There’s nothing more humbling than seeing Mother Nature in action. This is especially true on the island of Maui, where majestic, thundering waterfalls draw visitors from across the globe. Swim beneath a gentle cascade, or trek to a multi-tiered tumbler. You’ll soon discover that the best waterfalls on Maui are wild and untamed.
You’ll never run out of exciting things to do and see on Maui. Before you begin planning your trip to the island, be sure to request your copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! This carefully curated guide is full of local recommendations for great restaurants, shopping, outdoor recreation, and more. It even includes hikes that take you to some of the best waterfalls on Maui!
The Top 5 Best Waterfalls on Maui
1. Twin Falls
If you’re looking for a waterfall that is easily accessible, Twin Falls is one of the best cascades to visit. You can drive to this majestic sight as your first stop on the Road to Hana, a popular scenic drive that makes for the perfect day trip. Once you’ve arrived at Twin Falls, you’ll find a short, easy hike that leads to the falls. This spot gets its name from the two streams of water that cascade side by side over the opening of a cave. Spend a few minutes snapping pictures, then jump in for a swim to cool off.
Local Tip: On your way back to the car, stop at the snack stand and pick up a tasty treat. They have fresh fruit, smoothies, baked goods, and more.
2. Waimoku Falls
If you’re planning to take the Road to Hana, you’ll find another beautiful waterfall along the way. The Waimoku Falls are 400 feet high and can be viewed by taking the Pipiwai Trail. Four miles roundtrip, the hike isn’t very difficult and takes travelers past unique sights like a Banyan tree, bamboo forest, and a grove of apple trees. Although the waterfall is worth the hike, this is one of the most popular trails, so expect the area to be crowded.
3. Waikamoi Stream & Waterfalls
No matter what your plans are for the day, a stop at Waikamoi Falls is easy to add to your itinerary. You can literally drive right up to the cascades and take a few steps from the road to get an up-close look at one of the best waterfalls on Maui. The first fall that you’ll come across also has a refreshing pool for swimming. Continue on to witness the second waterfall with multiple places to sit at the bottom and let the water fall over you. If you’re traveling with older people or children, this is a great fall to visit as it doesn’t require strenuous activity to reach.
4. Honokohau Falls
With two tiers plunging a total of 1,100 feet, Honokohau Falls is said to be the tallest waterfall on Maui. This monstrous cascade was featured in the movie Jurassic Park and is truly a sight to behold. The waterfall is in an inaccessible valley in West Maui, but a helicopter can take you there.
5. Seven Sacred Pools
The Seven Sacred Pools are some of the most mesmerizing natural wonders of Haleakala National Park. Several flowing waterfalls create freshwater pools where hikers can stop and rest. To get to the Seven Sacred Pools, you must take a short hike through a bamboo forest. And, if you’re going to swim here, be sure to follow all signs and practice caution when swimming or hiking in the Hana district.
Unwind from the Day at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
After exploring some of the best waterfalls on Maui, come back to The Old Wailuku Inn. Our bed and breakfast is close to all the best waterfall hikes in the area, making it easy for you to visit each and every one. When you stay with us, you’ll have a unique, unforgettable experience.
Our gorgeous accommodations, luxurious amenities, and beautiful views make our inn one of the most sought-after places to stay on Maui. Spend the evenings relaxing on our lanai or slip into a bubbling bath to rejuvenate your muscles after a day of hiking. In the morning, you can indulge in our gourmet breakfast to fuel up for your next day of adventures.
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