool and a separate 25-yard competition and diving pool. 

The pool stands as a namesake to Hawaii’s most legendary swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

For thrill seekers, the complex features three diving towers at heights of five, seven-and-a-half, and 10-meters. Always bring a valid UH-Manoa ID card or Warrior Recreation Center card. 

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