If you’re not sure whether a waterfall rappelling tour is for you, ask yourself a few questions:
1. When was the last time I walked down a tropical waterfall, in a rainforest, on Maui? 2. When will I get another chance to walk down a tropical waterfall, in a rainforest, on Maui?
These are just a few of the prompts inspired by a recent article in The Maui Concierge, in which an intrepid writer named Heidi takes on the challenge and joy of harnessing up and looking down. Way down. You can read up on her experience online or in print (at finer news stands all over the island.)
The Maui Visitors Bureau wants to show writers the best Maui has to offer, so they often send travel writers, bloggers and reporters rappelling with us. Weʻre the new tour on island and definitely the most adventuresome. And, our valley is gorgeous. Our latest trio are photographer JD Andrews, travel writing bloggers “Captain” Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark. All three seemed thrilled by their day with us.
Here are a few items they posted to their various accounts (Facebook, Google, Instagram, etcetera).
Renowned photographer JD Andrews
Quirky and well-read travel bloggers “Captain” Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark.
Audrina Patridge of the Emmy award-winning lifestyle show “1st Look” paid a visit to Rappel Maui last month. “1st Look” is an exciting program that takes you to some of the best destinations across the nation for thrilling adventures.
Audrina Patridge was joined by her boyfriend Casey, her brother Marky and her sister Casey along with Rappel Maui guides, Joe Shetz and Mark Paranada.
Feelings before the activity: Corey, Audrina’s boyfriend, does extreme sports for a living and just loves the adrenaline rush of being put on the edge. Audrina’s sister has gone sky-diving before, but has never done anything like rappelling in a waterfall before. Brother Mark was just excited to get on the biggest waterfall possible and get to it! Audrina admitted to being a bit nervous. She was nervous about rappelling down, hanging over a cliff, dangling there. Her heart was definitely pounding!
Feelings after canyoneering: After the first 60 foot practice run on a dry cliff, the girls felt exhilarated. They said it was definitely an adrenaline rush and once they made it down, they felt a strong sense of accomplishment. Casey came down the cliff quickly, almost hopping along the way like a pro. After the first cliff, the girls were feeling good and joked that the reason why the guys wanted them to go first was because they were a little scared.
The waterfall drop is 50 feet, but is more vertical than the dry run. Audrina commented that it was harder than the first one because it was slippery and she kept trying to find places to put her feet in the rushing water of the waterfall. “It’s kind of amazing to be inside of a waterfall. As loud as it is, and as wet, and it’s going in your face, but at the same time it’s beautiful.”
Canyoneering is descending the canyon by whatever means necessary… down-climbing, jumping, rappelling, and other techniques available for you to descend. The canyon Rappel Maui uses for this thrill-seeking activity was once used for the filming of Jurassic Park. This is such a great Maui activity because we take people into a beautiful, secluded part of Maui that you would never otherwise get to see, and experience an activity that is probably the most exciting on Maui. It’s fully engaging, and adrenaline-pumping. And although we keep you completely safe, feelings that your life is in danger are common.
Here is the video segment from the show, 1st Look on NBC. Enjoy!