My husband and I will be visiting in late February / early March. I love waterfalls, and I especially love photographing waterfalls, and I have several questions. Which waterfalls would you say are absolute "must sees?" We're in our mid-forties and can do easy to moderate hikes.
At the very least, I am planning on going to Wailua Falls since it seems the easiest to get to.
Secret Falls looks interesting, but I wonder about taking my digital SLR in a kayak. Is that the only way to get to this waterfall?
I would like to hike to Hanakapi'ai Fallls, but I haven't decided if that might be too ambitious or not. I know it is 8 miles RT, but what is the elevation gain/loss?
After reading the forums, I will probably skip Kipu Falls.
I know we will be taking a helicopter tour. I haven't decided if it is worth it or not to take one that lands at the "Jurassic Park" falls. Has anyone done this tour? How long are you actually at the falls, and can you get a better shot of it on the ground or from the air?
Also, what about the Princeville Ranch horesback tour that takes you to a waterfall? Are these only accesible on this tour? Is it worth it if I am more interested in the photographic aspects vs the novelty of swimming under a waterfall?
Are there any other horseback tours I should consider instead?
I know, a lot of questions. Thanks for any opinions!