These waterfalls can be seen from the famous road to Hana. A very short hike takes you through a sampling of the lush vegetation typical of Maui’s rainforest. Swimming holes at base of the waterfalls are a wonderful place to take a dip in the cool mountain water.
Road to Hana Waterfalls
Waterfalls on the Hana Road are fed by the rains and moisture from Haleakala. It takes anywhere from 6 to 12 hours for the water to travel down to create these wonderful waterfalls.
Hawaiians think water is life, for it feeds their taro farms. The taro is grown hydroponically, allowing the mountain water to continue on its natural path to the Ocean. The fresh water, after nourishing the taro, enters the ocean and creates food for the fish and the coral. The minerals that have been collected on the waters’ journey to the ocean are rich and necessary for ocean life.
The beauty of the road to Hana, and it’s waterfalls, are enhanced by an elevated perspective. Our road to Hana tour vans are elevated so that you can get the very best view without having to leave the van. Guardrails are in place in most places to keep people safe. Safety is of the utmost importance on the Hana highway. The problem for most tourists driving themselves is that these guardrails are just high enough to block your view of the waterfall if they’re sitting in a common rental car, or even a jeep. Enjoy the scenery of the Hana road and take your pictures through the huge windows of our tour vans while keeping yourself and your camera dry. Everyone else on the road needs to stop, attempt to find a place to park (not always an easy task), and hike back to the bridge. In some cases, it’s almost impossible, because of the limited space on the sides of the highway and the overwhelming number of tourists. The special design of our tour van allows our Hana tour guides to show you more of the island’s waterfalls and other amazing sites than you would safely be able to see on your own.
Maui Waterfalls Are Stunning
The waterfalls are mainly found on the north and northeast slopes of the mountains that make up Maui. Hana is situated on the northeast corner of Maui, just below Mount Haleakala. Since Haleakala is so much larger and taller than the West Maui Mountains, you’ll find most of the waterfalls in Maui are on it’s slopes. Starting in Haiku, you will see creeks flowing under the Hana highway every mile or so. Traveling up the coast towards Hana, the land becomes very steep and the road follows a rugged coastline of cliffs and gulches. These steep gulches cut into the forest all the way up Mount Haleakala and cradle streams which pour water down over hundreds of waterfalls on their way to the ocean. The road to Hana passes over many of these streams during the water’s journey to the ocean and usually as the water flows down over rock outcroppings, there are wonderful jungle settings, accentuated by picturesque waterfalls. The best waterfalls are found around Hana. The biggest waterfall that can be seen from the Hana Highway is located past Hana, just a few miles before The Pools at Oheo.
Knowing Where The Water Falls
There are hundreds of waterfalls throughout each of the 56 streams that must be crossed on the road to Hana. In many cases those without tour guides tend to stop at the first few bridges and spend a lot of time at them. Although they may be tourist magnets, they’re not the best waterfalls to be found on the road to Hana. Our tour guides know where the best ones are on the road to Hana and they want to maximize your time at those. Our Maui waterfall tour allows you to enjoy the most optimal experience of those first waterfalls that others stop and get out at, from the comfort of our tour van. There are plenty of waterfalls that the tour CDs and guidebooks mention, but only a tour guide can show you the best of the day, (which is dependent on the amount of rainfall in the previous several hours at certain altitudes), and can properly interpret what you want to see so that you do get to see it. We maximize your time on Maui.