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There’s no better way to experience a vacation in Hawaii than by taking a sight-seeing excursion at the best Hawaii waterfalls. Whether you’re heading to the Big Island, Maui, or Oahu, make sure to take a hike or tour to visit Hawaiis most gorgeous natural waterfalls.

Hawaii Waterfalls on the Big Island

Spending your Hawaii vacation on the Big Island? With white, black, and even green sand beaches, the Big Island offers thrilling adventures in the great outdoors. Thanks to the humidity and rain, waterfalls on the Big Island are some of the most popular spectacles to visit.

Akaka Falls

‘Akaka Falls‘Akaka Falls is a favorite among tourists because of the low-risk trek and high-reward beauty. To get to the 422-foot-tall waterfall, you’ll take a pleasant 0.4-mile hike through a lush rainforest full of wild orchids and bamboo groves. Take the ‘Akaka Falls Loop Trail directly from the parking lot to get a glimpse of the gorge from multiple viewpoints.

If you decide to travel to ‘Akaka Falls, admission is $5 to park. Pedestrians only pay $1 per person for admission.

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls

Located off the Umauma River, the Umauma Falls are three waterfalls within close proximity to each other and lies on private land, managed by the Umauma Experience. Access to the falls costs $12 per person, but visitors also get access to the Umauma Falls gardens. What’s more, guests can drive-up for easy viewing or enjoy ziplining, river swimming, or stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Upper Waikani Falls

Upper Waikani FallsAlso known as the Three Bears, the Upper Waikani Falls is a trio of side-by-side waterfalls that are easily accessible. Right off the Hana Highway, visitors can take a short hike to reach to reach them. Locals advise you bring your swimming gear for a splash in the natural pool at the bottom of the plummets.

Makapipi Falls

Have a two-in-one tour of Hawaii’s waterfalls on Maui when you visit the Makapipi Falls, also located along the Hana Highway. The vantage point of Makapipi Falls is from above, where you’ll get a birds-eye view of the falls and pool below. Get a good glimpse from the bridge that goes over the Makapipi stream.

Lower Puohokamoa Falls

The Lower Puohokamoa Falls are a hidden gem that’s easy to miss but not easy to forget! This 200-foot waterfall has a narrow and slippery trail, so it might not be best to bring the littles ones for this excursion. However, previous on-lookers say it is worth the trek for the incredible view.

Hawaii Waterfalls in Oahu

One of the most popular Hawaiian islands to visit, Oahu has a plethora of activities for the entire family. Besides experiencing the great outdoors with Hawaii waterfalls, Oahu also offers a great nightlife scene, shopping, and golfing.

Waimea Falls

Take a trip out to the Waimea Valley to see the 45-foot Waimea Falls. Located in a botanical park, you’ll find attractions for all visitors as well as cultural activities. What’s more, the trail to Waimea Falls is paved, so families with little ones don’t need to stress about slippery conditions. Once you reach the falls, there’s a changing room, free life vests, and lifeguard on duty, making this one of the safest waterfalls to visit in Hawaii. Admission is not free, but is well worth it for a safe and fun experience!

Manoa Falls

Within close proximity to Waikiki, Manoa Falls is known for being one of the most popular sights in Oahu. A well-maintained path takes visitors 1.6 miles to see the 150-foot waterfall, so it’s very beginner-friendly and convenient. Be prepared for lots of crowds and foot-traffic, as this is truly a sight that should not be missed.