Manoa Falls Trail
Chad and I hiked Manoa Falls Trail this past Saturday and it was a pretty nice hike! It took us about an hour and a half in total and that’s with stopping a little bit on the way back to the car to take pictures at different spots and wandering off to some of the little side trails.
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Manoa Falls is a pretty easy hike. It is definitely suitable for children. The trail itself is pretty well kept up; it’s “paved” for the most part and had some built in stair sections during the steep parts.
It was pretty busy while we were heading towards Manoa falls; there were people in front of us, behind us and coming from the other direction. It was sort of hard to stop and take a moment to take pictures because there were people everywhere. On the way back it was way less crowded – it was a lot better then. We got there around 11:30 so I’m sure the time factored into how crowded it was.
This hike is super lush and green and has some really beautiful views! For this post I’m mainly just going to post pictures because there really isn’t too much to say about this hike; Manoa Falls is short, sweet, and to the point!
Below are pictures of Manoa Falls
Below are pictures of just some pretty/cool sights we saw on the hike:
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MANOA FALLS . . .
As you can see from the pictures, this hike is well maintained compared to other hikes on the island and has a lot of neat little spots to it! It is not a loop so once you get to the waterfall, you take the same path back as you did to get to the falls. I read online that the hike is about a mile to a mile and half so plan accordingly. When we went the path wasn’t muddy at all but of course, that all depends on the rainfall; if there has been moderate-heavy rainfall, where appropriate shoes (not flip-flops). Manoa Falls is a beautiful waterfall hike located right outside of downtown Honolulu and is perfect for all skill levels!
Honestly for Manoa Falls I really just recommend water and bug spray most importantly. Water is a must on any hike and the bug spray will definitely come in handy on this hike. I read a lot of Yelp reviewers saying to bring bug spray and unfortunately we forgot ours but I wish we hadn’t; my legs got bit up on this hike.
A bathing suit isn’t really necessary for this waterfall hike unless you’re going for a photo shoot honestly . . . There isn’t much of a swimming hole so we didn’t get in the water or anything. This is more of a waterfall you look at in my opinion. The amount of water flowing down will depend on the rain; so if it hasn’t rained in a little while, there is chance that when you visit, it will be “dry.”
There are a few parking lots before you enter the trail that is shared with the Tree Top Restaurant that’s right outside of the trail. Parking is $5 and $3 for Military – make sure you ask about the Military discount because when we visited, they didn’t ask if we were Military, the guy just said it was $5 and we had to bring up the Military discount.
- Bug spray
Well, that was our trip to Manoa Falls! I hope this helps you plan your trip to the falls!
What did you think about Manoa Falls? What other waterfall hikes have you done on the island? Have questions about the hike? Comment below or contact me on the contact page!