Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours with Wasabi Tours

Explore the sacred Waipi’o Valley and visit the largest waterfall on the island. 


Summary: Waipi’o Valley is a sacred valley located on the stunning Hamakua Coast. This location on the east side of the island is known as the “Valley of the Kings”, a place of historic significance and also stunning beauty. Experience the valley with a fully guided tour that includes pick up from your Kona or Kohala area hotel. Wasabi tours makes this an easy to experience location with their 4WD vehicle and excellent tour guides.

This is one of the spots on the Big Island we think is truly a can’t miss destination!


Tour Highlights

  • Round-trip transportation from your Kona or Kohala hotel
  • 4WD van into Waipi’o Valley for. a 2 hour tour
  • Visit to Hi’ilawe Falls, the 1300 foot waterfall in Waipi’o Valley
  • Visit Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls
  • Private waterfall swim, weather permitting
  • 12 guests maximum
  • 10-11 hour total tour time
Trip Details

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 you traverse shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna, the 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, you’ll 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.

Tour FAQs

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.

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About Wasabi Tours

Wasabi Tours Hawaii is a locally owned and operated company that has been providing small group guided tours on the Big Island of Hawaii since 2006.  

Using years of experience exploring on this stunning and fascinating island, they selected the most scenic sites and best routes for tours to allow guests not only discover highlights of the island, but also explore off the beaten paths. They strive to create lasting memories for our guests that they will cherish for a lifetime.

They have multilingual guides who can speak English, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish are State of Hawaii certified with years of experience guiding fully narrated tours on the island. They have a wealth of knowledge about the history, cultures, geography, wildlife and botany of Hawaii. Wasabi Tours Hawaii proudly supports the sustainable tourism tenets of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. In accordance with these values, they maintain an ongoing commitment in the areas of environmental preservation, interpretive training for staff, and guest relationship management.

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