Have you ever wanted to swim in a waterfall by yourself? Put Caveman Falls on your bucket list and get ready to check it off! Located on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii, Caveman Falls is an painless hike with an epic payoff of beauty and tranquility all at once!
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Wake Up Early
I’m not a morning person, so the absolute last thing I want to do on a vacation is wake up early, but it is absolutely necessary and worth it! If you are coming from the mainland, the time change is on your side, so it won’t be as painful as you think! It is about an hour drive from Wailea and Kaanapali, and there are so many fun places to stop along the way, but save them for the drive home because you have a bucket list to check! Twin Falls is almost everyone’s first stop on the Road to Hana because of it’s beauty and accessibility. Also the parking lot is fairly small and I have read many people who have to miss it because they can’t find parking.
What to Bring
The Road to Hana is windy is an understatement, so if you get even a little motion sick (or a lot, ME!) make sure to bring Dramamine or think about driving. Our hotel provided local ginger candies for the Road to Hana, seriously the Four Season’s anticipates everything I need without even knowing it. It totally ruined me in a good way! I can’t go anywhere without them, I love Gin Gins from The Ginger People, each one is individually wrapped so they can be taken anywhere.
The hike to Caveman Falls is flat and easy, so really almost any pair of shoes will work, we opted for tennis shoes and water shoes and it worked perfectly. Depending on the rain it can get really muddy, so sport sandals like Chacos or Tevas are a great option too. You will have to cross a small stream, depending on rainfall to the waterfall (see picture below). Also if you plan on swimming in Caveman Falls, there are lots of hidden tree branches and logs under the water, so you definitely need some type of water shoes.
If you plan on swimming, you will obviously need a swimsuit and towel, and I brought a change of clothes, so I wouldn’t have to hike back in wet clothes. The Road to Hana is fairly remote, so make sure you bring food and water and have gas in your car, there are a few roadside food stands, so make sure to bring cash if you want a snack. If you plan on hiking around Twin Falls, bring some bug spray as we found lots of mosquitos.
Strolling through the alluring foliage to Caveman Falls, is part of the attraction. Twin Falls is definitely the most popular stop and even though Twin Falls will be busy, the hike to Caveman Falls is comparatively peaceful. I love hiking when you can get lost in the white noise of birds and leaves rustling, there is something so soothing about it.
You can hear the waterfall as you approach and then the path ends right in front of the beautiful Caveman Falls. Approaching Caveman Falls, there was a large group swimming in the falls, but thankfully we were patient and after about 10 minutes they all left and then it was complete tranquility, just the sound of the rushing waterfall, all to ourselves. So if there is a large group be patient, because we didn’t have anyone else join us for another 30 minutes, pure bliss! Which is plenty of time to swim out and have your husband take a picture of you swimming by yourself under a waterfall.
Get a Snack
After visiting Caveman Falls and Twin Falls, stop by the Farm Stand. They have all sorts of amazing snacks and goodies! We chose banana bread and sugar cane. If you have not tried raw sugar cane, I think it is a must! You chew on the sugar cane stalks to release the sugar and then suck the juice, I promise it is a fun treat that you can’t find everywhere! We tried it on our honeymoon in Oahu as a recommendation from a local farmer, and I’ve been in love ever since.
Where to Next?
Obviously all the amazing stops on the Road to Hana are an easy choice. We chose to just do what we called a baby Road to Hana and only stop at Caveman Falls and Twin Falls before heading back to enjoy more of the island.
We loved Mama’s Fish House for a late lunch and stopped by Ho’Okipa where we saw honu (sea turtles) and surfers. If you have extra time make sure to stop by the town of Paia, they have a beautiful main street off the Hana Highway filled with restaurants and shops. We tried to add Haleakala sunset to this adventure, which is why we didn’t go all the way through the Road to Hana. Unfortunately weather wasn’t on our side, so we headed to Maui Brewing in Kihei, which became on of our favorite spots! The town of Kihei also also totally worth your time, there are so many restaurants and shops and beautiful beaches!