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The Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour explores the lush Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley, and waterfalls on the east side of the Big Island. This full day of adventure departs from Kona and Kohala Coast resorts. You will experience some of the most breathtaking valleys and waterfalls, and see rare and exotic plants and wildlife, some can only be found on the Big Island! A knowledgeable certified local guide will teach you about the rich history, cultures, folklore, geography and much more during this guided small group tour.
The tour begins as you pass the serene Waimea town and Parker Ranch then you will switch to a four-wheel drive van to descend into majestic Waipio Valley. Stories and legends will be shared, as the tour traverses through shallow river streams and passes by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna. Marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet in the back of the valley. You may visit the picturesque mile long black sand beach before heading back up to Waipio Valley lookout. Look out to the stunning views as you enjoy gourmet lunch.
In the afternoon, the tour continues the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering Akaka Falls, which plummets 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. In Hilo, you will stop at the amazing Rainbow Falls and a giant banyan tree. If time permits, the tour will make a stop at Hilo Farmer’s market for you to experience the local produce and culture. You return to the Kona or Kohala Coast resorts via Saddle Road, which is nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea, and world’s most massive mountain Mauna Loa.