Manoa Falls Trail and Waterfall Hike

Our journey today takes us to the breathtaking Manoa Falls, nestled in the lush Manoa Valley just 6 miles from downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. A mere 20-minute drive will transport us from the bustling city life to the tranquil heart of nature – a paradise for nature lovers.

This 1.6-mile roundtrip hike is rated as moderate. It’s perfect for hikers with a basic level of fitness and some hiking experience. If you can comfortably walk for about 2 hours on uneven terrain, you’ll have no problem enjoying this hike.

As we embark on our journey, we’ll be welcomed by a bamboo jungle, rustling softly with the breeze. The smell of damp earth and fresh vegetation fills the air, a scent unique to these verdant environments. The trail then leads us through a dense rainforest, a vivid tapestry of tropical plants and towering trees that offer a refreshing canopy from the Hawaiian sun.

Listen closely, and you’ll hear the calls of native birds echoing through the forest, the rustling of leaves, and the distant murmur of water that signals we’re nearing our destination.

Safety is paramount on this trail. Sturdy footwear is a must as the path can get slippery, especially after a rain. Remember, it’s always best to stay on the marked trail to protect both you and the precious ecosystem around you. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to visit to avoid the crowds.

Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse flora and fauna. You might spot colorful birds like the ‘apapane or the ‘amakihi, and an array of exotic plants like the giant ferns, wild ginger, and guava trees.

And finally, as we round a bend, the climax of our hike appears – the majestic Manoa Falls. Gushing down a 150-foot cliff into a small pool, the waterfall is a sight to behold. The sound of the rushing water grows louder as we approach, filling the forest with a soothing melody. As you stand in awe at the foot of the falls, the cool mist that settles on your skin will make every step of the journey worth it.

  • Adults  $51
  • Tour Length 3.5 hours
  • All children are allowed on this tour
  • Tax not included
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Participants must be physically fit
  • Waikiki hotel pick up
  • Comfortable Shoes with Good Traction: The trail to Manoa Falls can be muddy and slippery, so sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots with good traction are essential to navigate the terrain.

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Check the weather forecast before your hike and dress accordingly. Lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended, along with layers in case the temperature changes. Consider wearing long pants to protect against scratches from plants on the trail.

  • Insect Repellent: The lush vegetation attracts mosquitoes and other insects. Apply insect repellent to protect yourself from bites.
  • Extra Water Bottle: Hydration is key, so consider bringing an extra water bottle in case you run out or need to share with fellow hikers.
  • Sunscreen and Hat: Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate through the cloud cover. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen with a high SPF and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
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