Hike with Hawaii's "Eco Tour Company of the Year," an award-winning, long-time Maui tour company. You'll walk through the lush rainforest along two streams dotted with several waterfalls from 10 to 40 feet high, each with a large pond perfect for swimming or toe-dipping. It's unusual for a Hawaiian valley to have this many waterfalls close together, so this is a very popular valley along Maui's famous Hana Highway. Great waterfalls, big clear swimming pools, gorgeous bamboo and tropical rainforests, freshwater streams - the whole area is a playground of beauty and adventure. And there is nothing like 'showering' under a Hawaiian waterfall. This hiking company is well-known for their knowledgeable, naturalist guides who provide a fascinating narrative on Hawaii's unique ecosystems. The hike is two miles round trip and footing can be tricky in the wilderness.
Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. Snack packs, bottled water, mosquito repellent and rain wear.
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17 of 17(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Our guide was Glori, she was very knowledgeable about both the history and agriculture in Maui. She led us thru a rainforest (on private property) and to 3 waterfalls & swimming holes. The water was cold but worth the experience. We also got to taste wild nuts/fruits that we picked on the hike and were fed lunch. Bug spray and ponchos were also provided. Sturdy water-friendly shoes are required as well as a towel if you intend to get in the water. The hike was not too bad although there were some spots that required holding onto a rope as you ascend and descend the rocky & wet slopes.
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Review 2 for Waterfalls & Rainforest Hike
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:March
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite port:Kona, Hawaii
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:March 24, 2013
I would recommend this excursion to anyone! Our guide,Dawn, was wonderful! She was very knowledgable about all of the plants and the wildlife. We got to cliff jump off of 2 waterfalls and she even did it with us. I would go on this excursion again in a heartbeat. This is probably my favorite excursion I have done out of the four NCL cruises I have been on.
This was everyones favorite part of our vacation for sure! We have two kids (8 and 10) and we traveled with my Mom (60). Our guide Dawn was the best and we had a true Hawaiian adventure that set the tone for the rest of our vacation. Dawn did a great job! AMAZING!!
Our excursion in Jan. 2013 was well organized. Our guide Marko, met our group of 10 at the pier with a van. We were given backpacks with bug spray, sunscreen, and rain poncho. The drive to where the hike started was only about 15 minutes. The first waterfall is only 7 minutes away! We saw 5 waterfalls and had an absolutely magical hike. Marko narrated the whole time sharing his knowledge of the island's history, culture, plant life. He shared many native foods along the way. An awesome picnic lunch was provided which we all ate while sitting on rocks and enjoying the waterfalls. This is NOT a hike for anyone unstable on their feet. There were many areas where we crossed rapidly moving water walking on slippery, wet rocks. We crossed ravines on narrow old stone and wood walls about 10" wide. The hike takes a good 4-5 hours. It is totally WORTH it. This was my favorite excursion during the criuse. Take a towel and swimsuit. Wear a bathing suit and shorts/t-shirt over. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. You will swim under the falls, walk behind the falls, climb up rocks and jump into the falls (if you want to)! There were several folks that were not swimmers in our group. They enjoyed the beauty as much as the rest of us. Our group included a 6-year old child and a senior citizen. I never saw ANY bugs while in Hawaii.
Pali was our guide & as a Maui local it was really interesting listening to her talk & she was very knowledgable. In my opinion the hike was not difficult (& I am only of average fitness) but yes, some of the terrain was uneven & you are required to walk through water on rocks to see some of the waterfalls. We completed the entire hike in water shoes. Unfortunately we had some less abled walkers in our group which perhaps means we were slowed down some what as a result - but I guess that's the luck of the draw (so to speak).
Fun and memorable! One of the highlights of our trip! Some advice: Jumping into the waterfalls and/or swimming in the pool under the waterfalls was one of the most fun activities. It is not mandatory, but if you want to do it, water shoes are a MUST. Access to the pools is over slippery rocks; water shoes provide not only protection but traction. We could not have done it in bare feet. We took cheap water shoes in our backpacks and wore runners for the rest of the hike. This hike was not strenuous, but it was tricky. The trail had a few steep spots, a lot of tree roots, uneven ground, and a couple of places where we had to walk along a narrow ledge or cross a plank 'bridge'. This hike does not take a lot of strength, but it does require general fitness, agility, and coordination. Our guide was excellent, we had a whole nature lesson on flora and fauna, and I tasted passion fruit for the first time (picked right from the tree). The description should read that snacks, bottled water, bug spray, and rain ponchos are provided. Back backs are also provided (on loan). I had already brought a backpack, but the guide said to use the one provided as everything gets wet and muddy. He wasn't kidding, i ended up back on the ship washing muddy socks in the sink, but it was SO worth it!
We had Sara as our guide. She was very informative and made the hike easy for all who participated. She was very personable and never rushed anyone. We were able to enjoy our time at each of the waterfalls. A light lunch was provided. make sure you take old shoes that you won't mind throwing away afterwards. Shoes get very wet and muddy! Flip flops not a good idea!
I didn't know we would be treading water up to waist deep and it took 2 days for my shoes to dry out. The trails are quite muddy and you just have to embrace it. Having said that, I would totally do this tour again! Dawn was an awesome guide who let us try fruit all day long. She will even let you cliff dive off some of the waterfalls if you want. The trails were a bit challenging, but everyone was able to go where they wanted/needed.
We had fantastic weather and I understand this is not normally the case. Glori our tour guide was really exceptional in every way. The waterfalls were spectacular. We brought our water shoes, however some members of our team were of the understanding they would be provided. They are definitely needed on this excursion. We were able to see beautiful flowers and trees. Again fairly easy hike, but lots to see. well worth the money!
This was a nice enough tour, but I think your fitness level needs to be a bit higher than they rate it. You will be traversing down some wet slippery hills (small cliffs), and holding onto a rope. Many people were falling. Be careful if you are over say... 55 or osteoporotic or osteopenia. Or for that matter any serious health issues. But if young and agile; enjoy!
This was our first excursion off the ship and we weren't sure what to expect. Any expectations we had were exceeded. Sara was our tour guide and I was so happy that we got her. She was extremely knowledgable, included everyone, and her passion for her job showed. You will want to wear water shoes with good traction. There are several spots on the hike where you will get muddy. You will be given a pack to put your belongings in so that you don't ruin yours. Sara had everyone in the van on the way there introduce themselves which I thought was nice so we could get to know one another. We actually wound up hanging around some of the people during other excursions that we met on this hike She explained everything that we were seeing in the ride there and on the hike. She was also able to answer any questions. We had some people on our hike that needed extra assistance and Sara was great. There are about 4 areas you can swim and waterfalls, in a couple you can jump if you chose to. While walking through the rainforest, Sara told us about the plants and fruits and let us eat the fruits along the way. She also had bananas and pineapple for us in addition to our sandwiches, chips, cookie and drink. We got lucky and she let us borrow her bug spray. She was kind enough to provide her personal email address so we could get in contact with her after the cruise while we visit Maui so she could suggest where to go. My husband and I really enjoyed our day. No tour guide compared to her.
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Review 12 for Waterfalls & Rainforest Hike
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:June
Date:July 5, 2012
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The first water fall jump (optional of course)!
So the key to this excursion is to have a group of young & adventurous people. The guide will tailor the level of adventure to the ability & agility of the group. There are 5 waterfalls and you can jump off 2 of them. If you are in a "less adventurous group" you won't even see all 5 waterfalls, let alone have the chance to dive into the lagoons. Our guide, Dawn, was amazing. Her mom is the lead botanist on the island. Dawn showed us quite a few plants along the way, and we were able to eat some of them, like Sugar Cane and Ginger. The waterfalls range from 15 - 40 feet tall. The ones you can jump from are about 20 feet. Make sure you are wearing water shoes or tennis shoes. You'll pay for flip-flops on this one. This was the best excursion we have ever been on!
This tour is exactly as stated in the over view. A good family excursion. Bring water shoes as non are provided. Our guide Luke was great stopped for alot of breaks in walk as some in our group were not use to the walk - area is muddy and slippery with alot of roots but the walk is at a gentle pace. Many people in our group jumped into the falls including a seven year old girl. Meal was great, bun, chips and alot of water (backpack was provided by tour guide)
Our guide, Sara, was very knowledgeable and funny, so she really made our group feel at ease. No question was unanswered. No guest felt left behind. Whether you are ready to tackle jumping the cliff into the waterfall lagoon or just wanted sit by and eat a great lunch, this is great excursion. All ages.
This was enjoyed by young and old in our party. We lucked out. We were a bit late getting to our excursion and our family of 5 only ended up with one other person! Provided are shoes (Tabi) to use for entering the waterfall swimming areas so you don't slip or hurt your feet, an apple banana snack before and maui pineapple after the trip, wonderful sandwich and cookie, bottled water with refills, bug spray (I recommed bringing extra as the mosquitos are plently) and knowledgeable guide (Dylan). We learned about all the plants, flowers and trees and even ate along the way...ice cream bean and wax ginger! The water is cool and refreshing. No concerns as there are no bugs, snakes or poisonous plants! Lunch was eaten by a waterfall. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walking along bumpy and sometimes slippery terrain. Keep in mind, they may not look as new after this so an old pair of tennis shoes are perfect. Dylan was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made the trip worthwhile.
We had a good time. Out guide Chris (Ula Ula) was excellent. Very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. The hike was pretty easy, a little bit of rough terrain near the 1 waterfall. Only drawback was the waterfalls were a bit disapointing. If your expecting to see those 100+ footers you see on brouchers and ads forget it. We saw 2 and both were small. Overall though it was a good experience.
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Review 17 for Waterfalls & Rainforest Hike
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Hilo, Hawaii
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:June 2, 2011
The rain forest was well worth the trip. Our guide Red was extremely knowledgable and very funny and fun. One caution is that getting to the falls is very steep and rocks are very slippery. I am in my 50's and needed to hold 2 hands. the rain forest holds many wonderful secrets.
Try to tour with Red, he makes it even more enjoyable.