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

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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.

Amaury A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Awesome tour very informative our tour guide Kawika was the best, waterfalls were beautiful, had a wonderful time at the private waterfall was given 30 mins to spend their, lunch was healthy and delicious. Guide for valley tour is different his name was Douglas also great, the island is very beautiful and full of culture both our tour guides were awesome at giving us quick but informative rundown on the history and culture as we went through the tour. Definitely a must do!

Rebecca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

What an amazing adventure! Jonathan our guide was wonderful- friendly, knowledgeable and all around great! His stories of the island and historical knowledge really helped to understand what we were seeing and allowed the group to see the island through the eyes of how it used to be: Top notch, I highly recommend taking this tour!

Judi P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Dominic made this a wonderful and informative trip!

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This was not just a sightseeing tour, it was a journey into the heart of the Hawaiian people. Our guide, Kolaa, please forgive if I misspelled was young and at first impression far too practiced. But as we traversed the primal Hawaiian landscape, he unveiled with unexpected wisdom, and a depth of passion only found when one is connected to the land as he is, secrets of the Hawaiian culture and heritage. We truly had no expectations other than to see a few island landscapes not ventured on previous trips, but this was an adventure extraordinaire with this interesting savant as our interpreter. Do not expect to be taken on drive-bys of purged and plumaged tourista attractions. Instead, try to empathize with a history of cultural and ecological interference and dominance, all related without malice but rather as historical fact. Not only were we enlightened to these waves of ways in which the Islands have changed, but we were treated to the stories, the myths, and the rich heritage of the Hawaiian culture. He also treated us to demonstrations of useful and medicinal plants and explained how, with careful planning, one could live completely self-sufficiently on this beautiful, mysterious and volatile rock. I could see how our young guide lived the Hawaiian way his reference to his family was always so tender and sincere. I would especially recommend our guide and this adventure to those who have an interest in anything ecologically related to the Islands. He has a depth of knowledge that you will find challenging and insightful.

Anne Katharina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This tour was just great.Our tour guide Marcus was one of the best tour guides I ever had.He gives lots of information about the Island and everything else you want to know.Lunch was very good as well.The hotel pick up and drop off worked without any problems.Although it and #39;s a long day its worth it!

Stephen P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Great tour and great guide. Well paced tour with enough time at each stop. Marcus was very knowledgeable and kept everyone engaged during the tour. The bento box lunch was tasty, we really enjoyed the tour. Highly recommended.

Gail V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Guide was very knowledgeable able the island and took great cate of us. The small group size made for a quality experience.

cielle92

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

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

Thomas S United States of ... 

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

Jabtekmom

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

The guides were great and very knowledgeable. Long time in the van. OK Farms didn't work out as well and probably could have been omitted to allow for more time at Rainbow Falls. Lunch was good.

Foteini K

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2016

The tour is worth been taken as one cannot visit easily by himself the WAipio Valley, and to me it was the most impressive point of the Big Island. The Akaka Falls were not visible due to rain and fog...

gsracer58

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Beautiful and enjoyable, with the opportunity to see the rain forest side of Hawaii. The only problem we had was the expectation that people sit in the far rear seats on the right and left over the wheel wells of your vans. No way should anyone be expected to sit with their knees crunched up in their chest for this 8 hour tour. Suggest you NOT book the trip so full that anyone would be expected to sit in these rear right and left seats. Had the front seat not been available, we would not have gone on the tour and insisted our money be refunded.

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