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Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour

  • Full-day tour of the Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast
  • Be wowed by three stunning Big Island waterfalls: Hiilawe Falls, Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls
  • Sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a Hilo fruit farm
Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour
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Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour
From US$ 197.00
With this scenic Waipio waterfall tour, you'll spend the day scouring the Hamakua Coast for the Big Island’s famous waterfalls, including Akaka Falls, Hi’ilawe Falls, and Rainbow Falls. You'll also sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a fruit farm in Hilo, swim at a private waterfall (weather permitting) and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Kona between Hawaii’s tallest mountains.
What to Expect
There are few more images iconic to Hawaii than a waterfall spilling through the rainforest, and on this scenic Waipio waterfall tour, you’ll have the chance to view some of the best, most famous waterfalls in Hawaii. 
The tour begins when you’re picked up directly from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, where you’ll drive towards historic Waipio Valley through the pasture lands of Parker Ranch. Upon arrival in Honoka’a, admire the small, old school atmosphere before boarding a 4-wheel drive vehicle, where you’ll explore a part of the Hawaiian Islands that’s known as the Valley of Kings.
You’ll navigate the rugged valley terrain towards the base of Hi’ilawe Falls, where you’ll stand amidst taro falls with an unforgettable view of the island’s tallest waterfall. 
Having craned your neck to take in the falls, journey back up towards the top of the valley to the Waipio Valley Lookout, where you’ll soon enjoy a lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, seaweed salad and rice (vegetarian meals available upon request).
Relax on the serpentine drive to Hilo along the Hamakua Coast, before emerging at thundering Akaka Falls and its staggering drop. If weather permits, you will get to swim and kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. You’ll next move over to Rainbow Falls, where the angle of light can often create a colorful rainbow in the mist, and also make a stop at a tropical fruit farm in Hilo where guests can sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts.
The drive back to Kona is an adventure in itself, as you travel the infamous Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, climbing to high on the frigid, windswept moonscape. In winter, it’s common for both mountains to be covered with snow, and eventually you’ll drop back down towards Kona for a drop off back at your hotel.
Reviews (147)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A trip to Eden

A terrific tour that takes you to dozens of fantastic sites and sights. It included the most spectacular waterfalls I've ever seen. At least as awesome as Niagara and Bridal Veil. And, though I hate the overuse of the word, it was a totally freakin'...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dan R
Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect rainy day tour

A really great day considering that we were in a rain forest and it was raining! Not hard rain all the time but it was wet. Our driver/guide was Dreu and we were well-informed and entertained the whole day. This tour is the perfect way...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank phil f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Two fantastic tours with Dreu

I had two tours with this company in February 2019, “Waipio Valley and waterfalls” and historical Kona. Both were fantastic and Dreu was out tour guide and driver. Started at 7 am, got back home at 10 pm. One of the advantages of these all...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 912adar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waipio Valley & Waterfalls Tour with Kala and driver Chris

Awesome tour and outstanding tour guide Kala. This is a long day touring the Big Island and Kala and Chris kept us informed and entertained. Lots of good stops for beautiful views and short hikes. Really appreciated the personal touch Kala, mahalo!!

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Scott T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Cool experience

It was raining a lot during our tour but Drew still made the best of it. Probably one of the best ways to see the northern part of the island. Beautiful waterfalls and foliage. Drew was very knowledgeable in anything Hawaiian and I learned a...More

1  Thank redsox2864
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3 March 2019|
Response from Ginnyandfred | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know, you will have to email them directly.
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Response from IleneM216 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but the trip lasted 11 hours and most ships don't stay in port that long.
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