5 Best Waterfalls in Maui

July 15th, 2019
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Maui is home to some of the world's most beautiful nature, and some of the most epic waterfalls that you find from the side of the road or on a hiking adventure. The Road to Hana will lead you to stunning spots, like the Upper Waikani Falls, among many others. Waterfalls in Maui are magical whether you're taking in the sights from afar or swimming below the cascading water. If you're planning an outdoor adventure trip, these best waterfalls in Maui cannot be missed. 

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Honokohau Falls

Honokohau Falls is thought to be the tallest waterfall on Maui, with its water falling about 1,100 feet. This stunning waterfall is tucked deep within the West Maui mountains, and it can be tricky to access by land. The best way to see this waterfall is on a helicopter tour. Honokohau Falls is largely known for its appearance in the "Jurassic Park" movie. The two-tiered waterfall sits along the edge of rainforest mountainside in Haleakala National Park. 

Makamaka'ole Falls

Makamaka'ole Falls is one of the best Maui waterfall hikes and it is pretty accessible. A 1/2-mile hike leads you to the waterfall and offers beautiful views of the ocean and the tropical rainforest along the way. Once you arrive at the waterfall, you'll find a few swimming holes to take a dip. While the hike is not overly challenging, the trail is known to be overgrown with grasses. 

Twin Falls

The Twin Falls Maui waterfall is one of the first stops along the Road to Hana. An easy one-mile roundtrip hike affords you the opportunity to visit this popular spot. You'll find a pull-off right along Hana Highway and a small gravel road that leads you right to Twin Falls. 

Upper Waikani Falls

Also located along the Road to Hana, the Upper Waikani Falls is also known as the Three Bears falls and is a must-visit spot for photos and swimming. The trio of waterfalls is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and doesn't require much hiking to reach. There is a slight drop off to consider to reach the pools, but if you're not up for it, you can snap a photo right from the road. 

Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Falls is accessed via the Pipiwai Trail 1.8-mile trail that winds alongside freshwater pools and the lush rainforest. The 400-foot Waimoku Falls is in the Haleakala National Park

Plan Your Maui Vacation

Outdoor adventure is abundant in Maui. There are tons of walking and hiking trails in Maui for all experience levels. Contact us to start planning your Hawaii vacation and book your Maui vacation rental today.