10 of the best maui waterfalls


If you’re traveling to Maui, you probably have a bucket list of activities you’re looking to conquer. Among them, no doubt is visiting Maui waterfalls. Famous for its lush valleys featuring cascading waterfalls, this Hawaiian Island is a treasure trove of beauty just waiting to be discovered. Luckily, Maui has plenty of waterfalls, ranging from those that are easy to access to off-the-beaten-path gems. Come along, as we journey through the best of the best Maui waterfalls.

1) Waimoku Falls

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At a height of 400-feet, Waimoku Falls is one of the tallest Maui Waterfalls on our list. To see this powerful sight, you’ll need to hike the Pipiwai Trail, which s 4-mile roundtrip. Although the hike is strenuous at times, the bamboo groves, banyan trees, and gorgeous pools of water along the way make it very worthwhile. Plus, the reward at the end—Waimoku Falls—is a sight you won’t soon forget!

Tip: Wear good shoes as the path can be slippery and muddy at times.

Location: Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District near Oheo Gulch

2) Wailua Falls

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There are a lot of waterfalls along the Road to Hana. In fact, several of the best Maui Waterfalls on this list are located there. Wailua Falls is a favorite of many travelers. As a result, it’s the most photographed waterfall on the island. Its roadside location at mile marker 45 makes it a convenient stop. On the other hand, you can also see the waterfall from your car. The 80-foot-high waterfall is spectacular from any vantage point.

Tip: Wear a bathing suit and trek down to the base of the pool for a quick dip!

Location: Mile Marker 45 on the Road to Hana

3) Twin Falls

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As the first waterfall on the Road to Hana, Twin Falls is famous. As such, it can get a bit crowded. However, the ease of access and overall scenery of the falls makes any crowds bearable. Follow a short path to the two falls, which are surrounded by swimmable pools and a jungle setting.

Tip: Buy some fruit from the nearby roadside stand for a snack.

Location: Just past Mile Marker 2 on the Road to Hana.

4) Honokohau Falls

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At a towering height of 1,100-feet, Honokohau Falls is Maui’s tallest waterfall. It’s also one of the most elusive as it’s located in a remote section of West Maui. As a result, you’ll need to reserve a helicopter tour to see this remarkable sight.

Tip: Book an early morning flight for best viewing conditions.

Location: West Maui Mountains

5) Lower Puohokamoa Falls

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As these waterfalls can’t be seen from the road, many people drive right past this Road to Hana gem, completely overlooking this incredible natural attraction. However, this 200-foot high waterfall is not one to miss! This waterfall does require a hike. Although short, the trail is slippery and narrow. As such, it’s recommended for seasoned hikers only. Do keep in mind, there is an overlook for the falls at the start of the trail. That view alone is worth the stop!

Tip: There are rumors the Lower Puohokamoa Falls trail is private land. If you see private property signs, turn around!

Location: Approximately 8/10 of a mile past Mile Marker 10 on the Road to Hana

6) Oheo Gulch Pools

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At the end of the Road to Hana, you’ll find Oheo Gulch—a stunning Maui scene if there ever was one! Several falls come together, creating a cascading oasis of water that is swimmable. In fact, the tiered falls create natural waterslides and lagoons. As a result, it’s like a natural water park! These waterfalls are also easy to access, with only a short walk required.

Tip: Heavy rains may restrict swimming, so check local water levels if that’s your main reason for visiting.

Location: Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District near Oheo Gulch

7) Upper Waikani Falls

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Picture a 70-foot, a triple waterfall cascading into a beautiful pool of water—that’s Waikani Falls. Also known as “Three Bears Falls” due to each fall having a differing size, it’s a postcard-perfect Road to Hana attraction. Luckily, the hike to the falls is only about 1/10 of a mile. As a result, it’s rather easy to access.

Tip: You can view a section of Upper Waikani Falls from the nearby bridge. If you do tackle the quick hike, wear appropriate shoes as it can be slippery!

Location: Just past Mile Marker 19 on the Road to Hana

8) Makamaka’ole Falls

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Some of the best Maui waterfalls are located in the West Maui mountains. However, that location makes those waterfalls difficult to access. Makamaka’ole is one of the only West Maui waterfalls accessible by land. With that in mind, it’s a unique experience for any traveler. The fact that is boasts two waterfalls, one is 270-foot-tall while the other is 60-feet-high, doesn’t hurt either! To view the higher falls, hike about one mile up the Waihe’e Ridge Trail.

Tip: The smaller falls can be seen from Kahekili Highway just past Mile Marker 8.

Location: Kahekili Highway Loop

9) Makahiku Falls

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Masahiko Falls is located along the Pipiwai Trail, the same trail that leads to the aforementioned Waimoku Falls. However, the hike to reach these falls is only one-mile roundtrip instead of four. The falls, while not 400-feet like Waimoku, are still impressive at 185-feet. An overlook allows viewing from above, which is a unique vantage point you won’t find at most Maui Waterfalls.

Tip: Wear good shoes as the path can be slippery and muddy at times.

Location: Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District near Oheo Gulch

10) Punalau Falls

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As one of the lesser-known Hana Highway waterfalls, Punalau Falls is a hidden gem. The 100-foot falls are surrounded by a lush canyon, creating a picturesque setting. In addition, the waterfalls, which require a 15-minute uphill hike to access, are an ideal waterfall for visitors searching for a secluded spot away from the crowds.

Tip: The trail can be very slippery, so wear shoes with good tread. Also, do not go after heavy rains as flash flooding can occur.

Location: 1/4 mile past Mile Marker 13

As you can see, when it comes to waterfalls, Maui has plenty to choose from. Which one tops your bucket list? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

By: tripster.com

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