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4 Stunning Maui Waterfalls From Air

September 27, 2017, 12:42 PM HST (Updated September 27, 2017, 12:42 PM) · 1 Comment
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High up on the list of Maui sightseeing priorities are the island’s waterfalls, and rightfully so. The Valley Isle’s numerous waterfalls are recognized the world over as some of the most beautiful anywhere. While this list of waterfalls seen during Maverick Helicopters tours is far from comprehensive, it does include some of the more prominent on the island.

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Waimoku Falls

This isn’t the tallest waterfall on the island, but what Waimoku Falls lacks in height, it makes up for in overall desktop wallpaper-esque beauty. The Pīpīwai Stream rolls over this 400-foot drop, spouting from a slight part in the dense jungle that looms over ‘Ohe’o Gulch, before making its way into the Pools of ‘Ohe’o near Kuloa Point. Avoid the throng of National Park visitors hiking Pīpīwai Trail to catch a glimpse of this stunning waterfall by climbing aboard the Maui Dream or Maui Spirit tours.

 

Wailua Falls 

Wailua waterfall at Honolewa Stream in East Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.

This 80-foot-tall waterfall is also located near the Road to Hāna. It’s so close to this ancient thoroughfare that in practically splashes onto the asphalt. Wailua Falls can be easily accessed by foot, but only a helicopter tour affords sightseers panoramic views of the multiple cascades found along Honolewa Stream.There are nearly half a dozen, most of which can only be seen aboard a helicopter. Maverick’s popular Maui Dream and Maui Spirit tours both swing far enough to the southeast to catch a glimpse of Wailua Falls.

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Twin Falls

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This area located along the northern segment of the historic Road to Hāna boasts a large number of smaller waterfalls scattered across the undulating, jungle terrain. The vast string of falls and pools are surrounded by lush foliage and dreamlike caverns in the rock walls. The limited parking in this area fills up quickly, so avoid the headache and consider taking the Hāna Rainforest Experience, Maui Dream or Maui Spirit tour for great views of Twin Falls. Keep an eye out for this photogenic region as your tour passes along Maui’s north shore.

 

Honokohau Falls 

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Nestled deep within the rugged terrain of the West Maui Mountains, Honokohau Falls represents the island’s tallest. It cascades majestically in two tiers over the course of 1,119 feet. Due to its isolated location, visitors to Maui can only catch a glimpse of Honokohau Falls by helicopter. The falls are so impressive that producers of “Jurassic Park” insisted on including aerial shots of the cascades in the film because of the exotic, other-worldly appearance. This is truly one of those sites that actually leaves the passengers of our Maui Dream, Moloka‘i Voyage and Sunset Odyssey tours speechless.

The stunning waterfalls on this list represent only a small portion of what guests see aboard a Maverick Helicopter tour. For more information on the different tours, click here.

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