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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley

Highway 240, Honokaa, 96727

The Basics

Known for its rich history and its natural beauty alike, the “Valley of the Kings” offers experiences for just about every type of traveler. Ride ATVs while learning about the valley’s lore, snap photos from the Waipio Valley Lookout, soar above 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs in a helicopter, or spend the day visiting some of Hawaii’s most famous waterfalls, including the towering Hi’ilawe Falls.

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Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
$218.85 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must do adventure
Our guides Drue was very informative. The 4 wheel trip into the Waipio Valley had great scenery and Douglas very knowledgeable. Having the opportunity to feed wild horses was unique. Beautiful waterfalls and the ability to swim or canoe at the base of a private waterfall was wonderful. A must do adventure.
Jim_J, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Beautiful falls & Amazing views
Laura_B, Jun 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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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Rural Hawaii adventure
Eunice_R, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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.
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A day of adventure on the big island.
Jason_M, Nov 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Waterfall tour with #wasabitourshawaii was a fantastic day. Thanks to Dreu, a great guide! His commentary and insight for the big island was legendary. We explored waterfalls and toured the island with Drue. His knowledge and history of Hawaii was shared and made the experience very enjoyable. Seeing the falls in a guided tour made the experience so much more incredible. If you want to see the island and visit the many waterfalls, this is just the tour for you and your family.
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Beautiful and informative
Ken_D, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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!
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An Absolute Must, with a Fantastic Tour Guide
Derek_K, Nov 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Our tour guide, Dreu, was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgable and well-spoken. It was truly a treat to tour all of these beautiful locations on Big Island. Anyone looking to view some of the most beautiful scenery on earth should take this tour and request Dreu as your guide!
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Awesome
Robert_S, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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
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A day full of fun and adventure.
Kathleen_S, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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.
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Breath Taking Valley tour
James_W, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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.
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Lifetime Experience
John_B, Aug 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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!
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Mahalo, Drue! You made this tour a trip to remember.
Ann_L, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
The whole trip was memorable from the moment we were picked up by Drue (we were first to be picked up) to the moment we were dropped off. The Valley of Kings with Douglas where he shared his knowledge of history, vegetation, residents. Not just anyone can make the drive down and back up. Drue knows it all and is an amazing person and very animated presenter. The day was perfect in every way. We were able to take advantage of every opportunity described, swimming in the private falls, hiking through the lava tube, lunching at a lovely art shop where Drue described everything we were eating. Be prepared to enjoy a long day where Drue will amaze.
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Waipio Valley and Waterfall tour
Liz_O, Apr 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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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Very enjoyable tour.
Paula_P, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
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.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waipio Valley is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, or first-time visitors to the island.

  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • Don’t attempt to drive a rental car into the valley; the road is extremely steep and many rental agreements prohibit it.

  • Hiking down to the black-sand beach requires a high level of physical fitness, but anyone can enjoy the views from the Waipio Valley Lookout.

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How to Get There

The stunning Waipio Valley is located on the Big Island’s northern Hamakua Coast. The roads here are notoriously steep and should only be accessed by four-wheel drive, horseback, or organized tour (from Kukuihaele).

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When to Get There

Since the views are one of the biggest draws, plan to visit on a clear, sunny day. November is the wettest month on the Big Island, and rain tends to impact how much of the valley is visible. Organized tours typically don’t run on Sundays.

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Sacred, Mythical, Historical Waipio Valley

The Waipio Valley was once the home of many of Hawaii’s past rulers, and has great sacred and mythical significance. It was here where Kamehameha the Great (the first ruler of a unified Kingdom of Hawaii) was proclaimed the future ruler of the islands by Kakailimoku (a Hawaiian god). It’s also the site of several important Hawaiian temples, or heiaus.

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