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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
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Luxury Mercedes Sprinter Van Transportation
Small-group tour lead by a professional guide

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022
Monday - Saturday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
6/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
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) Foodland Farms at The Shops at Mauna Lani ( 1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, HI 96743 ) 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.
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
This 80-foot falls plunge over a natural lava cave and into the Wailuku River below. On a sunny day, rainbows appear in the mist of the falls, making for a magical view.
Duration: 20 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: 25 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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  • "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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Awesome trip!
, Feb 2022
We had a really good time with our tour guide Dreu. He is energetic and funny. The valley’s view is stunning. We saw several wild horses there and they came very close to the van that we could touch them. And we were lucky to go swimming in the waterfall lake. Dreu also guided us to walk through the lava tube. It’s a rocky path and some exciting adventure to walk in the tube.
The Valley was a...
, Jan 2022
The Valley was a favorite. Derek was a very knowledgeable and fun guide and a great driver. The lava tunes and waterfalls were great to see and explore.
, Dec 2021
Drew was cool! We had a great time experiencing the big island while visiting Hawaii. You will get your money’s worth here
2 travelers found this review helpful
Amazing tour of valley, waterfalls and Lava tube
, Dec 2021
So much is packed into this all day trip! I am very impressed with this full day tour from the ease of booking, to the communications and Follow-up emails to accurate on time pickup. Drue our tour guide is simply the best a person could ask for! So fun, informative and really made sure each person was having their best time! Highly recommend this tour and especially if you get Drue. His attention to detail really made the trip!
Waipio Valley and Rain...
, Dec 2021
Waipio Valley and Rain Forest were amazing. All waterfalls were spectacular! Being senior citizens a couple of the stops were a little more strenuous, so sat them out, but did not feel like we missed out at all. Our guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. It was a great experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The adventure tour you’re looking for
, Dec 2021
I booked this trip months ago and forgot all of the details aside from heading into the valley, so I was pleasantly surprised by all the extras! I would say the highlights of this trip are definitely the valley, the private waterfall and the lava cave. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Derrick was our tour guide and he was amazing. He really loves the job and places we visited just as much as we did. He gave us a ton of information about the landscape of the island and answered any questions we had about it. I would say that it is a VERY long tour so be prepared to be out the entire day. You will go from the Kona side all hehe way to the Hilo side and back! Plenty of food and bathroom break opportunities. Also they were awesome in accommodating vegetarian diets.
, Dec 2021
Dreu was a winderful guide informative energetic and entertaining. The drive to the valley floor is not to be missed!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Really great tour!
, Dec 2021
This tour was so much fun with fantastic scenery and shopping! The 4 wheel van ride down into Waipio Valley was fun partly because of our driver, Kaleo, and his stories about growing up in the valley and because of the road itself! Fantastic scenery, wild horses, the waterfalls and all the wonderful vegetation made it a great experience! The main tour guide, Derek, was quite a character and his stories and humor made the day fly by. He was very helpful with answers to questions and shared a lot of information throughout the tour. The waterfalls were a fantastic high point. It was a really great tour!
Great excursion a must do
, Dec 2021
Drew is an excellent tour guide he made the whole experience so good. He is very knowledgable with the area besides being very entertaining and helpful. We totally enjoyed thhe whole trip excellent. Kathie & Jerry
Mahalo, Drue! You made this tour a trip to remember.
, Dec 2021
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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