Big Island Waterfalls Tour
- Pickup at Kona and Waikoloa resorts
- Stops at Waipio Valley Overlook and Akaka Falls
- Swim at a private 120' tall waterfall
- Nice lunch included in tour
The Big Island Waterfalls Tour explores the lush Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley overlook, 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 journey begins as you pass the serene Waimea town and Parker Ranch, through the quaint town of Honoka'a, and stop at the famous overlook of majestic Waipio Valley.
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. You will also stop to explore the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, a spectacular nature preserve with over 2000 species of exotic plant life and cascading waterfalls to enjoy.
The highlight of the day is the stop at Kulaniapia Falls, a 120' privately owned waterfall where guests can swim in the giant natural pool at its base on MOST days. We say MOST days because swimming is based upon water levels ... sometimes after heavy rains the river is raging and while it is impressive to see this spectacle, it is not safe to enter the water. Your guide will make this call based upon current conditions.
You will 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. In November of 2022 Mauna Loa volcano unleashed a new flow that stopped just short of this road, and from a distance you will see the youngest Mauna Loa flow and its path down the slope of the mountain.
Big Island Waterfalls Tour Rate (WASA5)
$249.00 per Adult, $239.00 per Child (12 and under) (plus 4.712% Hawaii sales tax)
Schedule: This tour is regularly held each week on Mondays. For parties of 6 or more who would like to go on a different day, we are often able to start a new tour on Tuesday through Sunday based upon the size of your group. Pickups are between 7:00am and 8:30am, with return between 5:00pm and 6:00pm.
Maximum Group Size: 13 guests per vehicle
Pickup: Available from all resorts and hotels in Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala area. Actual pick up and return time vary depending on hotel location.
Tour Vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter Van or Minivan.
What to Wear: Wear comfortable clothing in layers as temperatures vary from warm to cool. Covered walking shoes are recommended. Bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim.
Tour Includes: Gourmet lunch (grilled fish, teriyaki chicken, steamed white rice, edamame, beverages and snacks). Umbrellas and jackets available also.
Restrictions: Because this is a long tour, the minimum recommended age is 5.
Reservations: Advanced reservations required and we recommend booking this a month or more before your arrival. This event is "RESERVE NOW PAY LATER"; we need a credit card on file to finalize your reservation but we do not charge you for your space until a few days before the beginning of your vacation!
Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: At least 48 hours before the start of the event.
Kevin's Activity Tips:
EVERYBODY loves waterfalls, and this full-day adventure gives you the opportunity to view majestic Waipio Valley, the gorgeous Hamakua Coast and some of the most amazing waterfalls you will ever see!
This is a F U L L – D A Y excursion. Plan on being out from about 7:00am to about 5pm. The tour is limited to 13 people, so you can be sure to get a personalized experience. Umbrellas and rain jackets are provided if they are needed, but you are welcome to bring your own. Wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes that get good traction. The hiking is easy on this tour, and no more than a half a mile at a time, but it can be slippery and there is some uneven terrain. We recommend bringing a light jacket, hoodie or sweater for warmth as temperatures can fluctuate throughout the tour.
This tour is regularly scheduled to operate every week on Mondays, with additional dates added based upon demand. If you are a party of 6 or more, call us at 1-808-876-7777 and we may be able to start a new tour on your selected date ... if you are planning ahead and giving us a few week's notice.