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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.

Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

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

3. 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.

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: Private Luxury Half-Day Iao Valley & Upcountry Tour

7. 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

8. 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 in lower season, 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 lower-tier waterfalls 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 and fit types only, including kids.

Maui: Heavenly Hana Full-Day Excursion from Kahului

9. 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.

Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

10. Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

See the top sights on the Road to Hana with a guide on a day-long private trip. Go for a swim at the famous Wai'anapanapa Beach Park, try the local cuisine at the Nahiku Marketplace, and visit Hãna Town. Begin your tour with a comfortable hotel pick-up or at a meeting point in Kahalui. As you drive through the rolling countryside, hear stories of Maui’s bygone plantation era. Enter the dense rainforest and stop at the vibrantly colored rainbow eucalyptus. Admire the stunning plants and flowers and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife before traveling deeper into the curves of the Road to Hāna. Drive down to the Ke'anae Peninsula and see the site of a traditional Hawaiian village. Visit an original stone missionary church built in 1856, the only building to survive the devastating tsunami of 1946. Stop at a fruit stand for shaved ice and Maui’s famous banana bread. Pass by bubbling streams and roaring waterfalls. If you wish, stop and hop in for a swim before heading to Coconut Glen's. Enjoy a delightful dessert of candy and ice cream made from Maui coconuts before lunch. Stop at Wai’anapanapa Beach Park to explore a powerful blowhole, a black sand beach, and a cave that leads to the ocean. Take a dip in the water or sit for a moment to enjoy the tropical beauty of this world-famous beach park. Next, head to the Nahiku Marketplace, a mini-village of tropical delights. Enjoy local cuisine like smoked fish, coconut shrimp, or baked ‘ulu (breadfruit). Find a variety of locally made gifts, including jewelry made from rare shells, spiritual icons, woodwork, glass art, and paintings. Stop off in Hāna town, which housed the seat of power for the entire island in the 15th century. Come full circle around the whole base of the volcano and drive into the dripping forests of Kipahulu. Visit Charles Lindbergh's grave and see a 19th-century church built from limestone and coral. Take a break to enjoy a delicious cup of locally-grown coffee at the organic Laulima Farms before journeying into young lava fields for a stunning view of the southern part of the volcano. Take the high road to get a panoramic view of Maui’s coastline and outer lying islands as the sun sets before returning to your starting point.

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What people are saying about Kahului

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Our helicopter ride to the rain forest was amazing! The views were spectacular! The helicopters do very well in high winds, so if you’re worried about that, don’t be! Our pilot/guide Rick was also very awesome. He offered to take pictures for us together on our honeymoon and was very knowledgeable about the history and land.

Pasco was amazing and we learned so much history. Best activity out of the 10 days there. Jumping off a ledge into a waterfall? Won't get to do that ever again. Terrain is rough but it's worth it to push yourself a little.

Love the narration as we drove the Road to Hana! Found all the stops along the way easily…

Our guide Pasco was fantastic! So knowledgeable about the history and fauna of Hawii.

This was awesome and Dez was amazing. So knowledgeable and friendly.