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).

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2-Hour Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $499.00

Fire and Falls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes

From USD $233.00

Big Island Super Saver: Helicopter Tour plus Zipline Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $447.61
From USD $176.05

Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $186.46

Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $114.58

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