Top Five Waterfalls On Oahu

 

Rainy days in Hawaii Nei, though they be but scarce, sprout beautiful rainbows and revive the island’s waterfalls. The next time it rains and pours, take a trip off-road into the rainforest terrain for adventure to these top five waterfalls.

WAIMEA FALLS

Located at the end of a paved trail, Waimea Falls is a 45-ft waterfall and 100% worth the park admission fee. With a changing room, life vests available, and a life guard on duty, you can feel free to bring the keiki for a refreshing dip in the freshwater pools.

JACKASS GINGER POOLS

The 1-mile loop off Nu’uanu’s Judd trail brings you to several 10-ft falls that cascade into a beautiful freshwater pool. With a rope swing already on site it’s perfect for a day full of relaxation and fun.

MAUNAWILI FALLS

A relatively easy hike along Maunawili stream through coffee, kukui nut, and monkey pod trees bring you to a deep swimming pool with various height boulders ranging from 10-ft to 60-ft to jump from. Partially paved, the hike offers exceptional views of the picturesque landscape.

MANOA FALLS

Nestled in the mountainside close to Waikiki, the popular landmark is a 1.6-mile hike on a very well taken care path. The 150-ft falls are truly a sight to behold, complemented by the scenery. The only con to these falls is the crowd. You will have to use some creative angles to keep your Instagram posts “stranger-free”.

LAIE FALLS

For those with ample time on their hands, head to the north shore and take a 7-mile hike through bamboo, guava, and pine to a quiet 15-ft waterfall pouring into a serene pool. Though this hike is long and requires a permit, it is well worth it and not crowded.

Hawaii is home to endless amounts of adventure and fun for the whole family. Rainy days and waterfalls are just two of the many gifts that the islands keep on giving. Book a snorkeling lesson, Segway tour, surfboard rental, bike session, or even a Lunar Legends Lagoon Tour right here on the website! You name it, we’ve got it. Here at North Shore Explorers we are firm believers in letting Hawaii happen.

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Take A Hike

The North Shore of O’ahu is home to over 90 scenic hiking trails that run the spectrum from quick and easy to long and arduous. No matter the time, place or weather, there are certain items essential for any hike. All the items listed below can easily fit in a light back pack.

-Good shoes. You’ll want comfortable, closed toe, tight fitting shoes with a decent grip (soles are in good condition). Depending on the hike and your experience, you may want anything from tennis shoes to waterproof hiking boots. Good shoes will help reduce risks of falling and toe-related injuries.

-Water bottle. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – humans need water to survive. Heat stroke and exhaustion are almost directly related to lack of water. The last thing you want to do on the side of a mountain is pass out. When dehydrated, the best-case scenario is dizziness, worst case scenario is death. We cannot stress this enough.

-Sunscreen and insect repellant. The two most annoying things in the world might just be sunburns and mosquito bites. Hawai’i is home to lots of sun and loads of bugs, keep your skin protected.

-Travel size first aid kit/whistle/light. Better safe than sorry. We hope you don’t need any of these things while on a hike in Hawai’i, but all are very inexpensive and easy to fit in a back pack.

 -Snacks. You can bring as little or as much as you want, but I think we can all agree that it’s hard to enjoy a scenic vista when your stomach is growling. Energy bars also offer an extra boost for the hike back. 

-Camera. Though this is not an essential item, Hawai’i’s hikes offer views you will always want to remember.

We feel so grateful to call this island home and are always looking for ways to inspire a spirit of adventure and exploration in the hearts of those who come to visit.  We welcome you to visit us on the North Shore of Oahu and see how we can enhance your adventure in paradise! We look forward to exploring with you!

Aloha,

The North Shore Explorers Ohana