Waterfall Hike Tour

The Maui Waterfall Hike is magical

Waterfall Hike Tour walking along the stream

This tour is great for families and groups of all ages

Waterfall Hike Tour picture time

Your guide will also act as your group photographer

Waterfall Hike Tour raging waterfalls

Sometimes these streams are raging after heavy rains

Waterfall Hike Tour Twin Falls

Find exquisite tranquility in the Maui rainforest

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On the Short Waterfall Hike, enjoy two waterfalls on a one-mile walk in the lower portion of this beautiful jungle valley. This is the shorter version of the popular East Maui Waterfall Hike, and it’s a perfect option if you have limited time, don’t want to walk TOO far, or have younger children. Swim under 20 foot waterfalls and if you’re feeling adventurous, jump off rock ledges into the refreshing pools!

General Information
Schedule: Daily

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy walking

Hiking Distance: 1 mile

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: Meet your guide at the Park-n-Ride lot in Kahului. (near the intersection of Highway 350 & Highway 380). Complimentary pick up is also available at Kahului Harbor for Pride of America guests. Pickup from South Shore and West Side hotels is available for $30 per person for those without rental cars.

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

Tour includes: Nutritious snacks and water

Gear Provided: Backpack, rain gear, and bug repellent

Restrictions: Minimum age for this tour is 4

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.

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

short waterfall hike
Find tranquility in the Maui rainforest
short waterfall hike
Take in the beautiful lush landscape

CShort Waterfall Hikeruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do either the East Maui Waterfall Hike or the Short Waterfall Walk on either their first or second day in port. Pickup will be at the Maui Mall, which is a short walk from Kahului Harbor.


Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do the East Maui Waterfall hike or the Short Waterfall Walk. There is a $25 per person upcharge for West Side pickup on these tours.

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???

For those who want to get out in the jungle but aren’t up for a longer hike, the Short Waterfall Walk is perfect …especially for multi-generational groups where grandma wants to take pictures of the grandkids jumping from waterfalls. The walking is easy and the distance is short. And you’ll see waterfalls that other people who aren’t with a guide will completely miss!

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.