Hiking Manoa Falls – Hawaii

Hiking Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls is one of the most popular waterfall hikes on Oahu. The short 1-mile hike takes you through a valley of rainforest, into a bamboo forest and ends at Manoa Falls, a 150ft waterfall. The waterfall is truly remarkable, the only downside is that you can’t swim here. This blog will tell you everything you need to know about hiking Manoa Falls.

Manoa Falls Trail

The Manoa Falls trail is well marked so you don’t need to worry about getting lost. The 1-mile hike takes about 30 minutes, one way. The trail is suitable for anyone including children. There is a moderate incline but no notable steep areas. The Manoa Falls trail can be very muddy in places, even days after rain, so be prepared to get dirty shoes.

Hiking Manoa Falls
Hiking Manoa Falls
Hiking Manoa Falls

Can you swim at Manoa Falls

Manoa falls is one of the waterfalls on Oahu that you can not swim at. As you reach the falls you will see a rope at the viewing area that indicates to visitors that you can not pass this mark and therefore can not swim at Manoa Falls. If you are looking for a waterfall to swim in on Oahu, try Waimea Falls.

What to bring when Hiking Manoa Falls

As the Manoa Falls trail is quite short, around 2 miles in total, you don’t need to bring much with you.

For Manoa Falls I suggest bringing:

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • A bottle of water
  • A piece of fruit
  • And of course, a CAMERA!

These are my all time hiking essentials

Getting to Manoa Falls

By Car – simply type Manoa falls into Google Maps or follow the embedded map below. Parking is $5. If you don’t want to pay for parking at Manoa Falls, you can easily park down the hill (near the bus stop) and walk an extra 5 minutes. By car from Waikiki to Manoa Falls, it will take 20 – 30 minutes.

By Bus – Take bus 5 from Ala Moana Centre. You can ask the bus driver to tell you where the stop is and point you in the right direction. They are usually happy to help. From the bus stop, you walk up the hill and can follow signs. The trail is well marked and busy so you can always follow someone in or ask for directions if you are having trouble finding the Manoa Falls Trailhead.

Facilities at Manoa Falls

You will find a bathroom at the entrance to the trail.

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