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Maui: Waterfall & Rainforest Hiking Tour with Picnic Lunch

1. Maui: Waterfall & Rainforest Hiking Tour with Picnic Lunch

Experience a hiking adventure through the Hawaiian rainforest and explore Maui’s waterfalls. Thrill the adventurer in you — jump into pools from rock ledges and learn about the region from your naturalist guide. Meet your guide outside of Kahului, or select the option including transportation to benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. Then head to the trailhead to begin your hiking adventure. Follow 2 streams through the lush rainforest of East Maui, passing 3 to 5 waterfalls. The falls range from 3 to 12 meters high, and you can even jump from rock ledges into some of the pools. Refresh yourself with a dip in the cool waters, and enjoy a picnic lunch beside the majestic falls. Bottled water and snacks are included, as well as lunch.  As you continue on, admire local flora and fauna as you learn about the cultural significance of plants such as the ti leaf, bamboo, taro plant, and others from your experienced guide. Finish your activity back at your original starting point after an adventurous and unforgettable hiking experience.

Maui: 75-Minute Hana Rainforest Helicopter Tour with Landing

2. Maui: 75-Minute Hana Rainforest Helicopter Tour with Landing

Enjoy a scenic flight from Kahului over the remote landscape of Maui with this guided helicopter tour. Your experience includes a 30-minute landing to explore the rainforest on foot.  Board the helicopter at the airport in Kahului and begin your tour of Maui. Fly along the island’s north coast and admire views of cliffs, forest, and cascading waterfalls. Soar above Paia, Hookipa, and Haiku as you listen to your guide’s commentary. See aerial views of Peahi, or Jaws — a famous surfing location. Fly over the Road to Hana and the iconic Jurassic Rock, to reach the landing-place deep in the Hawaiian rainforest.  Descend to the forest floor and visit a former taro plantation in the Wailua Valley, home to lush vegetation of banana and coconut palms. Enjoy your time exploring the rainforest floor, especially as it’s an area that is not the typical beaten track for tourists. Return to the helicopter for the flight back to Kahului, where your experience ends.

Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

3. Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

Your naturalist guide will walk you through the rainforest to two dazzling waterfalls. Here, you can swim in natural pools and practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges (weather permitting). Along the way, you will learn about the island and its rainforests from your knowledgeable guides. This easy one-mile roundtrip hike is great for families, and multi-generational groups. Snacks and bottled water are included.

Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

4. Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

No matter the size of your party, you will receive a warm Hawaiian welcome to the island of Maui on arrival at Kahului Airport. Your local greeter will meet you at the baggage claim area and present you with the traditional Hawaiian lei of your choice. In addition, the greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. You can ask the greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island. An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your stay in paradise – so don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

5. Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

Experience the reverse route to Hana in style aboard a luxury SUV and get access to pristine lands in comfort. Avoid excess traffic and discover the hidden gems Maui has to offer including waterfalls and spectacular beaches. You'll have a full panoramic glass sunroof to witness the beauty and also have the availability to keep all your devices charged at any seat. Your adventure can be fully customized with additional or fewer stops along the way. After a pickup from your accommodation, stop off at Safeway in Kahului to grab snacks for the day. Drive up through the rolling hills in Kula, passing by the Maui Winery in Ulapalakua. Journey through the untouched lands of Kaupo with several photo stops along the way. See historical churches in the backside of Maui over 150 years old. Stop off at Laulima Organic Farm where they focus on sustainability and you may indulge in the exotic fruits grown right from the property. Pass by the 7 Sacred pools or The Pools at Oheo at Haleakala National Park. See the awe-inspiring Wailua Falls with the potential opportunity to swim in a 97 Foot waterfall (weather permitting). Visit Auntie Virgie's botanical flower farm and see a genuine family supporting the local community. Go to Hamoa Beach, Hana Town, and Waianapanapa State Park to experience the crisp Black Sand Beach. Stop off at Pua'a Ka'a Falls and have one last opportunity to swim for the day. See Waikani Falls, and Keanae Point, and admire rainbow eucalyptus trees flourishing in the Painted Forest. Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and witness the Hawaiian green sea turtle resting on the beach before returning to the starting point.

Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

6. Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see. Being your journey from Kahului, cruising along the Hana Highway through Paʻia and past Hoʻokipia. From there, you'll arrive at the official Mile Marker Zero location for the route, and then it's 35 miles to the town of Hana. Discover the Rainbow Eucalyptus and marvel at its multi-colored streaks on its trunks. Then, visit the Twin Falls, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, and Ching’s pond. Continue your way towards Wailua Falls and the Pipiwai Trail, with its huge bamboo forest. Finally, end the tour at the Kipahulu Visitor Center on the eastern shore of Maui.

Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

7. Maui: Road to Hana Adventure with Breakfast & Lunch

Start your journey with hotel pickup and hit the road to Hana as you head towards the Ulupalakua Ranch. Explore one of Maui’s oldest ranches with its beautiful rolling pastures and green forestry. Then, head for the scenic backside of the island around Kaupo. Enter the Kipahulu District and the edge of the rainforest. Charles Linberg’s loved the area so much that he requested to be buried here after he died. See his grave at the 19th-century Palapalahoomau Church, before witnessing the spectacular Wailua waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to Koki Beach. Relax surrounded by breathtaking white sand, and turquoise-colored water, with the rainforest stopping right at the shoreline. Walk along the edge of the bay, sit under a tree, or maybe even go for a swim. Travel to the traditional villages of Wailua and Keanae. Learn about their hunting and cooking customs, and pause for a bite to eat and drink at the famous Half Way to Hana Snack stand. Feast on fresh coconut, cold drinks, and original fresh-baked banana bread. Close by, you'll visit the Waikamoi Stream and the Hamakua Ditch. Now you'll make your final run of the Island visiting its beautiful rainforests and Hookipa Beach. The largest area of rainforest in the state of Hawaii is along the Hana Highway. Moving past Haiku, the last stop of the day will be at Hookipa Beach. Considered the windsurf capital of the world, enjoy a few minutes watching wind surfers, kite boarders, and surfers challenge the oceans waves and shoreline winds. Take pictures, swim, or enjoy the view without the large crowds because of your unique route. 

Maui: Private Luxury Half-Day Iao Valley & Upcountry Tour

8. Maui: Private Luxury Half-Day Iao Valley & Upcountry Tour

Discover the dense rainforest and rich history of the Iao Valley on a luxury private tour by SUV. Enjoy waterfalls, shopping, and the jungle flora of Maui's Northshore. This tour also includes visits to a Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your guide for the day. Get your day off to the right start with a delicious breakfast before traveling into the Iao Valley, a region rich in local lore. Admire the scenic views all around you as your guide provides more insight into the area's history. First, stop at Ho'okipa and spot the turtles who can be seen lazing on the sand. Continue with a short hike to the spectacular Twin Falls for a great photo opportunity. Head to the charming village of Makawao, known as the hub of the upcountry region. Have a quick browse through the various local craft stores for souvenirs or gifts. Finally, head to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. During the guided visit, you can pet the adorable goats and other cherished farm animals, and taste some quality cheeses. After the visit to the farm, relax on your journey back to your hotel.

Maui: Jungle and Waterfall Hiking Adventure

9. Maui: Jungle and Waterfall Hiking Adventure

Enjoy the sweet smell of yellow and white ginger flowers (seasonal), as you hike through a lush jungle in the West Maui Mountains. Part of this adventure is the road less traveled, and at times, the entire journey feels that way. You will begin with a hike through bamboo thickets to a dirt trail that weaves in and out of a rocky/boulder-filled stream. This will lead, on a trail which involves lava-rock hopping, to an upper-tier waterfall and pool which is perfect for swimming. The stream flow can be higher or lower depending on the season, with a higher amount of rainfall occurring at higher elevations. Along the way, your guide will point out old native ruins, as well as native species such as Awapuhi Ginger (seasonal), which can be used to condition your skin and hair on the spot! You will also find Banyan trees, originally from India, with aerial roots that will leave you in awe of nature. After feeling refreshed from your first swim, we'll return to the original point of entry and begin your descent to the next phase of the journey.  The 2nd phase involves hiking through giant basalt formations while descending down to a 270-foot several-tier lower waterfall to explore and swim in the freshwater pools. The first tier has a natural waterfall slide that gushes into the pool, which is great for kids. You will then hike further down the rocky stream to an incredible banyan tree with giant roots for climbing down to a larger and more secluded 2nd-tier waterfall and pool, with the option of climbing into the fall. From here, you will stand above an even larger and steep 3rd-tier waterfall which gushes toward the ocean. This is a moderately challenging hike for experienced hikers or active types, including kids.

Maui: Heavenly Hana Full-Day Excursion from Kahului

10. Maui: Heavenly Hana Full-Day Excursion from Kahului

Step aboard your air-conditioned mini coach and prepare for an action-packed sightseeing tour. Discover Hana, the jewel of the Valley Isle. Your experienced driver will take you on a 65-mile trip through a landscape of blooming rainforests, waterfalls, and dramatic coastal sights. Like most adventures, it’s more about the journey than the destination on the Road to Hana tour, so sit back and venture through the 600 curves and 59 one-lane bridges. Start with a fabulous view at Ho`okipa Lookout and then checkout the giant waves on Maui’s famous North Shore Beach. Then, fuel up for a full day of sightseeing with a breakfast bento of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and hapa rice (vegetarian option available). You will be transported to Kaumahina State Wayside Park to take in gorgeous views of the rugged coastline. Marvel at the diverse landscape, ranging from rocky black lava coast to blooming green Hawaiian taro fields seen from the Keanae Lookout. At Wai`anapanapa State Park, enjoy a picnic consisting of an artisan deli sandwich made with local ingredients, chips, and cookies (gluten-free and vegetarian option available) at this picturesque park. Here you can also see a natural stone arch, blowholes, freshwater streams, a legendary cave, sparkling pools, and a black sand beach. Hop back in the coach and drive through “Heavenly” Hana Town and learn about the rich history of this town before heading to catch a glimpse of the Waikani Falls, three towering waterfalls, right along the road. End your journey with a bit of history when you visit Charles Lindbergh’s Grave, the site of aviator, inventor, explorer, and author, who became the first person to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

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What people are saying about Kahului

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 526 reviews

This hike was very good. There were a couple challenges for me to lift myself up a rock as part of the climb. This hike is not for sedentary people. Nicole expertly guided us and kept us safe. The waterfalls are gorgeous and well worth the hike!

It was an easy to use tour. It continued to work even in areas where I lost service. I definitely enjoyed the aspect of being able to stop or pause it whenever I wanted to. Great guide!

This was incredible and I can’t wait to do it again. The pilots/guides are fun and knowledgeable, and they make sure everyone gets amazing views.

Such a fun and beautiful way to start our family vacation in Maui

Our Guide Justin was extremely knowlegable, funny and personnel