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

  • 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
Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls
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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls
USD 186.46
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (116)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great day out

Thank you to our guide Dru for a great day out. Fantastic scenery and non stop informative commentary. Had previously done trips in 2015 to the southern half of the island for the volcano national park and a circle tour as well to get an...More

2  Thank Bang4Bucks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Wonderful and Beautiful Day Trip

On September 24th we were picked up at our hotel approximately 8am. Our driver was Keith. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and an excellent guide for our island adventure. We traveled across the Island through the cattle ranch area of Parker Ranch to the tropical...More

1  Thank Palacerat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the short walk if you do the circle walk you actually see another waterfall and wonderfull foliage.

Thank Janice N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful experience!!

This was a great tour! Thank you so much, Kala & Chris, they were wonderful! Our tour guide Kala was so professional, knowledgeable and informative. I can not believe all I learned on this tour I am still amazed! If you are visiting Hawaii you...More

Thank maryezaher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful waterfall tour Dreu Basaladua

We had Dreu as a guide. He was both professional and pleasant. He was on time. Very informative. We had a beautiful day. I do not know how we could have made the day any better. All of the falls and other sights we. Isited...More

1  Thank Roving769491
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Wasabi Tours phone number is (808) 238-5222 according to Google.
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Response from Justin K | Reviewed this property |
Was suppose to be like 9 hours but turned into 12. It was a great tour. Make sure to ask for Chris!!!
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