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Waipio Lookout and Waterfall Tour

Location: Kona, Big Island

Journey along the Hamakua Coast during the Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tour, a full day of exploration on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This adventure combines the awe-inspiring beauty of Hawaii’s lush landscapes with the excitement of swimming in private waterfalls and visiting iconic locales. From the majestic Waipio Valley Lookout to the stunning Akaka Falls, you'll experience the island’s diverse natural splendor. Your knowledgeable guide will enhance the journey with fascinating stories of the island's history and legends. Perfect for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike, this tour offers an unrivaled opportunity to immerse yourself in Hawaii's tropical paradise.

What to Expect

After pick up in Kona and Kohala area hotels, your day starts with a driving through the rolling green hills of Waimea and the historic Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest cattle ranches in the United States, where sprawling pastures and a rich paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage paint a unique picture of Hawaii's diverse cultural tapestry.

Your first stop is the breathtaking Waipio Valley Lookout (no descent into the valley), where the panoramic view spans from towering sea cliffs to a pristine, mile-long black sand beach, encapsulating the untamed beauty of Hawaii's landscape. Learn how the legendary King Kamehameha spent part of his youth in Waipio Valley, where he was trained in the ways of ancient Hawaiian warfare and leadership. This training played a crucial role in his development as a formidable warrior and a unifying leader of the Hawaiian Islands.

Next, we travel down the scenic Hamakua Coast to experience the enormous power of nature at Akaka Falls, where water cascades 442 feet down into a lush tropical gorge capturing the essence of Hawaii's natural beauty along the Hamakua Coast.

We then continue on to traverse the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, a verdant valley of over 2000 species of tropical plants. Explore nature trails, cross streams, and enjoy ocean vistas. This Garden is often described as a living tapestry of Hawaiian flora, echoing the islands' deep respect for nature and its spiritual connection to the land.

In the afternoon, enjoying a refreshing cool off with a swim under the Kulaniapia private Waterfall. As you approach the 120-foot-tall cascading falls, the sound of rushing water creates a natural symphony, inviting you to a refreshing swim. The cool, crystal-clear waters, surrounded by lush greenery, offer a tranquil escape from the world above.

After that, we head through Historic Hilo Town to marvel at the enchanting Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot wonder where a kaleidoscope of colors dances in the mist against a backdrop of a majestic banyan tree. This natural marvel is steeped in Hawaiian folklore, said to be the home of Hina, the moon goddess, adding a mystical allure to its already breathtaking beauty.

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 active volcano Mauna Loa, offering spectacular views.


  • Kona and Kohala transportation
  • Local style picnic lunch (teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables, rice)
  • Assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water
  • Swim at a 120ft private waterfall
  • Bottled water and juices
  • All park entrance fees
  • Mosquito repellent and rain gear
  • Tour down the Hamakua Coastline and Hilo
  • Visit Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls in Hilo
  • Small group experience (max 13 guests)


  • Please bring a swimsuit
  • Wear comfortable summer clothing
  • Covered walking shoes are recommended.
  • Moderate hiking ability for short distance.
  • Suitable for ages 5 and older


10 hours


Pick up from all Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala Resorts

Cancellation Policy

Full price will be charged for cancellations and “no shows” unless we receive prior notice as follows: One to five guests – 24 hours; Six or more guests – 48 hours; Private charters – 72 hours.

Please be advised that we do require a minimum number of four participants on all of our tours. Although your booking has been created, the tour may be canceled due to low participation in the rare event. We will attempt to contact you and give advanced warning to any possible tour changes or cancellations.

All tours canceled due to low participation are eligible for a full refund at the time of cancellation. In the event a tour must be canceled, we are happy to offer different times or dates that will confirm the excursion will take place.