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On this informative Big Island ATV tour, not only will you ride through the lush interior of historic Waipio Valley, but experience the ways that traditional lifestyles continue to thrive here today. After exploring the valley on your Big Island ATV, take a refreshing dip in a natural pool at the base of a towering waterfall, and get views of famous Hi’ilawe Falls that spills down the back of the valley. See black sand beaches, vertical sea cliffs and sweeping views of the valley. No experience is required to enjoy this popular Big Island adventure. 


  • 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

This Big Island ATV adventure begins at Waipio Valley Artworks, which is approximately a 90-minute drive from Kona and a 75-minute drive from Hilo. 

The tour begins with some safety tips and an intro to your ATV, and your guide will help you get loaded with gear for driving your own ATV. For those who’d prefer to simply ride along, there’s also the option of riding with a guide in a comfortable, open-air buggy, where along with the rest of the ATV group, you’ll experience the sweeping, panoramic vistas looking down into Waipio Valley. 

While riding your Big Island ATV on this Waipio Valley tour, you’ll pass by gorgeous black-sand beaches and hear the crashing of waves, all while staring at towering cliffs that rise 2,000 feet (610 meters) from the valley. As your guide will inform you, this valley is sacred to native Hawaiians and has housed generations of kings, including the powerful King Kamehameha who was raised right here in the valley. 

Having worked up a sweat as you motor through the valley, stop for a cool, refreshing dip in a pool at the base of waterfall, which is fed by Hi’ilawe Falls: one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii. You’ll motor along the backside of Parker Ranch, one of the largest privately owned ranches in America, and ride around its ridge for an unforgettable view down into the valley.

Throughout this ATV tour on the Big Island, you’ll enjoy refreshments, stories and snacks as your guide ensures your safety, and you’ll finish back at the starting point at the end of the epic adventure. 

Customer Reviews

Qing Hui T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The guide was great and the ride was amazing through the forest around Waipio valley!

We stopped by a waterfall and you can take a dip in it but beware, the water is pretty cold because it comes from an icy source.

The tour ended with a look over the Waipio valley and the history of it! Well worth the money!

Shaun B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The trip was awesome. the Guides were very knowledgeable about the area and showed us some great photo opportunities. Would recommend this to anyone.

Amy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fun and informative guides. Thank you for sharing your home with us and teaching us about the history and culture of the Valley. Very fun ride through the forest and mud!! :

Patti P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great guides. Cool trails. Amazing views!

Aaron D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was so much fun that we considered to do it again the next day.

Trever L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was indeed an adventure. Our guide was Jeremy, he made the trip worth it. All of their pictures on the web site don't do them no justice. The valley shot alone was worth it. This is highly recommended. Considering the day before we did a helicopter ride


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

it was awesome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a cool outing. The tour guides were great. The Waipio Valley is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.! You can swim at the base of the waterfall, but you might want to bring water shoes and the base isn't too big.

Cindy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

great time riding the ATV and #39;s.The guides were awesome, friendly, and shared some interesting history about the area. first time on ATV and #39;s. 17 and 20 year old loved it. Beautiful views. ride the rim- I pictured going along the edge all the way around, but stopped at viewpoints, rode through trees -fun

Ed C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very amazing guides and fun thing to do in the Big Island
Very cultural

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