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Manoa Falls, Honolulu

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Falling more than 46 m (150 ft), Manoa Falls sparkles against a sheer rock face. Take a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) hike through tall trees with twisted trunks and thick greenery to reach the falls. The pathway is often slippery, so wear shoes with a good grip. Then be prepared to take these shoes off to wade in the shallow pool at the base of the waterfall. Our Honolulu trip planning site makes visiting Manoa Falls and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Seriously Skip It - if you are only going for the falls. It’s $16/person to see a muddy pond with small waterfall. Water looks dirty and swimming is allowed...but no way was I going in! Hike is easy, ...  more »
  • Nice waterfall to visit for an hour. The walk up to it is not very heavy and you can pretty quickly. There wasn't that much water when I was there but that's a bit depending on the season.
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  • The falls are beautiful, but the hike up can have some slippery moments. This is a rain forest so the path is wet and muddy. Do not wear you brand new shoes because they will end up muddy. The bamboo ...  more »
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  • Probably one of the high-lights of my last trip to Oahu. Parking was $5 and there was a short wait to get a spot. Hike starts off pretty easy-looking but quickly escalates into a muddy mess if it has rained recently. If the people coming down from the hike are muddy, you can expect the same for yourself. Save yourself some cleaning by not wearing new white shoes on this one. The trail is quite breathtaking and it feels like you're in a deep deep jungle with an assortment of vegetation you don't normally see. The waterfall itself is nice as well, but roped off for safety. However, this doesn't seem to stop anyone from taking the risk of climbing on the slippery rocks or diving into the shallow pool underneath the falls. Enjoy this one!
  • Skip It - if you are only going for the falls. It’s $16/person to see a muddy pond with small waterfall. Water looks dirty and swimming is allowed...but no way was I going in! Hike is easy, but unless you intend to enjoy the park’s entire premise, which includes “side tracks” to see more plants, etc., there’s nothing special about this place.
  • A nice morning hike!! Loved the tropical trail and beautiful falls!! Was one of the highlights of our trip!! So glad we did this.
  • This hike is a very short and easy one. Even though it's a tourist hot spot you can find yourself being alone on the trail. There are also many off shots of the trail where you can be alone with nature if you desire. The falls itself isn't very large but the entire hike makes it worth while. Definitely a beautiful jungle hike!
  • A nice easy hike in the rainforest. Many famous scenes from Jurassic Park, Lost ND Avatar were inspired by scenes from this forest. Appropriate hiking shoes are a must for this hike. The trail can be slippery and quite uneven in some parts. There are bathrooms and a snack shop at the trail head, and a parking lot charging $5 a car. Avoid this hike if it has rained recently as the trail will be very slippery.
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