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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See three of the Big Island's most famous waterfalls in a single day on this guided tour. Travel along the Hamakua Coast to Akaka Falls, Hi’ilawe Falls, and Rainbow Falls, and swim at a private waterfall. Learn about the history and legends of the island from a guide. Lunch, snacks and hotel transport are included.
  • Full-day tour of the Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Kona and Kohala hotels
  • Snacks, drinks, and lunch included: No need to bring your own
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people: Ensures a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Lunch
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Luxury Mercedes Sprinter Van Transportation
Small-group tour lead by a professional guide
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from all major hotels and resorts in Kona and Kohala Coast. In addition to the locations below,
Starbucks at Queen's Market Place (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738)
Longs Drugs at Keauhou Shopping Center

The supplier will send you a confirmation email with the exact pickup location and time. Please call the supplier if you didn't receive an email.

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
7/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Saturday:06:30 AM - 08:00 AM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Saturday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
There are few more images iconic to Hawaii than a waterfall spilling through the rain forest, and on this scenic Waipio waterfall tour, you 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 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, to explore a part of the Hawaiian Islands that’s known as the Valley of Kings.

Navigate the rugged valley terrain towards the base of Hi’ilawe Falls, and 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 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 get to swim and kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. Next move over to Rainbow Falls, where the angle of light can often create a colorful rainbow in the mist. Descent into an ancient lava cave to learn more about the volcanic processes that continue to shape the Big Island.

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, drop back down towards Kona for a drop off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Parker Ranch
Passing by the Historic Parker Ranch on the way to Waipio Valley
Stop At:  
Waipi'o Valley
Hop into a 4WD vehicle for a fun ride over shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna, our guide will share the stories and legends of this special place while you marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet in the back of the valley.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hiilawe Falls
view this waterfall from distance in the Waipio Valley
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Akaka Falls State Park
In the afternoon, we continue the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering Akaka Falls, which plummets 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kulaniapia Falls
Swim under this 60-foot private waterfall that appeared in several Hollywood movies.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rainbow Falls
View the waterfall from a scenic lookout
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaumana Caves Park
Descent into this ancient lava tube to learn more about the volcanic processes that continue to shape the Big Island.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Saddle Road
Return to hotel via Saddle Road
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not Allowed for Children Under 4 Years Old
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Closed-toe walking shoes are recommended
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Bring swimsuit, towels, and water shoes for private waterfalls
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wasabi Tours Hawaii

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Bring your own rain jacket because the one provided made me sweat!" See review
  • "Make sure to bring walking shoes, because there is a bit of walking, a good amount of stairs, and uphill portions." See review

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Beautiful falls & Amazing views
Laura_B
, Jun 2021
Excellent day! Got to see so many waterfalls! We had an excellent driver and the van was very clean and comfy. Just be prepared for lots of driving. Lunch was good, but we were starving by the time we got back to our hotel.
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Longer time at private falls!
Bob
, Jun 2021
Lots of driving, which makes sense since the island is so large, but you’re in the car longer than you’re at waterfalls. A little disappointed that we were only able to get in the water at the private falls for 30 minutes after driving all day. We had fun, and got to see a lot of the island and some really cool waterfalls, and took some pictures. I wish we got to stay at the private falls longer, that was our favorite part of the tour!! Make sure to bring walking shoes, because there is a bit of walking, a good amount of stairs, and uphill portions.
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Awesome adventurous tour
Zack_Z
, Jun 2021
Derekk was fantastic and the tour couldn't have been more fun. Hr was full of history and facts amd kept the tour moving all day.. Douglas drove us into the valley where he was raised. He was the coolest.. everyone knew him and many were his family. It was a great mix of magnificent views and captivating Hawaiian stories passed down from generation to generatio . We are active throughout a good portion of the day, either In a 4x4 going into the valley, swimming under a waterfall or climbing through a lava tube. This is a fun, fun, fun tour!
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Dreu was wonderful!
Karly_M
, May 2021
This was by far the highlight of our vacation!! Dreu our guide...AMAZING!! He was so knowledgeable, outgoing, energetic, and so very kind and helpful to everyone on the tour! Would absolutely recommend any of his tours, he’s the best!
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Just wonderful
Baerbel_D
, Apr 2021
Overlooking the valley was breathtaking, but going into it...I almost have no words for it. Like it was going back in time and hearing the history of it. Tour guides were amazing. If you really want some insight and see what most tourists don't see, this tour is a must!
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Waipio Valley and Waterfall tour
Liz_O
, Apr 2021
This was an amazing day filled with adventure and beauty. Our Tour guide Derek was very knowledgeable and had a great energy. We also had a great guide Kaleo during the Waipio Valley part of the tour. We are very happy we took this tour because we were able to see so much in one day. The day is long but very much worth it! Definitely Recommend this tour.
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Spectacular!
Krista
, Apr 2021
This was an amazing experience. Dreu was so informative, entertaining, and funny. It's clear that he loves the island and knows so much in depth info about it. My entire group loved the entire tour. Being able to experience Waipio Valley was magical. Kaleo was awesome as our guide and driver in the valley. It was definitely a magical place, and I feel very grateful to have visited it. Swimming in the private waterfall was also really special, and I'm so glad we were able to do that. The waterfalls and lava tube were also gorgeous and fun to see/explore. Thank you for the once and a lifetime experience!
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Waterfalls and Valleys
Barbara_L
, Apr 2021
Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The views of this the waterfalls was wonderful! Going into the Waipio Valley was an adventure. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Wonderful 12 hour Big Island Trip
Rebecca_S
, Feb 2021
Dreu was such an awesome host/driver! He was funny, thoughtful, & very informative!! I wanted to do the horse excursion down into Waipei Valley, but with my husband's sore back, this all day event was a more comfortable option. The lunch was authentic Hawaiian and the sites were incredible, without too much walking. I highly recommend this educational drive, jumping in the water near the waterfall, and the macadamia nut ice cream after the mild 4 wheel drive down into the valley with breathtaking views!
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Great time!!
Margaret_H
, Jan 2021
My husband and I loved riding down into the beautiful Waipio Valley and learning all about its history and vegetation. We enjoyed eating the delicious lunch provided with a view of the ocean. Our tour guide knew just where to stop to get malasadas for desert. The hike down to Akaka Falls was magical. The rainforest and Akaka Falls are awesome. We loved swimming in the private waterfall tour. The cool water was refreshing. We also loved getting to see Rainbow Falls in Hilo and getting to buy some delicious chocolate at the Hilo Candy Factory. Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about The Big Island!
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