If you cannot manage to move to the island, arrange a tour through this company. With more than 15 years of experience ... More
If you cannot manage to move to the island, arrange a tour through this company. With more than 15 years of experience providing adventure/eco-tours, these people are expert guides. They can take you into the heart of the rain forest, under waterfalls, to the summit of Haleakala and down into the crater. Prices are reasonable for a half-day hike. Call or check the website for more information.
Our guide was early to pick us up at our hotel. He was very friendly and knowledgable about Hawaiian plants and history. We drove for an hour through the mountains in West Maui to get to our hike spot. It was raining, and inside our provided backpacks were ponchos. We had a great time, we saw plants and animals that we otherwise wouldn't have seen on our trip. The rain eventually let up and a serene mist settled over the mountains. We had a great time and would definitely use Hike Maui again!
The brochures and web site for Hike Maui showed lots of pictures of what appeared to be off-the-trail hiking through all kinds of different kinds of terrain, and we wanted to see some of the Maui backcountry. We signed up for the "Half-Day Waterfalls and Rainforest Hike".
We met the group near Kahului and set off in a van to the hiking spot. The van's windows were extremely dirty and so that detracted from the view. The tour guide told these long rambling tales about local plants and Hawaiian history but managed to suck all the excitement out of the stories by constantly pausing and repeating herself. It felt like she was talking to children at times, as she'd explain what clouds and rain were and later explained the idea of evolution to us. She would quiz us in a very elementary-school fashion. It took two long hours to get where we were going.
When we finally arrived we hiked down a trail into a forested valley with a tiny river at the bottom. The entire hike down and back was probably less than a mile, and the terrain was unvarying. We ended up at a pool where we could swim and where people could jump off a cliff near a waterfall, which was pretty enjoyable. Then we ate a meal and headed back to the car for the 2 hour drive back.
For a hiking adventure there was precious little hiking. We spent 4-5 hours in the dirty van to hike less than a mile, and it cost about $230 for us to do it. It was not worth it. We wished we had spent our day and our money doing something else.
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