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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
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.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been on several tours on my travels. Wasabi Tours was by far the best. The van was very comfortable; the spots we stopped were beautiful; the food was delicious and not just a sandwich (rice, veggies and tofu for the vegetarians far better...More

Thank DobFoster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Definitely worth it

My wife and I really enjoyed the many places we visited and the extensive commentary by our guide, Dreu Basaldua. Several of the places we visited were not open to the public including the Waipi’o Valley, which we saw from the valley floor, not just...More

1  Thank Alan S
Reviewed 1 week ago
OUTSTANDING tour & Guide!!

Dreu Basaldua was the company guide, a very knowledgeable and energetic individual! Not only gave great information and historical facts but, kept it light and entertaining alas well. This tour is one that you definitely need good walking shoes, bring a swimsuit/towel, and a good...More

1  Thank kshetland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Waipio Valley is magical!!

What a wonderful day full of waterfalls! Dreu Basaldua was our tour guide and he was great! Highlights were swimming in a real waterfall and driving down into the valley of Waipio! Wild horses, rivers, streams, waterfalls and our Waipio guide Heelee (spelling?) was fantastic!...More

2  Thank Danielle W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Memorable tour

We really enjoyed this tour! We've been to the Big Island several times, but this tour gave us a different perspective. We learned so much more compared to exploring in a rental car. We enjoy that too, but having a knowledgeable guide really helps. Speaking...More

1  Thank monsterrancher
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Wasabi Tours phone number is (808) 238-5222 according to Google.
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It's an all day adventure. Chris picked us up at 8am at our place in Waikoloa and dropped us off at 7pm. Everyone on the tour wanted to stop at Tex's for malasadas, so that added time. But it was worth it! Tex's is very well... More
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