Hana Waterfall Hike Waimoku Falls

Hike to the spectacular 400 foot Waimoku Falls

Hana Waterfall Hike bamboo forest

Trek through a mystical bamboo forest

Hana Waterfall Hike upper Oheo Gulch

Another tropical waterfall in the upper Oheo Gulch

Hana Waterfall Hike big banyan tree

This amazing banyan tree is a local landmark

Hana Waterfall Hike Makahiku Falls

Makahiku Falls drops 200 feet into a deep ravine

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Hana Waterfall Hike is a full-day excursion. You completely circle the east side of Maui on the way to and from the day’s premier hiking stop at Oheo Gulch. Although this area is known as “The Seven Sacred Pools,” you will discover more than just 7 pools! Trek through bamboo forests with views of smaller waterfalls, and a 200 foot waterfall. Then arrive at the spectacular valley near the bottom of 400 foot Waimoku Falls! On the scenic “Road To Hana”, you will also experience a variety of ocean overlooks and waterfalls. This long epic day will be one for the books!

General Information
Schedule: Daily

Duration: 11 hours from Central Maui

Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles

Gratuity: Guide gratuity is optional and welcomed … for large parties they do require a $200 gratuity for each group of 7-10 people.

Check In: This tour includes complimentary pickup at most Maui hotels. For those staying outside of the pickup area, meet your guide at the Park-n-Ride lot in Kahului (near the intersection of Highway 350 & Highway 380).

GPS: There is no street address for the Park-n-Ride. The coordinates are 20.875091, -156.461940 Click to view map

Tour includes: Water, snacks, and nutritious lunch

Gear Provided: Backpack, rain gear, and bug repellent

Restrictions: Minimum age for this tour is 8.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

What to Bring & Wear: Running shoes or sports sandals that can get wet and muddy. Shorts and short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts. If mosquitoes really bother you (your guide carries repellent), you could wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Wear a swimsuit underneath so you can swim in the waterfall pools. Bring a towel and sunscreen and your camera & phone in a Ziploc or waterproof bag. Cash to tip the guide.

hana waterfall hike
Makahiku Falls drops 200 feet
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Trek through a mystical bamboo forest

CHana Waterfall Hikeruise Ship Passengers

Hana Waterfall Hike is not available for cruise ship passengers because of its long day itinerary.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

I am often asked, “Why go on a hiking tour? Can’t I just go and experience the same thing on my own?”

The answer to that question is a definitive “no”. You could walk down the same trail on your own and your experience would be completely different. The presence of a knowledgeable local guide who loves the “aina” (land) can make all the difference in your understanding and appreciation of everything that you see and do. You’ll learn about plants that have multiple uses (medicinal and practical) that you never imagined. You’ll taste delicious local fruits and be warned off of poisonous ones. You’ll learn about the history, geology and Hawaiian folklore of the area that offers insight you wouldn’t get going there alone. Hike Maui, the company that organizes these tours, likes to refer to their guides as “the secret ingredient for your experience”.

A guide also knows exactly where these special places are – so your day in the magical rainforest or volcanic landscape is maximized. No hunting for that elusive waterfall … you’ll go straight there and have more time to frolic in the tropic pools. A guide who knows the “aina” will help keep you safe and provide support if you need it. Would you like to jump off a cliff into a waterfall pool below? Doesn’t it sound like a good idea to have a guide who can tell you where it is safe to jump and where there a rocks hiding below the surface?

If you have the time and are up for a longer hike with more elevation gain, the Hana Waterfall Hike is a fantastic day! This is a long day with a lot of riding … the drive to and from the trailhead is 2.5 hours each way with lots of twists and turns and curves and one lane bridges and miles of rugged roads on the back side of Haleakala. When you are standing near the bottom of 400′ Waimoku Falls you’ll agree it was all worth it!

If you are really into hiking, you might consider doing two of these tours … either the Hana Waterfall Hike or the East Maui Waterfall Hike on one day paired with the Haleakala Crater Hike on another. If you want to do a quick one, check out the Short Waterfall Walk.

A word about gratuities … it is traditional for guides in a service industry to rely on gratuities for a significant portion of their income. This time-honored tradition promotes excellence in service and you might want to bring along cash in case you want to express your appreciation to your guide in this way. Please note that for larger parties of 7-10 people this tour operator asks us to include a $200 gratuity for guides in our billing for your tour.