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Manoa Falls
Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls

Free admission
Manoa Falls, Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96822

The Basics

The 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) round-trip Manoa Falls trail is well marked, and while visitors some go at it alone, a number of tour operators offer guided hikes. Parts of the path are paved or lined with gravel, but because of the heavy foot traffic and rainy weather, the trail can be very wet and muddy. As a result the relatively easy hike can be slippery; the last few minutes before the falls are the most challenging. The pool at the bottom of the falls is no longer open for swimming due to falling rocks.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Best excursion ever!!
Cindy_G, May 2022
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Great communication leading up to the excursion. You will never meet a nicer person, whose first concern is your safety and enjoyment. Bikes were great (I want one!) and the hike while challenging because I am out of shape, was manageable. Pictures along the way by the guide were an added bonus I didn’t expect. Don’t hesitate! Book now! You won’t be sorry!!!
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Best bike tour,….hands down!!!!!
Dayna_W, Apr. 2022
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Ryan was extremely knowledgeable and brought a great perspective of the island and it’s history! I would do the tour again!!!!!
star-5
Excellent experience. Highly recommended.
LaTonya_C, Dec. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Nice e-bike ride to the mountains. Stopped for saved ice. Outstanding tour guide. Highly recommended.
star-5
Fantastic afternoon
Susan_A, Dec. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Ryan was very knowledgeable! It was a fantastic hike... I would definitely do it again! Thank you for a great afternoon.
star-5
Awesome bike and hike
JonathanBerzack, Dec. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Ryan and Aya rock. Very knowledgeable and fun. Loved and ride and hike. Great bikes and awesome pics along the way.
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Great relaxing and fun tour
skky23, Dec. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
What a great half day tour! Ryan was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. He took great care of us. The electric bikes were awesome!!! We had no trouble riding from Waikiki to Manoa and back. The hike to the waterfalls was short but could be challenging in spots. We ended the tour with shaved ice at Waiola. That was the best shaved ice we had the whole time in Hawaii! Highly recommend this tour!!
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Highly recommend-Great ride and hike and fantastic guide
Melanie_S, Apr. 2022
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
We highly recommend Ryan of 808eventures. My husband, son and I were treated to a lovely morning of biking, hiking, tour guiding, and snacking, led by Ryan. His e-bikes are modern, clean and well-maintained and he is meticulous in assuring safety. Ryan’s thoughtfulness includes freezing the bottles of water you get so they’re sure to be refreshing after the ride and hike, capturing photos which he uploads to a link, and recommending stops at local’s favorites for amazing poke and shaved ice. Oh, and the scenery on the ride and hike is awesome too, even if it rains!
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Great way to get to the hikes! Best tour
dooleyrebecca, Feb. 2022
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
We had the best day! Ryan is amazing - nice and chill - we had great chats about Hawaii history but also just lots of topics. Location in Waikiki was easy to find Private tour (just husband and I) was great because he actually customized it a bit to allow us stop at the UH team shop for a tshirt, and since we were making good time we did an extra ride / hike for an extended option. Ryan took such amazing photos - truly better and more pics than our wedding 😂 and he sent me them right after. We’ve ridden e bikes and e scooters quite a lot and these were best ever - more powerful and felt safer with the thicker tires. Don’t be nervous if you’re not a strong / fit bike rider: you barely have to pedal! Some tips: - Wear / bring sunscreen or wear long sleeves. And a hat! - wear hiking shoes or sneakers - the falls hike wasn’t too muddy or wet that you’d need hiking sandals, but it would be if it had recently rained. - there is a little convenient stand at the start of falls hike if u need extra drinks or snacks or bathroom - Ryan had helmets and water and bug spray
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Ebike and hike at Manoa Falls is a must-see!
Reece_A, Sep. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Ryan and Aya were superb tour guides. Ryan led from the front and Aya made sure my son and I stayed together. It was my first time on an eBike. I totally trusted Ryan guiding us through Manoa. Hiking Manoa Falls was my favorite part of the tour. The air was so fresh under the trees! What a great experience!!! Both Ryan and Aya are very professional and are passionate about their services.
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Happy Tourists!
Mitch_S, Nov. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Highly recommend! The e bikes were so much fun and the hike absolutely beautiful. The tour guides were the best part of the excursion. They made us feel safe and gave us their undivided attention. Don’t leave Oahu without this experience!
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senior moment
melissa_l, Nov. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
it was an amazing experience that we had , the moment we meet Ryan he was polite and fun person , during the ride and the hike we stop in many sites to learn many thing about the Moana Area thnk u ryan ! i’ll make sure to schedule your sold out hike on time 😃
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Fantastic ride & hike! Great experience!
Jeremy_B, Aug. 2021
Private Half-day Manoa Falls Hike and eBike Ride
Sight seeing was great. Seeing more of the town outside of Waikiki beach was also great. The guides were very informative on the historical nature of the area during the ride & hike, and the overall experience was amazing!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan on getting dirty, and wear sturdy walking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

  • Bring insect repellent, as mosquitos are out in full force on the trail.

  • There is a small snack shop near the trail entrance.

  • The force of the waterfall depends on rainfall; expect less water in summer months.

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How to Get There

Manoa Falls is located at the end of Manoa Valley, northeast of downtown Honolulu. If driving from Waikiki, take the H1 toward the airport, exit at Punahou Road, and continue on to Manoa Road. There is paid parking near the entrance to the hike.

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When to Get There

The Manoa Falls trail is open year-round. Oahu has a mild, tropical climate, with hotter days in summer and a rainy season typically from November to March. On rainy days the waterfall is at its most impressive and the trail is less crowded—yet also very muddy.

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Tropical Vegetation

Manoa Falls is full of colorful, tropical plants, and a naturalist guide or book can help you identify what you see along the way. Parts of the trail are lined with guava, eucalyptus, and banyan trees as well asawapuhi, or bitter ginger flowers. It is common to spot tropical birds and insects as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Manoa Falls?
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