16. Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls is one of the most popular and photographed waterfalls in Maui, and for good reason. It is a stunning 80-foot cascade that cascades into a lush pool below, surrounded by lush rainforest vegetation. Wailua Falls is easily accessible from the Road to Hana, making it a convenient stop for visitors of all ages and abilities.
To get to Wailua Falls, simply follow the Road to Hana past mile marker 45. You will see the falls from the road, but there is also a small parking lot where you can pull over and get a closer look. There is a short trail that leads to the base of the falls, but it can be slippery, so use caution.
Once you reach the base of the falls, you can take in its beauty from multiple angles. The water is often refreshing, even on a hot day. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even swim in the pool below the falls. However, be sure to check the conditions first, as the water can be dangerous after heavy rains.
Wailua Falls is a great place to visit for a quick photo break or a longer swim. It is also a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, so be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Here are some additional tips for visiting Wailua Falls:
- Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as the trail to the base of the falls can be slippery.
- Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun and bugs.
- If you are planning to swim in the pool below the falls, be sure to check the conditions first. The water can be dangerous after heavy rains.
- Be respectful of the natural environment and leave no trace.
Here are some additional fun facts about Wailua Falls:
- Wailua Falls is the most photographed waterfall on Maui.
- Wailua Falls was featured in the opening credits of the television show “Fantasy Island.”
- Wailua Falls is a sacred place to the Hawaiian people.
- It is believed that the waterfall is home to the spirit of a beautiful woman named Hina.
- Wailua Falls is a popular spot for swimming, hiking, and picnicking.