Waterfalls of the Valley Isle

Maui Waterfalls are some of the world’s best- hands down. And because we want to help you choose which you’d like to see, we’ve compiled a list of some of most talked-about falls on The Valley Isle.

Most of the Maui falls we list here are accessible by independent travelers, assuming they are not closed or kapu (off limits). Of course, please respect any signage indicating closures or restrictions; for your safety as well as out of respect for the locals. Many visitors enjoy touring the falls on their own, while others prefer taking in the sights with an expert local guide- it’s simply a matter of personal preference.

Note that we've included the height of the falls when possible, ranked it (out of 5 stars), noted if it's a seasonal falls (dry in summer or too heavy of a flow in winter), and included any additional access information.

If you think you've located a Maui waterfall we've mistakenly left off this list, kindly contact us and we'll make sure it's added- we'd love to hear from you! Also, be sure to check out all the waterfalls in Hawaii on our Hawaii Waterfalls page.

Wailua Falls   

  • Height: Approx. 80 ft.
  • Season: Year round
  • Access: Visible from Hwy 
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Waimoku Falls   

  • Height: Approx. 400 ft.
  • Season: Year round
  • Access: Two miles along trail
  • Rating: 5 Stars

'Ohe'o Gulch Falls (7 Sacred Pools)   

  • Height: Approx. 10-30 ft. 
  • Season: Year round
  • Access: Via short trail 
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Upper Waikani (Three Bears) Falls  

  • Height: Approx. 70 ft.
  • Season: Varies
  • Access: Visible from Hwy
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Makahiku Falls   

  • Height: 180 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Half-mile along trail 
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Upper Hanawi Falls   

  • Height: Approx. 35 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Visible from Hwy
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Makamaka'ole Falls   

  • Height: 270 ft. 
  • Season: Nearly Year Round 
  • Access: 3/4-mile along trail 
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Makapipi Falls   

  • Height: 60 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Visible from Hwy
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Makapipi Falls   

  • Height: 60 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Visible from Hwy 
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Punalau Falls   

  • Height: Approx. 100 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Via Streambed
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Upper Puohokamoa Falls  

  • Clearly visible from overlook within the 'Garden of Eden' (admission required)
  • Height: Approx. 40 ft.
  • Season: Year round
  • Access: Via Overlook
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Alelele Falls   

  • Height: Approx. 245 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Via streambed
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Twin Falls

  • Height: 40 ft.
  • Season: All
  • Access: Short Hike
  • Rating: 1 Star

Pua'a Ka'a Falls

  • Height: 20 ft.
  • Season: Dec-April
  • Access: Via Short Paved Path
  • Rating: 1 Star

As we mentioned, choosing how to visit the waterfalls is up to you; however, if you are in search of a guided Maui waterfall tour we suggest a Road to Hana tour from our friends at Valley Isle Excursions. They will know which are the best Maui waterfalls based on the day of your tour. Plus, you’ll ride in luxury in their comfy custom cruisers. Easy viewing, best waterfalls, best guides, and the first Hawaii-based tour operator to complete the Hawaii Green Business Program- you’ll love them as much as we do!

Or, perhaps you’d prefer soaring high above the falls- a vantage point like no other and a breathtaking way to appreciate their beauty. If so, then a Maui helicopter tour fits the bill.

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Article Edited/Contributed by: John C. Derrick & Michele Lopez
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