5 Waterfalls Not to Miss on Maui

 

 

5 Waterfalls Not to Miss on Maui

Looking to check out and jump off some of the most beautiful waterfalls out there? We've put together a list of some of the best waterfalls you can find on Maui, which are probably some of the prettiest waterfalls in the world. You may want to bring a couple things, like a waterproof phone case, camera and a dry bag to keep you stuff safe and dry. But no matter what your trip to Maui has to offer, you don't want to miss these waterfalls. Here's our list of 5 Waterfalls Not to Miss on Maui (and then some):

Kipahulu and Oheo Gulch

“Seven Sacred Pools”

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20.664321,-156.0546704

Description

Also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, Oheo Gulch is one of the most famous sets of waterfalls on Maui. While there are technically more than seven actual pools, this area has been known as the Seven Sacred Pools because each pool is connected by a waterfall, filling the next pool until the water drains off into the ocean. Also, at the time of this writing, you are not allowed to actually enter the pools and swim. You can check here for more info. That does change fairly often, however.

Oheo Gulch requires a fee to gain entrance to and, while the fee is not hefty, it is something you have to take into account. Plan to pay by card, because, at the time of this writing, they don't accept cash here. There is also an area around here that allows for you to set up a tent and camp, but, again, you have to pay a camping fee to do so. If you have the Maui Tri-Park Pass, that grants you access to this park.

Cost

Park Pass: $30

Solo Entrance Fee: $25

Camping Fee: $0

Links

https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/fees.htm

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Waimoku Falls and the Pipiwai Trail

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20.6787764,-156.0588216

Description

If you continue on within Kipahulu along Pipiwai Trail, you will come to Waimoku Falls after an approximately 2-mile hike. Waimoku Falls is a 400-ft waterfall. The hike consists of a bamboo forest and this hike takes roughly two hours.

Makahiku Falls

There's another waterfall along the way if you branch off from the main path and it's not as tall as Waimoku Falls, but since it's not as tall, it's also less known about and that means it's typically less busy.

No dogs or pets are allowed here, since its a national park. 

Drones are also not allowed.

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Twin Falls

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20.9122113,-156.2452894

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Twin Falls is an area that's more on the beginning of the Road to Hana. After approximately 20 minutes of driving on the Road to Hana, outside of Paia, there will be a rest stop with a small parking lot on the right side (mountain side) of the road. It's a hard one to miss. Twin Falls has a food and fruit stand set up near the parking lot and if you continue on into the area, you can come across a couple waterfalls.

This is one of the easier to access waterfalls, as you don't have to drive far on the Road to Hana to see it, it's right on the side of the road and it's easy to spot.

It's not uncommon that they shut off access to some of the waterfalls due to weather. Rain can make hiking some of these trails dangerous to embark upon.

Be respectful of this area and the land. There are people who live back here. Respect their privacy and their land and you should not have any problems. 

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Makamakaole and Thirteen Crossings

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20.958256, -156.534576

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Three Bears (Upper Waikani Falls)

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20.8323667,-156.1388433

Description

Upper Waikani Falls is another favorite on the Road to Hana. Also known as Three Bears, Upper Waikani Falls has three waterfalls right next to each other.

Not only is it a picturesque set of neighboring waterfalls, it's located at the perfect spot on the Road to Hana to take a break. The Road to Hana takes anywhere from two and a half hours to three and a half hours and Upper Waikani Falls is located at about the halfway mark. You can get out, cool off in the pool here and snap some photos of these beautiful falls

One thing to take note of is that this isn't a good spot for cliff jumping. There are a handful of options that are much safer for jumping off a waterfall into the pool below, but this isn't one of them.

Disclaimer

For this waterfall, as with all others,  always be careful when walking across these rocks and don't go in or near the water when there's any risk of flash flooding.

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Lower Puohokamoa Falls 

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20.8697215,-156.1904215

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More Waterfalls: Honorable Mentions

Honokohau Falls
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20.9063,-156.5857887

Description

The longest waterfall on Maui, Honokohau Falls, can only be seen by helicopter. This is one of the most spectacular sights you can see and would definitely be something you wouldn't forget.

Since you can only see this by the air, reservations are a must. It's not something you can see anywhere else. You can book this trip by the link below or right here.

Reservation Link 

https://www.partner.viator.com/en/24321/tours/Maui/West-Maui-and-Molokai-60-minute-Helicopter-Tour/d671-5069WEST60

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Wailua Falls
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20.6833558,-156.0326551

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References

https://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/hawaii-honokohau-falls.html

http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=maui

https://vacatia.com/family-vacation-guide/maui-map/10-maui-waterfalls-to-add-to-your-bucketlist

http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2013/04/pipiwai-trail-to-waimoku-falls/

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