JUNGLE WATERFALLS HIKE
4-5 Hour Adventure
(Level: Moderately Strenuous w/some Technical Aspects)
Enjoy the sweet smell of yellow and white ginger flowers (seasonal) as we hike through a lush jungle in the West Maui Mountains that is easy to miss. Part of this adventure is the road less traveled, and at times, the entire journey feels that way.
Initially hike through bamboo thickets to a dirt trail that weaves in and out of a rocky/boulder stream, like switchbacks (involves lava rock hopping throughout) to an upper two tier waterfall and pool for swimming. Rappelling the waterfall is optional, but only for clients experienced in this or rock climbing, and will be assessed on a case by case basis (dependent on weather conditions and waterfall flow/this skillset is not needed to experience all other activities on hike). The stream flow can be higher or lower depending on season and amount of rainfall occurring in higher elevations. Along the way, we'll point out old native ruins, native species, such as Awapuhi ginger (seasonal) for conditioning the skin and hair right there! And Banyan trees, originally from India, with aerial roots that leave us in awe of nature. After feeling refreshed from our first swim, we'll return to the original point of entry and begin our decent to the next phase of this journey.
The 2nd phase involves hiking through giant basalt formations, while descending down to a 270 ft several tier lower waterfall to explore and swim in the freshwater pools. The first tier has a natural waterfall slide that gushes into the pool, which is great for kids. Or if you prefer jumping into the pool, go for it! We'll then hike further down the rocky stream to an incredible banyan tree with giant routes for climbing down to a larger more secluded, 2nd tier waterfall and pool, with the option of climbing into the fall. Epic! From here, we stand above an even larger and steep 3rd tier waterfall, for viewing, that gushes toward the ocean.
FOUR FALLS HIKE
4-5 Hour Adventure
(Level: Moderately Challenging & Technical)
The hike begins with a fairly easy stroll down through one of our numerous bamboo forests. We then arrive at a creek bed that fluctuates based on waterfall flow, where we rock hop across to giant bamboo and the first waterfall. There we can stop to cool off for a bit and take photos. We then rock hop to the 2nd falls for a quick swim. From there we have to climb up a 15 foot high, sheer rock, slippery slope next to the waterfall. There are ropes to use as leverage for climbing up. At the top, we hike through more bamboo, before we arrive at the next larger and more impressive waterfall with a large deep pool. Here you can spend time relaxing in the sun and cooling off. It has cliff jumping spots and a rope to swing off! Some of us prefer to swim to the falls and climb into it due to being deep set. But beware, it's very slippery! Having a private guide is useful for assistance here. The reward, sitting under or near the waterfall! The next phase is more challenging; we climb up a ladder with preset ropes, next to the waterfall, to get up the steep cliff face to the top of the falls. Your guide will be useful here. We then lava rock hop through the creek bed on some slippery rocks, only to make our way to a hidden rock formation that drops down into a hidden channel to swim through (this is where our drypack is handy), to climb up a man-size waterfall into the creek bed and rock hop to a 100+ ft waterfall to explore, relax, have a snack or lunch, and soak up the sun. There are several tier levels for climbing and jumping off the extensive lava rock wall near the falls (from high to low), which is great for all involved. By now, most people have dropped off the face of the planet! So, we may have this place to ourselves. The return is much faster without stopping. And it's about a two mile roundtrip hike that takes approximately 3.5 - 4 hours before driving us back to our meeting point to finish the day.
Further into this adventure hike is the road less traveled and for experienced hikers or active types, including kids, ages 10 or older.
MAUI RIDGE & WATERSLIDES HIKE
4-5 Hour Adventure
(Level: Moderately Strenuous/Stamina Builder)
Hike into the clouds with spectacular 360 degree views - from the lush rainforest of Waihe'e valley in the West Maui Mountains to the Haleakala Volcano of East Maui, incredible ocean views, and one of Maui's largest waterfalls in the distance. It's a fairly steep 5 mile hike roundtrip and can be slippery going back down, so good hiking shoes are mandatory.
The 2nd phase is a unique local experience, which involves a short hike down to hidden waterfall slides and pools to swim, jump, climb into and cool off in. Kids love this!