Frequently Asked Questions about Maui Rappeling Activity

BATHROOMS?
There are flush toilets in the botanical garden at the trailhead. Once at the falls, we discourage urine in the stream, and suggest watering plants in the surrounding forest. For anything more solid, your guides carry potty bags (sounds weird, but works well). You carry your solids out in a non-smelly container.

MOSQUITOES?
Yes, this is a rainforest. However, mosquitoes don’t land in wind or water and they don’t like sun. We have repellent, but, you often don’t need it. Bring a long-sleeved shirt, if you have one.

SUNSCREEN?
Use only waterproof sunscreen, or it will wash off. Be prepared to be in the sun for at least an hour. We prefer to keep the stream fresh, without lotions and potions. You may wear a baseball cap or visor under your helmet.

SHOES?
We give you special traction, felt-soled water shoes that you can hike, rappel and swim in. So, it doesn’t matter what personal shoes you wear.

WHAT TO WEAR?
Men: swim trunks or light-weight pants. Quick-drying shirt.
Women: surf shorts, yoga pants or quick-drying pants. Shirt, tankini or bikini top is fine. Swimsuits are not a good idea.
In the winter bring a wetsuit top, if you have one. Whatever you wear will get wet, so bring another set of clothes to change into at the end of the trip.

WHAT TO BRING?
Towel, cameras, waterproof camera. We provide the rest of the gear, including backpacks. Bring a change of clothes.

CAN I USE MY OWN BACKPACK?
No. It will get wet. Our packs are made for rappelling in water.

WHAT ABOUT MY VALUABLES?
Keep them to a minimum (cell phone, wallet, camera). Such small items will fit in our waterproof kegs.

SHOULD I LEAVE MY STUFF IN MY RENTAL CAR?
No. Never on Maui. Our van meets you in a local Park ‘n Ride, and thieves recognize rental cars and may take your luggage or computers or satchels. If you have these items in your car, bring them with you in our van. But, it’s best to leave these things in your hotel.

CHILDREN?
The minimum age is 10.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS?
Your waist must measure between 22" and 54", and you must weigh less than 250 lbs.

IF I’M AN OBSERVER AND WON’T RAPPEL, WHAT DO I DO?
You hike and swim, or, if you prefer not to swim, you can sit on a rock and observe. You watch the group as it rappels, then a guide will hike you down to the pools to join the rappellers. The valley is a gorgeous place to spend a day.

DRINKS?
Rappel Maui has plenty of bottled water.

LUNCH?
Our food is made by the Garden Gourmet Cafe within the Garden of Eden Arboretum (where we gear up for our rappels). Chefs Jon and Ya are both serious "foodies" who care so much about what they serve that they bake their own Indian naan bread (for the wraps) and they insist on fresh ingredients.

  • Veggie: freshly-made naan bread, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, feta cheese, roasted mushrooms, zucchini, pesto, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper.
  • Turkey: Everything that’s in the veggie, plus1/4-lb. of turkey.
  • Gluten-free or vegan substitute: nori wrap with rice and vegetables. Or, salad with veggies.
  • Fresh fruit, usually pineapple or banana.
  • Chocolate chip cookie without nuts.