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  • Location:Kukuihale, Hawaii
  • Duration:3.5 hours

Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley

Explore the Big Island's lush Waipio Valley on this ATV adventure perfect for the whole family. Drive your own ATV or be driven by a guide and admire the tropical scenery filled with waterfalls, towering cliffs, verdant landscapes and black-sand beaches. You’ll stop to swim at a waterfall pond, get great views of the famous Hiilawe Falls, one of Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls, and enjoy light refreshments. No experience is necessary, and your experienced, knowledgeable guide will ensure a safe and enjoyable time.


  • 3.5-hour ATV tour through the Big Island’s Waipio Valley
  • Drive your own ATV or ride an open-air buggy driven by a guide
  • Admire breathtaking scenery of towering cliffs, lush vegetation and waterfalls
  • Stop to swim at the base of one of Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls, Hiilawe Falls
  • Enjoy light refreshments and hear stories from your knowledgeable, experienced guide
  • All equipment and a safety orientation are included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This exciting tour of the mystical Waipio Valley is one of the only ways to see the Big Island's tallest waterfall up close! Kids or others who don't want to drive an ATV can ride in an open-air 4x4 buggy with a professional driver. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty -- it's worth it!

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What You Can Expect

Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley

Hiilawe Falls in Waipi'o Valley

Meet at Waipio Valley Artworks in beautiful downtown Kukuihaele, a 90-minute drive from Kona and 75-minute drive from Hilo, to begin your ATV adventure.

After a safety orientation and ATV demonstration, strap on your provided safety gear, hop on your personal ATV or open-air buggy, driven by a guide, and then ride through the breathtaking scenery of ancient Waipio Valley, featuring sheer 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs and vistas of black-sand beaches.

Admire this serene, awe-inspiring and majestic place – a sacred royal land that’s the center of many Hawaiian legends and folklore -- and catch amazing panoramic views as you follow your guide through eucalyptus forests.

Stop to swim at a beautiful waterfall pond, created by the waters of Hiilawe Falls, one of the tallest and most powerful waterfalls in Hawaii. Then, see the back side of Parker Ranch, one of Hawaii's largest ranches, and head to the top of Waipio to ride along the rim.

You’ll enjoy light refreshments and stories from your experienced, knowledgeable and fun guide, and end your tour back where you started.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had the best time. I never rode an ATV before and was nervous, but they let me do a few practice runs and I was comfortable before the real ride. The track was amazing. It was fun dirt roads with dips and rocks and hills that allowed for a rough and fun terrain ride. It was raining, they provided ponchos, but this just added to the adventure. They allow more time than other ATV tours and this was so worth it! Would do it again!

Ward D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highly recommended to take this tour!!! Disappointed with your handling of the booking. We booked it for Friday. Drove all the way up there to find out that you did NOT book it. The people were very nice and we were able to reschedule for Saturday morning!!!

Harold S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Knowledgeable guides, well managed, great family experience.

Cheryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fun from start to finish, breath taking,awe inspiring and humbling views. Will do it again upon island return:

Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of the highlights of our entire time on the island. Awesome and fantastic guides too.

Jeff L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Views were beautiful and swimming in waterfall pool fun and refreshing. Great trip for beginners on ATV really had fun riding thru eucalyptus forest to stops along the way. For experienced riders a slow but still fun. I would do this tour again.

Danielle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a lot of fun. My daughter and I got to ride in a side by side since she wasn't old enough to drive herself. We saw beautiful views and swam in a waterfall. One of the highlights of our trip.

Kristine N S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour of the Waipio Valley Rim. Our guide, Ray, was very knowledgeable about the valley, especially he lived in the valley. The views of the valley from above were just awesome. Couldn't get the same feel of the valley if it were a valley floor tour. Although we might consider that the next time. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to venture off the regular tourist destinations. We did gthe buggy ride! Great!

Paul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had the best day ... Amazing informative staff .. Made us feel safe on the bike. Would highly recommend .. So beautiful

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Awesome!!! Guides were friendly, fun, and very conscience of our safety. The ATV's were in great condition.
Saw some breath taking views of the Waipio Valley that you can't see from the public lookout. Will definetely do this again!

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