By Viator, August 2014
There’s little more iconic than the image of a sheer mountain cliff surrounded by sea, its verdant flora overtaking the whole of the mountainside, greenery everywhere save for a little gap in the vegetation from which spouts a mighty torrent of water. If this is Hawaii as you think of it, and waterfalls your idea of majesty, then you’re in luck, because no matter what island you’re on, Hawaii has got the landscape and rainfall perfect for (and ripe with) those mighty waters.
With rugged, mountainous terrain, exotic flora and fauna, and a stunning natural landscape like something out of the Mesozoic, a trek through the rainforests of Maui is sure to be a singular pleasure. And while Maui is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, its back trails can be hard to find or confusing for first-time visitors. Consider familiarizing yourself with your host island with a Maui Waterfalls guided hike. Or physically immerse yourself in a sporty snorkel and kayak adventure to see those cascading falls up-close and personal.
Kauai is perhaps Hawaii’s most pristine island, so if you find yourself here, take advantage with a Kauai Falls hike, or a explore this stunning natural landscape a little more in-depth by both kayak and mountainous trek.
Oahu’s waterfalls aren’t to be missed, and a small group tour is a good option because it allows for a more intimate experience, and the ability to level questions at your lively and informative guide.
Or if you’re feeling like being pampered (you’re on vacation, after all), consider taking to the skies on a Big Island Helicopter Tour. You’ll be given a bird’s eye view of the island, its slowly erupting volcano and its sluggish but fiery lava flow, before whisking over verdant tropical rainforests and monumental waterfalls (the Big Island has some of the best).
Tours & Tickets
Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes
Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours
Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours