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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Luxury Mercedes Sprinter Van Transportation
Small-group tour lead by a professional guide

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 ( 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste H Kailua Kona, HI 96740)

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.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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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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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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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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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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Rural Hawaii adventure
, Oct 2021
Riding the 4 wheel drive van down the winding steep road was an adventure. Waipio valley was extremely beautiful. Guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. The van was comfortable and itinerary was perfect.
Beautiful and informative
, Oct 2021
The beauty of the island is brought out so well in this tour. But the guides made it that much better. We were lucky enough to have one of the top rated guides, Drew, to pass on the history and the beauty. Our guide down into Waipio valley was equally great. He was born and raised in the valley so he knew everything there is to know about the valley. I would highly recommend this trip!
Very enjoyable tour.
, Oct 2021
We had a great time on this tour. Alana and Drew were very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed this trip immensely. The only thing that was a detriment was the weather which had a light rain off and on all day, this was nothing they could control. But they made the best of it by doing some alternate things such as going to the farmers market where they have the best fruit.. We would highly recommend this excursion for the beauty of this part of Hawaii and the knowlege that was obtained by these two very entertaining tour guides.
, Sep 2021
We love every part of our day it was awesome I would recommend this to anyone it was well worth the money Thank You Derek for making our trip so much fun
A day full of fun and adventure.
, Sep 2021
The most exciting part of this tour was when Dreu took us to a private waterfalls and we could swim, kayak and water board in the pond below. DREU was an excellent tour guide very informative, knowledgeable and friendly. As the tour was a whole day affair he kept everyone engaged. I would definitely take another tour with Dreu.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Breath Taking Valley tour
, Sep 2021
It’s like a rainforest valley, waterfalls with breath taking views, this tour is great for anyone. We learned something from our energetic tour guide Dreu. He is humorous and we can feel his passion- he loves the island and his job.
Lifetime Experience
, Aug 2021
Amazing trip to Hilo side of Big Island! Definitely beautiful on so many levels and quite an adventure! It is a long day so rest up! Snacks/water provided. Bring your poncho or rain jacket as the valley gets wet and rainy! Hiking sandals with straps work best in my opinion. Derek did a great job guiding us! The guy who took us down the mountain in 4X4 van was awesome story teller! Highly recommend if you have the time!
Beautiful falls & Amazing views
, 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.
Longer time at private falls!
, 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.
Awesome adventurous tour
, 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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