Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour




Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour

Duration 9.5 Hours

Adults 13+ $199
Children Ages 12 and under $179



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 a picnic-style 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 under Kulaniapia private waterfall to cool down and relax. In Hilo, you will visit the 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.

Highlights
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, and view the famous Rainbow Falls in Hilo
Swim under 60-foot tall Kulaniapia private waterfall that appeared in several Hollywood movies
Descent into the ancient Kaumana lava cave to learn more about the volcanic processes that continue to shape the Big Island.

Pick up location and Time
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 pickup times vary depending on location. Tour duration is around 9.5 hours

What to bring and wear
Bring a swimsuit, wear comfortable summer clothing. Covered walking shoes are recommended.

Group Size: Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 guests per vehicle

Tour difficulty: Easy hiking over short distance. Ages 5 and older are recommended.

Included in the tour: 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.

Cancellation Policy: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.

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 2 hours inside the valley. This includes a fun ride in a four-wheel drive van.

 

Frequently asked questions

What should I wear on one of your tours?

Closed toed shoes are required and a light jacket is recommended.

 

Where do you pick up for your tours?

We pick up our guests from all major resorts and hotels between Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, Mauna Lani, and Hapuna area. For Histroic Kona Tour, we can pick up from Kona Pier. In certain cases we will pick you up from a nearby, easily identifiable establishment. Kona Airport pick up for Circle Island Tour and Twilight Volcano Tour may be available upon request.

Can I island hop to do your tour and return the same day?

Yes, we can pick up and drop off at Kona Airport for the Circle Island Tour. Please arrive airport by 7 am and depart after 8:30 pm.

What is the group size on your tours?

Our small group tours range from 4 to 10 guests. We take up to 14 guests for private or custom tours per vehicle. If you have a larger group we can provide multiple vehicles and guides.

How much hiking should I expect to do on your tours?

Our tours include light to moderate hikes throughout the day. Short hikes of .5 miles (.8 km) up to one mile (1.6 km) are common. Be sure to check our FAQ page specific to each tour we offer for more information!

Our your tours child/senior/disabled friendly?

Yes they are. However we don’t recommend our tours for very young children (i.e. < 5yrs old) or those with serious mobility ailments. Our tour vehicles are not equipped with a wheel chair lift, but do have plenty of storage space for a collapsible wheelchair and have low steps making them easy to board.

Are meals provided on your tours?

We provide local style lunch for all of our tours, made fresh daily at our commercial kitchen. It includes teriyaki chicken, local fish , sweet purple potato, and white rice. Dinner on Twilight Volcano Tour will be served at either Lava Rock Cafe or Kilauea Lodge near Volcanoes National Park with selected entrees. We can accommodate most dietary needs with advanced notice!

 

 

How far in advance should i book my tour?

We provide local style lunch for all of our tours, made fresh daily at our commercial kitchen. It includes teriyaki chicken, local fish , sweet purple potato, and white rice. Dinner on Twilight Volcano Tour will be served at either Lava Rock Cafe or Kilauea Lodge near Volcanoes National Park with selected entrees. We can accommodate most dietary needs with advanced notice!

Our Twilight Volcano Tour and Circle Island Tour run daily. Waipio Valley Tour is unavailable on Sundays, and the Historic Kona & Coffee Tour is unavailable on weekends.

We highly recommend booking your tour in advance. Some of our more popular tours sell out days in advance and other tours are sold on demand. Booking early means you get to do the tour you want on the day you want.

 

 

Will the tour be cancelled if it rains?

Our tours will operate in wet weather. Rain is common in certain areas of the island which is why we always provide rain gear for your convenience. We only cancel when weather makes transportation hazardous and/or there are road closures.

 

 

WIll I see lava on any of the tours?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Is it customary to tip my guide?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a guide. Was your guide friendly, attentive and accommodating? Did he or she provide a well informed and enjoyable experience? Was the overall tour operated safely and comfortably?

What if I need to cancel my tour?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a guide. Was your guide friendly, attentive and accommodating? Did he or she provide a well informed and enjoyable experience? Was the overall tour operated safely and comfortably?

We require at least 24 hours notice for groups of one to five guests, 48 hours for groups of six or more, and 72 hours for private/custom tours for a full refund. “No-shows” will be charged full price – so give us a call and we’ll do our best to work it out to win-win.




Barbara B wrote a review Apr 16
2021
 
Our Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour was fantastic. One of the best tours I have ever taken. The agenda was great, we were picked up at a convenient location, and the timeframe was perfect. We were able to see the wonderful Waipio Valley which was stunning, we learned about the traditions and reverence of the wonderful Big Island of Hawaii, had a very tasty lunch, were impressed by the beauty of the waterfalls, and experienced the thrill of exploring a volcano tube. The best part of the tour, by far, was our amazing tour guide, Dreu Basaidua. He was prompt, courteous, informative, knowledgeable, understanding, helpful, and provided the best experience during this tour. We learned so much from him, enjoyed all of his stories, appreciated the kindness he showed for our family, and loved his appreciation of and love for the Big Island. I will ALWAYS request Dreu when scheduling Big Island tours. He is now part of our family!!
 
 

 
John T wrote a review Apr 15, 2021
Virginia
 
This tour was absolutely amazing! The van was very spacious and very clean. Our tour guide Dreu was awesome! He took us to so many sights and seen about 12 waterfalls and a lava tube among other awesome sights along the way! And Dreu was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and just a awesome experience all around. I highly recommend this tour and especially recommend asking for Dreu.