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Frequently Asked Questions

What shoes do we wear?

For the waterfall / rain forest hikes: Running shoes or sports sandals (like Tevas, Chacos or Keens). For the Four-mile Crater Hike: Running shoes are suitable. There is no need to bring hiking boots unless you want to (they do take up a lot of suitcase space). Your shoes may get muddy or dirty on any of the hikes.

What clothes should we wear?

For the waterfall / rain forest hikes: Shorts and short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts are best. If mosquitoes really bother you (your guide carries repellent), you could wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Also, you will want your swimsuit to swim in the waterfalls and pools (optional).

For the Four-mile Crater Hike: The weather is often cool or cold (the altitude is 10,000 feet) and then it can warm up as you hike, so layered clothing is best, including a jacket, down vest, sweatshirt or sweater. You guide will also carry extra jacets.

Do we need to bring anything else?

A towel, if the hike includes swimming, and sun screen.

Are there mosquitoes?

In the rain forests, yes. In Haleakala Crater, no. We bring mosquito repellent, but bring your own, if you prefer a particular brand.

Should we bring water?

No. Hike Maui provides water, food, backpacks, rain gear, insect repellent, First Aid equipment.

What's for lunch?

Your choice of either a turkey sandwich, a vegetarian garden burger, or a peanut butter and jam sandwich, plus a large cookie and fruit--bananas, pineapple and whatever else is in season. Bottled water to drink.

The Short Waterfalls Walk does not include lunch, however, just a snack and bottled water.

Should we bring a camera?

Yes. Please also bring a Ziplock or a plastic bag due to possible rain showers. While hiking, it's often best to pad your camera with a towel in your backpack in case you slip or bang it on something. Any equipment you bring, you do have to be responsible for, even if the guide is helping you take photos.

Will there be a bathroom on the trail?

On some hikes there are toilets or porta potties at the trailhead. Once we're hiking, though, we head for the bushes. If you're uncomfortable using the bushes, please let your guide know before the hike begins so you can both figure out what's best for you.

Should we tip the guide?

If you're happy with the hike, it is the best way to show your appreciation.

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