Short Waterfalls Hike

Requires maneuvering uneven ground and rocky stream beds.
Pick-up from West and South Maui hotels for an optional $30 per person. Otherwise meet-up is in central Maui near the airport.
Why We Love It -  If you want to experience Maui waterfalls, but are short on time or not up for the more strenuous hikes, this is the tour for you!

If you want a short, easier hike this favorite is great for the whole family!

This is the perfect choice of adventure in a short, easy walk to two waterfalls in our gorgeous Maui rainforest valley. There's plenty of time to swim and jump from waterfall ledges into deep freshwater pools, plus learn about the island and its rainforests from our knowledgeable guides. Fun, easy, and great for families, or if you are limited on time.

Swim in pools under two waterfalls 10 and 20 feet high. Practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges. Easy one-mile hike round-trip. Great for families, young and old! In rainy seasons there are three waterfalls flowing heavily; in drier times, just two falls flow. Snacks are included.

Enjoy a peaceful trail walk to two exquisite waterfalls
  • Swim (optional) in pools under two waterfalls.
  • Jump from 10-foot rock ledges.
  • Hike one-mile round trip. Great for all ages
  • Enjoy flowing waterfalls.
  • Snacks included.

Our world-class guides are the secret ingredient for your experience; they will entertain and keep you informed throughout your tour. Each of our guides has a true passion for adventure, the island of Maui, and Hawaii's rich culture and history. From jumping off waterfalls to finding native fruits to taste, they will keep the tour comfortable, safe, and above all - fun!

Time: 3 - 4 hours
Length: 1 Mile round trip

Time 9:30 am
Duration 3 - 4 hours
Location Kahului or Hotel pick-up

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 48 hours or more prior to the date of the event, you will receive a full refund less a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 24 hours for any reason, you will receive no refund. If Hike Maui cancels (which we do for dangerous weather), you will receive a full 100% refund.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Age Minimum of 4 years.
You will be required to sign this Participation Agreement on the day of the hike.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need a bathroom? Porta potties or toilets are near most trailheads. After that, search for privacy foliage. 

Should we use our own backpacks? We prefer you use ours, then you don't accidentally walk off with our gear, and you don't get your pack dirty. 

What are these ninja water shoes? Japanese tabis (fishermen shoes). The felt sole clings to wet, mossy rocks better than any other shoe. They can be slippery in mud, however. Best to wear them in the water, not on the hike. 

Bugs love you? Got a bite? Ask your guide for AfterBite -- pharmaceutical ammonia that neutralizes the toxin. Takes away the itch. Also very good for bee, spider, scorpion, centipede and hornet stings. 

What are flash floods? Sudden, very rapid flooding in streams, due to heavy rainfall. Rare, but get out of the water if your guide blows a whistle. You need to react very quickly and head for high ground. Listen to your guide. 

Do you have medical issues? (back, knees, heart, diabetes, pregnancy) Write these down below or tell your guide. 

Is tipping the guide common? Yes, this is a service industry. If you're happy with your guide, a 10-15% tip is the best way to show appreciation. 


Review Summary
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- Oct 2014 -


The Short Waterfalls Hike my group of eight went on Thursday, September 11, with Short Waterfalls Hike, was an experience beyond compare! We were wholly immersed in Maui?s natural wonder ? inundated by unique sights and sounds. The restorative energies of the island were palpable as we found ourselves traversing the dense plant-life, heeding the hollow beckoning of the shifting bamboo stalks, and quelling the startle incited by the shrill rapture of the feathered dwellers. We eagerly thrust our thumbs into the thick, golden yellow passion fruit rind to expose the jelly enveloped seeds we lapped from the pith dish. We rummaged the ground underneath the fruit-bearing trees, collecting guava, limes, and avocados voluntarily released from the life-yielding branches. Brilliant flowers burst from their pods, divulging their matchless splendor. Every glorious aspect of the nestled utopia was explained in great specificity. Our Guide?s appreciation for the beautiful and sustaining qualities of the area were irrefutable. He (a gentleman from Northern California) took great care to ensure our education, comfort, and enthusiasm for the surroundings. Then we happened upon the waterfalls (our destination). Fed by rain water, the sizable pools cascaded over natural stone strata to form aquatic curtains sheathing cavernous recesses from the sunlit cove. Audacious vacationers scaled the rocky tiers to an unyielding platform, leaping to the rippled, reflective surface below. The more reserved, subdued Folks were content to disrupt the unrelenting fluid sheets, wading about the pools where the falls dispensed. The Short Waterfalls Hike via Short Waterfalls Hike, embodied everything I wished to experience while in Maui: the topography and plant life unique to the area, interaction with the various water sources, and the proliferating positive energies. It satisfied my every aim, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone headed to the island.

- May 2015 -

Connie J

Our walk was awesome and our guide Kate was great! The waterfalls were breathe taking and the different fruits we sampled are surprisingly good.

- Jul 2014 -

Anne Baker

My family and I did the short waterfall hike on the third day of our week long Maui trip. It was unbelievable, but the guide really makes the experience. We had Nick, who was awesome. He picked us up from our hotel in Wailea (Fairmont Kea Lani), and we had a 50 minute drive to the hiking destination. The drive was beautiful and scenic, and went by quickly because Nick was extremely knowledgable about Hawaiian culture, history and the various ecosystems on the island of Maui. The hike through the rainforest lasted about an hour, and then we went to two waterfalls. We jumped off the second one and Nick helped us every step of the way and made us feel safe while having an exciting and unforgettable experience. We would do it again in a heartbeat!!!