Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views from the old Kohala Mule Station lookout. Rumble through the rugged landscape in an off-road vehicle and hike along the tunnels and aqueducts of a historic sugar plantation. Admire the seven Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade. A picnic lunch and hotel transport are included.
Small group off-road walking tour on Hawaii
Travel up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines past traditional villages and famous landmarks
Breathtaking views from the Kohala Mule Station
Visit 100-year-old plantation
Moderate hike past waterfalls and rock formations
Learn about the history of Hawaii through water, waterfalls and diverse ecosystems
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Take in coastal views and see beautiful waterfalls; you'll even get the chance to take a dip!
Explore highlights of Kohala, the Big Island’s northwestern coast, on a full-day adventure. The tour begins with early morning pickup at your Kohala or Waikoloa hotel for the drive up the glorious Kona coastline. Pass through the charming plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, and keep an eye out for large marine life offshore, including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the winter). Take in spectacular views from the old Kohala Mule Station, and then climb aboard a sturdy 6x6 Pinzgauer military ATV for brief, bumpy off-road ride along the cliffs. Your destination is the Kohala Ditch Trail, built in the early 1900s to irrigate the surrounding former sugar plantation. Hike approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), passing blasted-out tunnels, ditches and an old aqueduct while your guide shares the history of the plantation and the construction of its impressive irrigation system. Take a break and recharge with a picnic lunch among the beautiful mountainous scenery. Throughout the moderately challenging hike, see the seven Kohala waterfalls that dot the lush and diverse landscape. Stop at the last fall for a chance to jump into the refreshing pool and cool off under the cascade. At the end of the hike, relax on the ride back to your hotel, where your 8-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jan 2019
My husband, 7-year old son, and I had no idea what to expect, and were blown away by this amazing, beautiful adventure! Our guide (Justin) was very professional and extremely well-informed about the island's history. The approximate 2-mile hike through the rain forest was both visually stunning and physically achievable. This adventure was worth every penny. Do not leave Hawaii without treating your family to this adventure!!
This excursion was a great experience due to our wonderful guide Justin. He was so personable and informative but also laidback. We enjoyed every minute of our time. The places he took us were breathtaking and our boys loved swimming in the freshwater waterfall as well as riding off road in the Australian military vehicle. Also it was the perfect amount of time-still had most of the afternoon to swim at our resort. Definitely recommend!
This was an excellent tour and a real way of seeing the island. The tour guide was very well informed and took us in a four wheel drive vehicle where there are no roads. We then proceeded to hike to a couple of waterfalls. I gave this tour four stars instead of five because not everyone might be able to handle the hike especially if there are ambulatory issues involved as we hiked on somewhat primitive paths with overgrown tree roots. We were rewarded, though, with a dip in one of the waterfalls along the route. The tour includes a box lunch overlooking high cliffs with the ocean beating against them, spectacular! This tour is a great way for the adventurous to explore the islands.
This tour was great. Uncle Danny was our guide and he was amazing. He not told us about the history and culture of the island, but was a wealth of knowledge regarding the plants and animals on the island. The place Uncle Dan took us for lunch was amazing. It overlooked the Kohala Coast.
The tour and sites were absolutely amazing. Our tour guide was great. Very knowledgable and funny too. It was just an amazing experience and if I'm ever on the big island again I won't hesitate to go again!!