10 hrs
All Ages
Minimum Age
Big Island

Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour

Explore majestic Waipio Valley, gorgeous Hamakua Coast, and multiple stunning waterfalls on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii on this full day of fun and exciting adventure.

Discover the island’s diverse natural beauty, including multiple waterfalls, lush rain forests, and rugged sea cliffs as your guide shares history and legends.

After pick up in Kona and Kohala area hotels, head toward Waipio Valley while passing through Waimea and Parker Ranch, before switching to a 4WD van to descend into majestic Waipio Valley. As we traverse 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. Marvel the rugged sea cliffs and mile-long black sand beach as you head back to Waipio Valley lookout for the stunning views as you enjoy gourmet lunch.

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. If weather permits, you will get to swim or kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. In Hilo, our guide will take you on a tour of a tropical fruit farm as you sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts at a private lookout overlooking world-famous Rainbow Falls.  The adventure ends with the return to Kona or Kohala Coast resorts via Saddle Road nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea, and the world’s most massive mountain.

  • Explore the rarely visited and sacred Waipio Valley and see the tallest waterfall on the island
  • Descend down the steep road and cross streams in a 4WD vehicle for a fun and adventurous ride in Waipio Valley
  • Walk through a rainforest and discover the towering Akaka Falls that plummets into a stream-eroded gorge
  • Swim under a 60-foot private waterfall that appeared in several Hollywood movies
  • Discover native flora and fauna and learn about the legend and history of Hawaii from knowledgeable tour guides
  • Visit a private tropical fruit farm to see and sample seasonal fruit, fresh macadamia nuts, and Hawaiian coffee

Waipio Waterfalls Tour


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 74-581 Honokohau St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Tour departs daily except Sunday. We pick up from all resorts and hotels in Keahou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala area between 7 am to 8 am. Actual pick up time vary depending on location. Tour duration is around 9.5 hours

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
WHAT TO BRING Bring a swimsuit, wear comfortable summer clothing. Covered walking shoes are recommended.
WHATS INCLUDED Bento lunch consists of teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables, and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water. In addition, all park entrance fees, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and rain gear.
Full price will be charged for cancellations and “no shows” unless we receive prior notice as follows: One to five guests – 24 hours; Six or more guests – 48 hours; Private charters – 72 hours.
Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour
Ages 12 and under

This adventure is operated by Wasabi Tours

How much hiking do we do?
A: There are some short and easy hikes of no more than 0.5 miles throughout the tour.

Will we get to swim in the waterfalls?
A: Yes, if weather permits you can swim at a private waterfall on this tour.

How long do we spend in the Waipio Valley?
A: You will spend around 1.5-2 hours inside the valley. This includes a fun ride in a four-wheel-drive van.