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Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls

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545 Reviews
Free admission
Manoa Falls, Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96822

The Basics

The 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) round-trip Manoa Falls trail is well marked, and while visitors some go at it alone, a number of tour operators offer guided hikes. Parts of the path are paved or lined with gravel, but because of the heavy foot traffic and rainy weather, the trail can be very wet and muddy. As a result the relatively easy hike can be slippery; the last few minutes before the falls are the most challenging. The pool at the bottom of the falls is no longer open for swimming due to falling rocks.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Ebike and hike at Manoa Falls is a must-see!
Reece_A, Sep 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Ryan and Aya were superb tour guides. Ryan led from the front and Aya made sure my son and I stayed together. It was my first time on an eBike. I totally trusted Ryan guiding us through Manoa. Hiking Manoa Falls was my favorite part of the tour. The air was so fresh under the trees! What a great experience!!! Both Ryan and Aya are very professional and are passionate about their services.
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Great trail and views!
Christopher_P, Sep 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
My gf and I enjoyed our first hiking trip in Hawaii! Along the way we met a really great couple who made the day even better!
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Uncle Shamus is the Best
Jaden_N, Aug 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
We had the absolute best time with “Uncle Shamus!” Not only was he lively and engaging the entire hike, he also taught us so much about the land and history of Hawaiian culture. The scenery was beautiful and we very much enjoyed the company! The lunch spot and beach chosen were also perfect. Highly recommend this tour!
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Fantastic ride & hike! Great experience!
Jeremy_B, Aug 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Sight seeing was great. Seeing more of the town outside of Waikiki beach was also great. The guides were very informative on the historical nature of the area during the ride & hike, and the overall experience was amazing!
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Amazing, once in a lifetime experience!
George_S, Aug 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
Absolutely stunning hike! We did Manoa and took our 5 year old and it was challenging but easy enough for a family to compete together. Seamus was an amazing wealth of knowledge and was gracious and helpful!! The best! I've been all around the world and the Kailua beach was the best beach I've ever seen. Just like a postcard! Stunning beautiful, family friendly, and we saw 6 sea turtles. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone, especially families with small children!
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great time and experience
Gabriella_B, Aug 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
Seamus was an incredible tour guide, he picked us up from our hotel right on time. We drove to the hiking spot- it was a beautiful and adventurous trail. Seamus knows literally everything and was very kind and energetic. He even provided us some A1 beach chairs. 10/10 recommend this tour.
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Awesome day!
William_D, Aug 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
Great experience for the whole family! Well worth the money and convenience! Natalie was great tour guide!
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Fantastic way to see Manoa Falls - Awesome Experience
Fam_Patel, Aug 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
We were super excited, as we'd never ridden an eBike so don't let that stop you. Booking the tour was straightforward and Ryan contacted us shortly after to make sure that my wife, who is 5'1 would be comfortable riding the eBike. The tour office is perfectly located; on arrival we were introduced to the eBikes - safety first - and then rode the bikes around the block in convey with Ryan at the front and Aya at the back. Once we're comfortable, off we went and peddling was optional. Ryan and Aya were great guides and we'd regularly stop, chat and they'd snap some awesome pictures of the family. Riding from the beach through Manoa up to the entrance of the falls was so much fun, open-air, cool breeze and the throttle on the bike made riding up the hills so easy. We're well looked after at Manoa Falls and provided ice cold water. It is the tour guides that make the experience; Ryan and Aya were friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and an all-round great couple. We highly recommend this experience.
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Amazing day!
Jackie_TA, Jul 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
What an amazing day! Shamus was extremely informative and made sure we had the best day! The hike was wonderful and the waterfall was breathtaking.
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Definitely worth it
Sara_C, Jul 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
Katie was the best guide. She bonded with our 14 year old teenagers. The hike to the waterfall was beautiful and she loaned us her deck chairs for our stop at spectacular lanikai beach. All in all this trip was the highlight of our vacation to Hawaii.
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Teenager/Family Fun
The_Brown_family, Aug 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
The full bike tour was fun and educational. Ryan guided us(family of 4)on a bike tour that was easy to follow. The company is equipped with the latest assistance E-bikes (Lectric). These bikes can be use with or without peddle assist. The tour stars off with instructing you with the basics of how the bike works (very easy). Once you're out of the city, which takes about ten minutes. You end up on winding back roads up the mountain. At that point you have about a 20-25 minute hike to a water fall. They will guided you at your pace up to the fall and back down. Once back at the bikes. He gave us a choice of how we wanted to ride back (a scenic route or strait back). We chose the scenic. With a nice lunch break and good conversation of the husband and wife team tour guides. The half a day bike ride tour was fun, educational, and relaxing. Weather it's just you solo or a large family, it's definite a thing you need to do when coming to Honolulu. Can't wait to come back and rent the new pocket electric bikes. Those little commuter (e-bikes) look fun.
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Beautiful falls
JessicaRiesgo, Jun 2021
Lalumha falls or Manoa falls hike & Kailua / Lanikai beach day
Seamus was great! Made our experience memorable. He was very knowledgeable. Guided us through the hike. Offered to take us pics. Took us to a spot for lunch, which was amazing!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan on getting dirty, and wear sturdy walking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

  • Bring insect repellent, as mosquitos are out in full force on the trail.

  • There is a small snack shop near the trail entrance.

  • The force of the waterfall depends on rainfall; expect less water in summer months.

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How to Get There

Manoa Falls is located at the end of Manoa Valley, northeast of downtown Honolulu. If driving from Waikiki, take the H1 toward the airport, exit at Punahou Road, and continue on to Manoa Road. There is paid parking near the entrance to the hike.

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When to Get There

The Manoa Falls trail is open year-round. Oahu has a mild, tropical climate, with hotter days in summer and a rainy season typically from November to March. On rainy days the waterfall is at its most impressive and the trail is less crowded—yet also very muddy.

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Tropical Vegetation

Manoa Falls is full of colorful, tropical plants, and a naturalist guide or book can help you identify what you see along the way. Parts of the trail are lined with guava, eucalyptus, and banyan trees as well asawapuhi, or bitter ginger flowers. It is common to spot tropical birds and insects as well.

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