• Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a Hilo fruit farm
  • Swim at a private waterfall (weather permitting) along Hamakua Coast
  • 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.

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. If weather permits, you will get to swim and kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. 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 a tropical fruit farm in Hilo where guests can sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts.

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

Donnnell J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Both tour guides weee amazing. It was well worth the money. I would Never have been able to drive Waipio valley and the information and history were so Rich. I highly Recommend rhis tour.

patbackstrom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide Drew as fantastic. His knowledge of the island, water falls, flora and fauna was extensive and he was willing to share. His sense of humour kept us alert. The water falls were beautiful even though the weather was a bit drizzly. The Waipio was also fantastic and we learned a lot while we went through rivers and streams seeing the beauty of it. A must for everyone

Tanya R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Tour Guide Mitch was very knowledgeable and a great guide. The tour was very well worth it.

Cathy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I loved this tour! Both guides were engaging and knowledgeable and made the experience really enjoyable! The Waipio Valley is a true slice of heaven on earth and should not be missed!

Charlotte C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour. We not only saw dozens of waterfalls and got to swim in one, we also stopped at a fruit farm where we saw and sampled many different fruits and spices. We also took an adventurous trip down into Waipio Valley that was was absolutely beautiful. This trip really offers a wide variety of activities and takes you deep into many different parts of the Big Island.

Douglas N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Well done!

Joseph J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing!

Laurie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Great guide, beautiful visit, and thoroughly enjoyed the OK Farm. The Waipio Valley was a thrilling ride. You could pretend to be riding in a all-terrain vehicle in Jurassic Park

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Wonderful tour of the Big Island. Our tour guide Kala was very professional and as a native knew the history and culture of Hawaii. Kala knew the island like it was his backyard. He accommodated all passengers according to their needs. We had about 12 in our group. My wife could not walk well do to recent knee issue, but that was not a problem. We viewed 4 of the major falls and went in many neat areas that were private and not open to most tours. If you want to know the real Hawaii and enjoy it better, take this tour and ask for Kala Holiday. The tour company that Viator used was Wasabi Int.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great tour. If you're looking to compliment a volcano tour or just something different this is a great choice.

Pace was good, tour guide was involved, small bus, etc...

You'll definantly want to book this or another tour that actually goes down in to Waipio valley not just the viewing spot. Note the waipio valley part is in a seperate van from the rest of the day and with a local guide ours grew up in the valley. Note that the ride down/up isn't the only attraction, the road in the valley has several water crossings. The valley trip can be quite bumpy so just a warning.

The private waterfall was ok, however akaka is more impressive. no one in our group opted to go swimming but was a good stop anyway.

The stop at OK farms was as unexpected highlight, it is a farm that happens to give tours not a tourist trap. We had a tour of parts of it from one of the employees which was really great, got to see the mandatory macadamia trees however the spice trees were an unexpected suprise. I think everyone in our group enjoyed this stop so much so that our guide needed to get us going as we were spending more time than expected there.

Also of note the lunch provided by this operator was excellent, it's the best of any tour company I've ever seen.

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