Rappel Maui

Rappel Maui is the island's boldest and most unique adventure!

Rappel Maui waterfall descent sideview

Canyoneer down the cascading waterfalls and jungle walls.

Rappel Maui waterfall

Experience an intimate and exclusive tour of Maui's rainforest and waterfalls.

Rappel Maui

Get the hang of basic rappelling on a 60-foot jungle cliff.

Rappel Maui top view

Discover Maui's natural nooks and niches.

Rappel Maui waterfall descent

Rappel down a 50-foot waterfall into a natural pool

Rappel Maui waterfall

Your final "rap" is a 30-foot into a rainforest canyon!

Rappel Maui waterfall

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Waterfall Rappelling is the island’s boldest and most unique adventure! Canyoneer down the cascading waterfalls and jungle walls into a rainforest canyon. Rappel Maui transports you from central Maui to the rappel site. The privately-owned property is located an hour down Hana Highway. You will experience an intimate and exclusive tour of Maui’s rainforest and waterfalls.

These tours are located in a rain forest where showers are frequent and Rappel Maui operates rain or shine. Weather cancellations are extremely rare. On high-water days when the stream is raging and it is not possible to rappel directly in the waterfalls they have alternate rigging points to rappel down 100 foot cliffs to the edge of the roaring stream. Experiencing the thundering waterfalls of the canyon on high water days is exhilarating, but swimming at the base of the falls is not possible on those days.

Waterfall Rappel Tour

Gear up at the 26-acre botanical gardens, and hike a short distance on private rain forest valley trails. Your knowledgeable guides will give you a “show ‘n tell” and train you on how to use your harness and rope. You will be using the same top-rated equipment as your guides. This wild adventure continues with a practicing basic rappelling on a 60-foot jungle cliff. This is where you learn and practice until you get it right. Your next stop is a 50-foot waterfall into a natural pool, and your final “rap” is a 30-foot waterfall. You will continue your descent into the island’s natural nooks and niches.

Schedule: Tour operates daily. Sunday & Monday at 11:30am, and Tuesday – Saturday at 8am. Additional tour times added based on demand.

Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours

Restrictions: The minimum age is 10. Waist must measure between 22″ and 54″, and weight must be less than 250 pounds. Minimum of 70 pounds.

Zip Rappel Tour

Want to take your rappelling to a new extreme?  The Zip Rappel Tour pushes the envelope with this extended adventure.  Comfortable transportation is provided from  central Maui to the rappel site, which is located an hour down the Hana Highway.    Take in the sites of the famous Hana Highway as you ride to the activity site.  You can make as many as 4 advanced drops of up to 110 feet.  This includes waterfall rappels and a “zip rappel” or “guided rappel” through free space, past a waterfall, and finishes with an thrilling water landing.  After you gear you up, take a short hike on private valley trails to a 50-foot waterfall.  Here your guides will give you a briefing and demonstration, and you will practice your technique down a 40- to 50-foot descent that you can repeat.  Go on a guided rappel off the edge of a 50-foot waterfall cliff, and then a “zip” through free space 80 feet across the canyon over the water with a splash into a deep pool.  After rappelling another waterfall, climb the face of a 35-foot rock falls (weather and water permitting).  The finale the “Savage Ridge,” a 110-foot dry rappel or you can repeat the zip rappel, depending on conditions.

A canopy of plants, ferns and trees will give you cover on the hike back on the well-maintained trail.  There are anchored ropes as railings, and you can stop and rest, take photos and drink water when needed.  It is one mile of hiking with a total elevation gain of about 400 feet.

Schedule: Tour operates daily 9:30am.

Duration: Approximately 6.5 to 8 hours (including transportation)

Restrictions:  Minimum age 14.   All participants must weight between 80 lbs and 230 lbs. This tour is not recommended for guests over the age of 65.  Participants must be physically fit and are experienced in rugged activities.   If participants are in any way unfit for the activity, Rappel Maui may refuse to honor bookings at tour time.

Note:  The tour itinerary may be modified if long periods of heavy rains or severe weather cause high or swift water or raging falls.  In these cases, they use rappel stations that are a safe distance from the water course.

General Information
Check In: 15 minutes prior to departure time at the Kihei Park & Ride

GPS: 20.811218, -156.506165 Click to view map

Tour includes: Rappel Maui has plenty of bottled water. A catered lunch is provided daily, using fresh ingredients.

What to Wear: Men should wear swim trunks or light-weight pants, and a quick-drying shirt. Women should wear surf shorts, yoga pants or quick-drying pants, and a shirt, tankini or bikini top. Swimsuits are not a good idea. In the winter bring a wetsuit top, if you have one. They provide special traction, felt-soled water shoes that you can hike, rappel and swim in. So, it doesn’t matter what personal shoes you wear.

What to Bring: Towel, cameras, waterproof camera. They provide the rest of the gear, including backpacks. Keep valuables to a minimum (cell phone, wallet, camera), and such small items will fit in our waterproof kegs. Whatever you wear will get wet, so bring another set of clothes to change into at the end of the trip.

Equipment: Water shoes, canyoneering backpack, helmet, harness, locking carabiners, safety lanyard (cowstail), rappelling device.

Observers: You hike and swim, or, if you prefer not to swim, you can sit on a rock and observe. You watch the group as it rappels, then a guide will hike you down to the pools to join the rappellers. The valley is a gorgeous place to spend a day.

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Rappel down Maui's cascasding waterfalls
waterfall rappelling
Rappel down Maui's cascasding waterfalls

Cwaterfall rappellingruise Ship Passengers

Pride of America passengers arriving at Kahalui Harbor are able to do this tour. Rappel Maui will pick you up at the dock.

 

Cruise ship passengers arriving in Lahaina may be able to do this tour if you rent a car. Call our office for details.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

This is a fantastic adventure … something that will take you outside of your normal comfort zone. First of all, it is important to realize that waterfall rappeling is not “rock climbing.” This is not a physically demanding activity that requires a great deal of upper body strength. You aren’t going up. Gravity is doing all the work for you, and the rope and gear is there to slow you down on your descent.

While this activity isn’t PHYSICALLY demanding, it can be MENTALLY challenging as you stand at the top of a 60 foot cliff and “go over the edge.” It’s all about trusting the gear and trusting the guides who are there to talk you through the process and watch out for your safety. One guide is at the top overseeing your rigging and talking you through your descent, and another guide is down below, doing what is called a “belay.” By tightening the rope from below this guide can stop you from falling if you start going too fast.
Most people who do this for the first time don’t have the problem of going too fast. It is typically a slow and deliberate descent as you pass rope through the rappeling device. It is possible to skin your knee on a rock, but serious injuries doing this activity under guide supervision are extremely rare, and these guys have a great safety record.

The first rappel is on a steep but not quite completely vertical cliff. This practice gives you a chance to feel all your weight on the rope and to learn how the rappeling device works. This will go a long way to boost your confidence for the first of two waterfall “drops.” You will get wet … you will have fun … and you’ll feel like you are on an expedition straight out of the pages of National Geographic Magazine! A short swim across the “pool” and a scramble down the streambed leads you to the second waterfall rappel.

I found the guides on this tour to be very personable and extremely knowledgeable, including lots of great island narration on the drive to and from the waterfall location. The setting where this tour happens is truly magical. This picturesque gulch about a third of the way along the Road to Hana is known as Puohokamoa and is privately owned and not accessible to the public. It’s a fantastic place to spend a day and this is a truly remarkable vacation activity! HIGHLY recommended!