Hiking Manoa Falls – Hawaii

Hiking Manoa Falls

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This blog will tell you everything you need to know about 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 and the best I have been to on the island. The only downside is that you can’t swim here.

Manoa Falls Trail

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.

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
A bottle of water
A piece of fruit
And of course, a CAMERA!

These are my all time hiking essentials

Getting to Manoa Falls

Car – simply type Manoa falls into Google Maps or follow the embedded map below. Parking is $5. If you don’t want to pay you can easily park down the hill (near the bus stop) and walk an extra 5 minutes.

Bus – Take bus 5 from Ala Moana Centre. Ask the bus driver to tell you where the stop is and point you in the right direction. From the bus stop, you follow the signs up the hill, it’s impossible to get lost, the trail is well marked and busy so you can always follow someone in.

Facilities at Manoa Falls

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

Hiking Manoa Falls

Hiking Manoa Falls

Hiking Manoa Falls

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