Hawaii April 15, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Hawaii’s Waterfalls
There is little better than watching a waterfall cascade into the pool below – except maybe wading into the water yourself. Luckily, the Hawaiian Islands are home to an abundance of incredible waterfalls – from Kauai’s Weeping Wall to Maui’s Road to Hana, and everywhere in between. And among the intense lava landscapes of Hawaii Island, you will find some of the most accessible waterfalls in the state, many of which are easily visited in a single weekend.
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this epic 2-day itinerary, that will lead you to seven of the island’s most epic waterfalls.
Your journey begins with a horseback riding tour to the floor of Waipio Valley to bask in the splendor of Hi’ilawe Falls.
While this impressive 1,400-foot waterfall can only be seen from within the Waipio Valley, and isn’t even guaranteed to be flowing, it is still quite impressive if you’re able to make the trek via hike or horseback ride. Hi’ilawe Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii.
Next up is a visit to the multi-tiered Umauma Falls.
This multi-tiered waterfall is located on private land owned by the Umauma Experience Company, so you will unfortunately be required to either book a ziplining or kayak adventure with the company – or simply pay the $10 admission fee to take a self-guided walk of the gardens.
Take a casual 0.4-mile stroll in Akaka Falls State Park.
Cascading 442 feet into a lush, tropical jungle is perhaps Hawaii’s greatest waterfall. Located on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast is Akaka Falls, a place of pure paradise flowing from the Kolekole Stream. To view the falls, visitors take a short stroll leading through a jungle of banana plants, towering bamboo groves and lush orchids. Entry to the state park will cost $5 per car, or $1 per pedestrian.
Last up on day one is to visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden to check out the small, but lovely, Onomea Falls.
This tiered waterfall is a mere 20 to 30 feet in comparison to some of the larger waterfalls, though it is quite breathtaking all the same. The falls are nestled within the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden off the four-mile scenic drive through Onomea Bay.
Spend the night at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls.
Enjoy a leisurely morning spent sipping your coffee while listening to the sounds of the waterfall that's basically located in this inn's backyard. Day two will be much less stressful, with only two casual stops along the nearby Wailua River.
First up on day two is a stop at the famous Rainbow Falls.
A short trail from the parking lot offers views from the waterfall’s summit, and if you visit on a sunny morning, you might experience how the falls got its name – waianuenue means rainbow in Hawaiian. From the lookout area, you can also take a series of slipper steps to view the waterfall from above.
Head a mile upstream to check out Pe’epe’e Falls, also known as the Boiling Pots.
Located just past the famous Rainbow Falls on Wailuku River is Pe’epe’e Falls. Connected by a series of cascading waterfalls along columns that were formed from the slow cooling of basalt lava, these pools appear to be bubbling – almost as if they were boiling.
We think you’ll love learning more about Hawaii Island’s Akaka Falls, and you can easily spend all day dreaming about this enchanting Oahu waterfalls road trip.