Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Hidden Gems of Hana
The road to Hana here on the rain forest side of Maui is already an off the beaten track kind of adventure. But if you have that drive to explore you can find yourself under a 400ft waterfall with no one else around. The beauty of this place is that except a few of the bigger, well known sites most of waterfalls, swimming holes, cliff jumps, and other incredible sites don't see too much foot traffic. But unless you are a local or have done your research there won't be any signs that point your way.
But those in the know can get so much more out of it. A sharp right at the gate, and a jump over a fence will take you to the 'infinity pool' overlooking the 200ft waterfall. Then past a huge banyan tree you enter an incredibly dense bamboo forest that shades out the sun. Rays of light filter down to shine on the forest floor. Luckily a boardwalk lifts your shoes out of the really damp areas. Side trails lead to swimming holes and water falls and if you make it all the way you are rewarded with a huge 400ft waterfall. After catching a glimpse of it through the jungle it gets bigger and bigger until you are standing right underneath it. Go early enough and it could be all yours to take in.