Waipio Valley Tours

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Forming a deep natural amphitheater that’s washed by the sea and waterfalls, the Waipio Valley, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a natural wonderland marked by rain forests and hiking trails. Cliffs thousands of feet high plunge to the valley floor, where a curved black-sand beach meets the sea.

The Basics
Known for its rich history and its natural beauty alike, the “Valley of the Kings” offers experiences for just about every type of traveler. Ride ATVs while learning about the valley’s lore, snap photos from the Waipio Valley Lookout, soar above 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs in a helicopter, or spend the day visiting some of Hawaii’s most famous waterfalls, including the towering Hi’ilawe Falls.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waipio Valley is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, or first-time visitors to the island.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Don’t attempt to drive a rental car into the valley; the road is extremely steep and many rental agreements prohibit it.
  • Hiking down to the black-sand beach requires a high level of physical fitness, but anyone can enjoy the views from the Waipio Valley Lookout.

How to Get There
The stunning Waipio Valley is located on the Big Island’s northern Hamakua Coast. The roads here are notoriously steep and should only be accessed by four-wheel drive, horseback, or organized tour (from Kukuihaele).

When to Get There
Since the views are one of the biggest draws, plan to visit on a clear, sunny day. November is the wettest month on the Big Island, and rain tends to impact how much of the valley is visible. Organized tours typically don’t run on Sundays.

Sacred, Mythical, Historical Waipio Valley
The Waipio Valley was once the home of many of Hawaii’s past rulers, and has great sacred and mythical significance. It was here where Kamehameha the Great (the first ruler of a unified Kingdom of Hawaii) was proclaimed the future ruler of the islands by Kakailimoku (a Hawaiian god). It’s also the site of several important Hawaiian temples, or heiaus.
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Address: Highway 240, Honokaa 96727, USA
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Small-Group Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. At about one hour and 45 minutes, this flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Discover the best of the Big Island on a full-day tour with a private guide, and explore Hawaii’s volcanos, rainforests and coastal scenery. Walk to a trio of waterfalls fringed with bamboo and wild orchids, then enjoy sweeping views of Waipio Valley's cliffs. Pause for a cup of coffee on a historic farm, spot green sea turtles on a black sand beach, then rise into the island’s rugged mountains. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s lava tubes and feel Kilauea’s heat as you step to the edge of a steaming vent.  
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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