Manoa Falls
Manoa Falls
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This scenic 150-foot-tall falls is only accessible via a hike through the rainforest. It's a 1.5-mile round trip, which takes about an hour or two from the trailhead. Wear good shoes as the path can get muddy and slippery, and bring bug repellent and plenty of water. Manoa Falls is a great photography spot, and the location has featured in movies and television shows like Jurassic Park and Lost. Cool off in the pool at the base of the falls and grab a snack and a refreshing pineapple smoothie for your walk back to civilization. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Ardrey L
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see
    The hike will get your shoes muddy. But it was worth seeing the waterfall. My first time seeing a waterfall and it was really cool to see. Walking through the forest felt like being in the movie Journey 2. It was really fun, but make sure you bring water.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Alicia B
    Omaha, Nebraska51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfall at the top of a muddy hike
    We loved this shaded hike up to the beautiful waterfall. The hike is dirt/mud/rocks so wear sneakers or secure sandals. There is a place to wash off your shoes after the hike, and I recommend bringing a change of shoes. The hike can be steep at times and you will walk up and back down the same trail. The trees are so lush, and there are plenty of places to stop along the way and take pictures of the rain forest. While there were signs that discouraged going into the waterfall, there were some people who ventured into the falls anyways. FYI - you won’t be able to take a stroller on this hike. Enjoy!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Karen H
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waterfall Hike
    The hike to the falls took about 30 minutes and was very muddy. The views are spectacular and the falls are stunning. They warn you not to swim but we saw people swimming. The water was very cold. We went on a Saturday morning and it was very crowded. Would definitely go again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • TheeJAS
    Hamilton Parish, Bermuda50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike, close to Honolulu
    Very nice rain forest hike close to Honolulu. We're hiking shoes or good sneakers with a tread. Lots of rocks and moisture on the trail. A hiking pole would not be out of place. The falls were more of a slow stream in Sept but you could still see the beauty of them and the surrounding area even though they weren't flowing heavily. Beautiful views along the way too. Mostly an ascent on the way out and decent on the way back.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Annalies H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice hike even in dry season (october)
    Easy-moderate hike, i would recommend wearing shoes not sandals, and prepare to get muddy. Beautiful rain forest, takes about 35 min there and back if you're walking swiftly. The fall was beautiful for its size alone (100 ft), but apparently we went during the dry season (though we still needed ponchos), and the fall was more like a light trickle. Still a nice outdoor activity. Prepare for traffic jam and parking issues if you don't arrive first thing in the morning; we ubered for about $20 from waikiki with no issue.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Andy S
    45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mango Falls Climb
    Active climb but no water fall at the top of a steep climb. Maybe in the rain season. Very lush but disappointed there was no water. We went Oct 22nd. So plan accordingly and check reviews before going.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Yeraldin S
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and moderately easy
    It was a very beautiful park to go to. So green, with lots of different vegetation. The hike was long bad. My five year old was running back and forth and my parents both with bad knees did it. Make sure to not take flips flops or sandals. The best hiking shoes aren’t required but at least sneakers are because some parts were muddy and others the rocks were slippery. Bathrooms are only at the park entrance. We went mid November and the waterfall was barely a trickle. It’s posted that you can’t go into the bottom of the waterfall but there’s a path to get into it and a couple of people were in it. At the time it was only knee deep. Worth it to go. I think it took us about half the day but we took our time with the kids and parents, pictures, and lunch. For us it took about 1 hour 20 minutes one way. Worth it and a hike that pretty much everyone can do. Just take you’re time and wear good shoes.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Sightseer779040
    485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jungle-y hike with less crowds, falls are tall but not super flow-y
    I found this hike online while searching for relatively short hikes that are not too tough and have good views. We arrived around 7am and there was someone manning the parking lot. It is $7 to park. There were not many people there when we arrived and therefore the trail was empty which was nice compared to something like diamond head in which there was a lot of other people. This hike is very “jungle-y”. Therefore there is no need to do this as a sunrise hike because you cannot see much except for thick jungle. There are some really cool scenic moments as you hike up. As others mentioned in previous reviews it is rocky and muddy so be prepared to have your shoes a little muddy. Also there are certain points in the trail where you notice the bugs. I was smart and did my research to bring bug spray with me but I was not smart and forgot to put it on! Please remember to put on your bug spray before leaving your car or put it in your bag because I came away with a few bug bites. It took about 35 minutes to get to the end where the falls are. The falls are more grandeur in the fact that it is a tall and high waterfall as opposed to the flow, because as others have mentioned the flow is a trickle. However we still found the hike worth it for the scenery on the way up and the height of the waterfall. It also took us about 35 minutes on the way down and we took our time but we did not take breaks. There was only one steep section and the rest was doable. It had clearly rained the night before and it was extremely windy in the days that we were there so we noticed that there were some fallen trees blocking the path so I hope that was recent and not left for a while considering the $7 charge to park. Bring your water bottle with you as well as it is humid. Overall this hike is very easy to get to from Waikiki (it is only about a 20 minute drive) so it is a nice way to experience some more scenery with less crowds.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Tony B
    Phoenix, Arizona58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Once again I used TA to plan an E-bike ride and hike to Manoa falls. Found a great place for bike rentals ( see review) and they helped us map our way to avoid the worst of the traffic ( tip: wear your helmet, no earbuds, obey traffic signs, stay off sidewalks!!) We arrived after a leisurely ride checking out the awesome architecture of the houses on the route. We hit the main entry where they charge cars to park but….Not Bikes!! The trailhead is easy to spot and it wasn’t crowded. Full disclosure: It’s humid and can get hot in the sunny spots, it’s straight up (for me lol), it is rocky and slippery in spots ( wear good hiking shoes: no flips, crocs etc.) Hints: Take time to enjoy the incredible plant life- massive trees, deep bush and the creek sounds below. Don’t just mob to the falls. Take plenty of water (liter per person) I forgot my cooling towel and really missed it !! If you have older knees wear your patellar brace and use a hiking stick- people often leave homemade ones at the sign Don’t swim in the pool!!! Bacteria is drained there from above w/ the constant rain. Had to tell a couple of foreigners there as I had read about it in TA Go slow on the way down especially if it has rained Otherwise enjoy this natural beauty Aloha
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • kevan j
    Norman, Oklahoma1,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short and steep (sweet)...
    We hiked this trail on a whim and found it to be very nice indeed! It's a short drive from downtown Honolulu up into the mountains. It costs $7 to park but well worth it. Check out all the wild chickens and the magnificent banyan trees at the parking lot. The hike is a little less than 2 miles total and ends at a very beautiful waterfall. The trail itself is very nice. It is a bit rocky, and it is a bit steep most of the way, but the surrounding flora are spectacular. All sorts of rain-forest type trees and plants, lots of bamboo plants, lots of palms and banyan trees. I really enjoyed this hike! Definitely recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 29, 2023
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dregehr
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I will begin with a tip: the trails are not for very small children nor strollers or if you have trouble with any type of stairs. The trail was very muddy on the day we arrived which is very normal for the area, bring bug spray, there are lots of roots / stairs / areas where there is only room for one person to walk but for us this was wonderful! we loved all the flora, trees and the quietness of the trip to the falls it was very exciting to hear the falls before we even saw it. We went early at 8 am to avoid the crowds, the park provides a hose to wash off the mud from your shoes, etc. be sure to pay for parking either inside the restaurant if the parking attendent is not around or at the parking lot "Cash Only". It took us about 3 hours to walk both ways but we took lots of breaks for photos and to enjoy the beauty around us.
Written January 5, 2020
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ronniea525
Benicia, CA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was in December when we first hiked this trail. In this review, I would like to offer the readers some constructive advice and provide some insight before hiking up to Manoa Falls. I would not recommend this hike to anyone who is frail or have difficulty navigating through rocky terrain.

First, make sure the trail is open and not closed due to flash floods. You will pay $5 for parking and 2 lots are available. Rainbow's End Snack Shop is conveniently located next to the parking lots where there is also a bathroom. Do use the bathroom before the hike since there are no bathrooms along the trail to Manoa Falls. Bring some water with you since there are no water fountains on the trail.

Don't expect the trail to be dry! The trail could be extremely muddy. I wore my WHITE running shoes; big mistake! Best to wear beach shoes or sandals that strap onto your feet. Use old shoes if you can. There is a small area to wash your muddy shoes after the hike at the 1st parking lot but one might find a long line since there is only one hose for everyone to use.

Don't be in a hurry. I've seen people slip along the way. The terrain is also sometimes rocky and narrow so be very careful. I recommend a walking stick if you have one. Expect your hike to take at least an hour. This includes taking pictures and not rushing it. Lastly, have fun! It's truly a great experience being one with nature and you won't be disappointed. It's truly worth the hike and you will be amazed.
Written January 5, 2020
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Rik T
Fredericton, Canada1,398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
The falls were certainly worth the hike. It's only a 1.6 mile hike to the falls, but if you're carrying a small child, walking a dog, or if you don't like a bit of a climb on a rocky and muddy trail, it might be too much. I did see older people and people carrying infants doing it so just judge for yourself by looking at photos of the trail. The trail varies quite a lot as to what kind of terrain you're walking on.

Along the trail you'll see some pretty crazy trees, streams, a lush tropical forest, and probably a rain shower. The falls are quite nice and the viewing area is pretty close to the falls. There were signs warning to not go right down into the water at the base of the falls but many were doing it anyway.

You can take the number 5 bus to the falls (about 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu) and walk up the trail for free. Parking a car costs less than $10.

There is a building at the base of the trail with washrooms and a place where you can get some food and snacks and drinks. I highly recommend the pineapple whip inside a hollowed out pineapple. It's kinda like sorbet. There's also a snack truck just a tiny bit further up the hill.
Written December 26, 2021
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J H
Calgary, Canada415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very muddy. They are working on it so make sure to check the open schedule. We went on a Friday, got there around 8am. Glad we started then as it was pretty busy when we were coming back down. There are some beautiful views around along the hike. Honestly I don't think it matters what shoes you wear, they will be so caked in mud that you'll have no grips anyways. I would actually not recommend heavy hiking boots as you'll likely lose them in the mud. There is a steep section that is tough with wet muddy conditioned. We didn't have a stick when walking up but were sure glad to have one for the way down. It's a small area near the falls but it's pretty. It is a very busy hike though, if you're looking for a quiet hike this is not it. But it was quick. Luckily the bugs weren't too bad when we went but I can imagine they can get terrible. Took us about an hour with the muddy conditions. In dry conditions this would be an easy peasy walk.
Written February 24, 2020
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S.A.
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Manoa Falls, Kolowalu, and Pua Pua trails --- all in Manoa, on Oahu are CLOSED!!. You will will be given a huge monetary fine for entering. Also, if you need to be rescued the City & County of Honolulu will send you the bill for the rescue. In Fall & Winter months Manoa has a lot of rain so these trails are extremely dangerous to hike because they are muddy & full of mosquitoes. BEWARE: there are homeless people living along the trails. Posted: January 21, 2021
Written January 21, 2021
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John R
Carlsbad, CA744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were told that this was an easy walk. Unfortunately it was extremely muddy, slippery and a hard climb. Here are some good pieces of advice. Get there before 8 am because the crowds are really heavy. Wear good hiking boots, clothes that can get muddy and lather up with a really good mosquito repellent with "Deet". Even so they bit me right thru my heavy socks so cover everything with repellent. Carry lots of water and a snack. This is only less than 2 miles round trip but once you get to the top it's nice to just sit and watch the falls. Some people went in swimming. The restaurant "Tree Top" at the Trail Head was closed when we were there so call in advance to insure they are open including the Trail. They are working on the trail so until further notice the trail is only open Friday, Sat. & Sunday. Go when you know there has been no rain for at least a week, if that is ever possible, or go fully prepared to be in a real slippery muddy mess when you are done. Worth the trip though.
Written January 5, 2020
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Steve W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Manoa Falls trail is about 8.5 miles from Waikiki and if you take Uber it would cost around $30 one way. A very nice hike with only about an 800' gain in elevation when going to the falls. For those that say the hike does not offer much to see along the way I disagree. There are scenic areas with trees hundreds of feet high in vast open areas. It looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park. We hiked this yesterday (27 Sept '21) and it was great. They have parking which is $7 regular, $5 for military. But you can park below and walk to the falls without having to pay a fee (its free).

Very nice scenery, great pictures and videos can be had on this hike. A couple of areas along the way were areas where people could rest. The path had rocks but wife thought they should have been smaller in size to make it easier to walk and I agree. I would suggest tennis or better hiking shoes. Saw a number of people with slippers/flip flops that almost fell because of some muddy spots and a couple that twisted their ankles because of the rocks . Most of the trail had shade from the trees, bamboo, etc. but I would recommend putting on sunscreen because the UV in Hawaii can be extreme. Also suggest talking water or an electrolyte drink along the way. The humidity is high, 60-80% depending on the time of year, and some people were sweating excessively so its a good idea to hydrate before, during and after the hike.

At the top are the falls, 150' high and it was pretty cool. Got some great pics. Some people went into the pool at the base but that is not recommended. We hung out for about 40 minutes enjoying the cool mist, took some more pics and headed back down. Took more pics and videos on the way down and took our time. We went on a Monday at 11:30 - there were a bunch of people but not too crowded. I would rate the hike as easy to novice and is worth the trip if you have time.
Written September 28, 2021
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Dave S
Omaha, NE200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Absolutely worth seeing. The only fee was $7 to park. The parking lot is small so be prepared to wait for a space. The scenery is amazing. The trail can be treacherous because it is rocks all the way up. Because you are in a rainforest, it is muddy and very humid. You will definitely sweat but the views are worth it. We made it to the falls and it was flowing pretty good. Even if the falls are not flowing, the other scenery is worth the $7. Beware that there are very limited services. There are restrooms in a very dilapidated building and limited drink options at a pineapple stand near the entrance. All in all, this is probably the least expensive thing you will do in Hawaii.
Written July 18, 2021
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Sightseer779040
485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I found this hike online while searching for relatively short hikes that are not too tough and have good views. We arrived around 7am and there was someone manning the parking lot. It is $7 to park. There were not many people there when we arrived and therefore the trail was empty which was nice compared to something like diamond head in which there was a lot of other people. This hike is very “jungle-y”. Therefore there is no need to do this as a sunrise hike because you cannot see much except for thick jungle. There are some really cool scenic moments as you hike up. As others mentioned in previous reviews it is rocky and muddy so be prepared to have your shoes a little muddy. Also there are certain points in the trail where you notice the bugs. I was smart and did my research to bring bug spray with me but I was not smart and forgot to put it on! Please remember to put on your bug spray before leaving your car or put it in your bag because I came away with a few bug bites. It took about 35 minutes to get to the end where the falls are. The falls are more grandeur in the fact that it is a tall and high waterfall as opposed to the flow, because as others have mentioned the flow is a trickle. However we still found the hike worth it for the scenery on the way up and the height of the waterfall. It also took us about 35 minutes on the way down and we took our time but we did not take breaks. There was only one steep section and the rest was doable. It had clearly rained the night before and it was extremely windy in the days that we were there so we noticed that there were some fallen trees blocking the path so I hope that was recent and not left for a while considering the $7 charge to park. Bring your water bottle with you as well as it is humid. Overall this hike is very easy to get to from Waikiki (it is only about a 20 minute drive) so it is a nice way to experience some more scenery with less crowds.
Written November 27, 2023
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S.G.
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Manoa Falls, Kolowalu, and Pu'u Pia are not worth hiking. Better to hike other trails on Oahu. These trails have boulders, rocks falling & mudslides. Full of centipedes & mosquitoes. If you need to be rescued the City & County of Honolulu will give you the bill for the rescue! BEWARE: there are homeless people living along the trails who leave excretement & trash. The areas have many rental units and a high rate of burglaries. Vehicles are often broken into. Today's date: Oct. 25, 2021
Written October 25, 2021
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