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“A must go”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest
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Explore Maui: Hana Highway Drive and Waterfalls Hike
Ranked #79 of 364 things to do in Maui
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Owner description: Located at Oheo Gulch, the Bamboo Forest offers good hiking.
San Francisco, California
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“A must go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a easy hike through a tall and dense bamboo forest. It's truly amazing. It will lead you up to the water falls at a pool that's beautiful. Just be careful of falling rocks near the waterfall. I've seen them come down.

Visited July 2013
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“Love this hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

The first time we did this hike it was off season and we were virtually alone on the trail and it was magical, just hearing the wind whisper through the huge bamboo. This time we went in May, later in the day, so we had quite a few companions. Some are slower movers, we hike fast. So we got a bit impatient. So if you can, go early or in the off season. It is worth it. Nice trail on boards, and lovely falls.

Visited May 2014
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“Just like in the travel brochures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

As you drive out from Kahului, the 6.5-mile mark will be in the middle of a sugar cane field. Not to worry, you haven’t taken a wrong turn. About 10 miles down the road, the mile markers will reset to zero and the next 6.5 is the one you’re looking for. Across the street from a metal gate there are a couple of places with a narrow break in the bamboo hedge. You want to squeeze in through there, then go downhill onto a wider trail.

Don’t even think of coming in flip-flops. If there has been any rain at all in the previous days, you’ll have large patches of slippery mud. Plus, the rocks in the stream are covered with slippery algae which you may have to walk on in certain spots. The ideal footwear would be water shoes with thick treaded soles. When we went we didn’t have to swim across the stream, just rock-hopping and getting our feet wet here and there.

Wear a bathing suit beneath your clothes for the pools and maybe take a day pack to hold any stuff that you want to keep dry. Even if you think you won’t be going in the pools, you just may change your mind once you see how beautiful and inviting they are.

The climb up the rock face to reach the 3rd waterfall is not as treacherous as it sounds. You’re not rapelling on a sheer face. It’s only 10-12 feet with a few places where you can get a toehold as you hold onto the rope. The rope is thick and has knots at regular intervals so you can get a good grip on it as you step your way up. On the return you can make your way down the rope the same way you went up. No jumping required. Some people were choosing to jump off the top off the waterfalls into the pools. Scary stuff.

The ladder to the 4th waterfall with a missing rung requires more agility and strong knees, so some might not want to tackle that one. Again, there are knotted ropes to help you along.

This is an amazing spot, like the Hawaii of travel brochures. If you’re fairly fit, don’t miss it.

Visited May 2014
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“You have to see this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

Words and pictures dont adequately describe the experience. Its a bit of a hike (pun intended) to get to the forest, but its well worth it. There were quite a few others on the trail, but it was by no means crowded.

We ran into the same people at various points of the hike and ended up taking pictures for each other.

I think next time I might do one of the guided hikes. I've read about unmarked trails on the path but couldnt locate any of them. Might be something for you to consider.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Review of 6.5 mile mark bamboo forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

Again, this is not the main Bamboo Forest, but the one at mile marker 6.5. The water was high so a lot of people were turning back. We swam across the first stream and that's where the real adventure began! You have to cross another stream at one point (the rocks are slippery) but it's well worth it. There is also a rope ladder and ropes you have to climb up a slippery wall. I was nervous about that one, but managed to do it. Not for the faint of heart! Overall it was definitely a highlight of my whole Maui trip. Gotta love waterfalls and bamboo :)

Visited April 2014
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