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Amazing Waterfall Canyoneering Experience!

Umauma Waterfall Rappelling


  • Multiple rappelling opportunities with swimming
  • Spectacul;ar canyon with multiple waterfalls
  • Guests must be able to swim
  • Minimum age 10, minimum weight 70 pounds and maximum weight 250 pounds


Hawaii's first true canyoneering tour! This is the perfect vacation activity for adventure seekers who like a more immersive experience. Come face to face with the magic and beauty of the Umauma River on this tour. Rappel down the famous Triple-Tier waterfalls, swim, or float in river tubes. All gear is provided and no experience is necessary. This is a family-friendly experience geared for the adventurous traveler.

Start your day with a training and safety briefing from our team of certified guides before embarking on an adventure like no other! An initial training rappel into the river valley lands you on a ledge next to a 60-foot waterfall. After a moment to take in the view, continue 40 feet further strait into the Umauma River. Once in the river, use specialized canyoneering techniques taught by your guides to navigate around 4 more waterfalls, floating the pools between as the Umauma River descends towards the ocean.


Umauma Waterfall Rappellingg and River Experience Rate (IMG1)

$399.00 per Participant (age 10+)   (plus 4.712% Hawaii sales tax)


GPS Address: 31-313 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau, HI 96710 Click to view map


Schedule: Monday through Saturday at 9:30am and 1:00pm

Checkin: At the Umauma Visitor Center. Drive time from From Hilo 30 minutes. From Waimea / Kamuela 70 minutes. From Waikoloa Beach 1 hour and 45 minutes. From Kailua-Kona 2.5 hours.

Duration: About 4 hours

Tour Includes: Wetsuits, water shoes, and all the necessary top of the line rappelling safety gear.

What to Wear: Swim clothes you can wear under a wetsuit, a towel and a change of clothes for after the tour. Do not use sunscreen or mosquito repellent, because it won't be necessary since you will be wearing a full body wetsuit.

Restrictions: Minimum age is 10. Minimum weight is 70 pounds, and maximum weight is 250 pounds. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one who is pregnant, has any serious medical conditions, a history of neck or back injuries, or heart problems may participate.

Reservations: Advanced reservations required and we recommend booking this a month or more before your arrival. A credit card is required to secure your space and the Umauma Experience will charge your credit card when your space is confirmed.

Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: At least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Weather Policy: Tours run rain or shine as this area gets frequent light showers.

Kevin at Falls

Kevin's Activity Tips:

The Umauma river canyon is just spectacular, and very few travelers get to experience this place in such an immersive way! This is really the most adventurous and thrilling activity offered on the island. It's pricey, but provides a VERY memorable vacation experience.

Rappelling is not a difficult thing to learn. It is more of a MENTAL challenge than a physical one. It does not require upper body strength and the use of the gear is pretty simple. While you are on rappel you will be belayed by a guide at all times for safety.

How exactly is "Umauma" pronounced? Locals have debated this for ages. Some people say "OOO-mah OOO-mah" and others say "ooo-MAU-ma." The best pronunciation may be more like "ooo-MAH-ooo-mah." The Hawaiian word UMA means "curved" and the Hawaiian word UMAUMA means "breast" and is probably a reference to the water in the stream being chest-deep if you were trying to cross it. Either way you want to say it is fine.