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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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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The views here are amazing. It feels like you are in a different world. It definitely has a Jurassic Park vibe going for it. Bring some rain panchos and water proofing for things like cameras and cell phones because the rain can get intense at times. The hike itself is not too difficult but the humidity and the occasional rain can definitely ratchet up the difficulty for some people. The rocky parts of the hike can get quite slippery. There are some narrow parts of the climb leading to the falls that can get a bit congested with traffic going in both directions and with the rain coming down makes this the most difficult part of the hike. My younger kids did not have too much difficulty given the conditions mentioned above but I certainly had to supervise and provide the occasional helping hand more often. The views are worth it and would do this hike again. There were people on this hike with flip flops (definitely ill advised) and swim suits who were jumping and swimming into the waters around the waterfall. The signs there warned against this due to leptospirosis. Not worth risking in my opinion.
  • Really simple hike to the falls. Parking is $5 so I recommend walking from the residential area as it’s not too much further away. It rains every morning so be prepared with a raincoat!
  • Beautiful easy hike. Rocks are a little slippery and muddy so wear proper shoes! For younger couple can probably complete the hike up and down in about an hour! Definitely worth the hike!

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