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Tour code: 6651WFALL
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 and the Hi’ilawe Falls. At Rainbow Falls, on the outskirts of Hilo, watch as a rainbow forms in the mist of this cascading beauty, and you’ll also experience a black sand beach at the Waipio Valley shoreline. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant as you explore the Hamakua Coast, before driving back to Kona between Hawaii’s tallest mountains.  


  • 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
  • Hike to a black-sand beach for dramatic coastal views
  • Enjoy a Hawaiian lunch crafted in the gourmet kitchen of the tour operator.
  • Snacks, drinks and hotel transport from Kona and Kohala included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures you enjoy a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls

Scenic sights on this Big Island tour include great views of Akaka Falls.

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. Once you’re down on the valley floor, hike through the forest to emerge at the shore of a beautiful black-sand beach, and hear the stories, legends, and history of stunning Waipio Valley.

Climbing back into the 4-wheel drive vehicle, 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. 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 the Hilo Farmers Markets for shopping or snacks for the car.

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. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Both tour guides were very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The views were incredible!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was amazing . Our guide Chris was fantastic. Would do this again .

Sam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

long day. plenty of free time. the waterfalls are gorgeous. definitely do not need a swim suit there is no opportunity to go in the water.

Bill P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing!

Glen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour of the Waipio Valley was fantastic. Hili, our guide into the valley, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. His commentary during the tour brought out many things that would otherwise have been missed. A truly amazing tour that no one should miss!

April M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour guide. My only complaint is car ride time. It's inevitable on Kona, but if you're not one for long periods of time between sites, pick something else. The tour guide was very educated and funny. He had plenty of snacks for everyone. The waterfalls were of course beautiful! I was hoping to get into one of the pools, but you don't actually get that close. The black sand beach we had time to take off our shoes and walk and get wet. If you have time, def. do the tour. You will get a great snapshot of the island in one day.

Janice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. Highly recommend it. Joseph was an excellent tour guide!

Dallas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We loved this tour and Nick, our guide, was terrific. We saw lots of amazing sights and had plenty of time at each stop to enjoy the surroundings and take photos. The black sand beach was amazing and the waterfalls were spectacular. We would highly recommend this tour.

Cheryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide, Paul, was excellent. He was knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and folklore and made the tour fun and informative


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Very interesting and informative.Tour guides were perfect professional.I do recommend this tour

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