Oahu is one of the most popular Hawaiian Islands for family vacations. The diversity of this Hawaiian Island is always a plus for most families like yours. The vibrant nightlife, laidback beach towns, and the abundance of marine life are also what draws people to the island of Oahu. All those things are amazing when it comes to a family vacation in Oahu. But what if you were to include a few of the best waterfalls in Oahu on your list of things to do? If your family loves adventures, then a few of the waterfalls on Oahu will be the perfect addition to your next family vacation.
At the top of the list of best waterfalls in Oahu is Manoa Falls. This waterfall is not too far from Honolulu, which is why so many visitors choose to add it to their Hawaiian itinerary. The two-mile round-trip trail will take you through a lush forest filled with banyan trees. Manoa Falls is one hundred fifty feet high, so make sure you look way up when you reach it.
One of the least visited waterfalls on Oahu is Hamama Falls. This forty-foot-high waterfall is surrounded by lush scenery and lots of solitude. The four-mile round trip hike is quite easy. Once you arrive at this waterfall in Oahu, you will want to enjoy a picnic lunch. Maybe even a nap before you make the return trip. It is important to note that this waterfall is on state land. Therefore, arrangements will need to be made to acquire a permit for your visit.
If your family does not like hiking through the woods to unknown destinations, you can still see a waterfall in Oahu. Waikahalulu Falls can be found inside the Lili’uokalani Gardens. This waterfall is only ten feet high. It is an excellent option though if you want to see a waterfall in Oahu without hiking anywhere. Plus, you won’t be able to resist the gorgeous scenery and the ability to escape the noise of the larger cities for a little bit.
Waimea Falls is also known as Waihi Falls. This is one of the most accessible waterfalls on Oahu. The hiking trail to this waterfall is flat and mostly paved. It is four miles long though, so you will need to plan your time accordingly. I always recommend combining a hike to Waimea Falls with your time at both the archaeological sites and botanical gardens at Waimea Valley. It creates a fabulous day trip option that all families love!
Maunawili Falls can be quite crowded on the weekends, so I will plan your visit there on a weekday if possible. This will ensure your family enjoys the slightly challenging walk along the trail without running into too many people along the way. It is best to not attempt this hike after a rainstorm, because the mud gets quite slick. If you do happen to find a good day to visit this waterfall in Oahu, you will be rewarded with the rushing water, as well as beautiful views.
Off the beaten path destinations can really get your heart pumping. That’s if your family is up for the adventure! Lulumahu Falls is a waterfall that is located in a remote area in Oahu. There are never too many tourists. That is partly because you will need a permit from the Hawaii Department of Forestry and Wildlife. Lulumahu Falls is on state land and is located near the Kaniakapupu Ruins. There are two entrances to the trail. They will both lead you to the waterfall, but neither one is clearly marked. You will want to pay attention as you are hiking so you do not miss the signs that you are getting closer to this waterfall.
One of the most unique waterfalls in Oahu is the Upside-Down Waterfall. You can see this waterfall from the Pali Highway. However, there isn’t a safe place to stop on the road, so any pictures you take will probably be as you are driving past the falls. If you could get out of your car, you would want to stand on your head to see this waterfall on Oahu. The reason for this is the water never hits the ground once it rushes over the top. Instead, the water is moved back up into the air by the strong winds. The best time to see the Upside-Down Waterfall is after a heavy rainstorm.
These are the best waterfalls in Oahu, however, there are a few others you may be interested in seeing as well. I can easily add any of these waterfalls to your customized Hawaiian itinerary.
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