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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls

  • Full-day tour of the Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast
  • Be wowed by three stunning Big Island waterfalls: Hiilawe Falls, Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls
  • Sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a Hilo fruit farm
Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls
From US$186.46
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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls
From US$186.46
With this scenic Waipio waterfall tour, you'll spend the day scouring the Hamakua Coast for the Big Island’s famous waterfalls, including Akaka Falls, Hi’ilawe Falls, and Rainbow Falls. You'll also sample seasonal fruit and macadamia nuts at a fruit farm in Hilo, swim at a private waterfall (weather permitting), and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Kona between Hawaii’s tallest mountains.
What to Expect
There are few more images iconic to Hawaii than a waterfall spilling through the rainforest, and on this scenic Waipio waterfall tour, you’ll have the chance to view some of the best, most famous waterfalls in Hawaii. 
The tour begins when you’re picked up directly from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, where you’ll drive towards historic Waipio Valley through the pasture lands of Parker Ranch. Upon arrival in Honoka’a, admire the small, old school atmosphere before boarding a 4-wheel drive vehicle, where you’ll explore a part of the Hawaiian Islands that’s known as the Valley of Kings.
You’ll navigate the rugged valley terrain towards the base of Hi’ilawe Falls, where you’ll stand amidst taro falls with an unforgettable view of the island’s tallest waterfall. 
Having craned your neck to take in the falls, journey back up towards the top of the valley to the Waipio Valley Lookout, where you’ll soon enjoy a lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, seaweed salad and rice (vegetarian meals available upon request).
Relax on the serpentine drive to Hilo along the Hamakua Coast, before emerging at thundering Akaka Falls and its staggering drop. If weather permits, you will get to swim and kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. You’ll next move over to Rainbow Falls, where the angle of light can often create a colorful rainbow in the mist, and also make a stop at a tropical fruit farm in Hilo where guests can sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts.
The drive back to Kona is an adventure in itself, as you travel the infamous Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, climbing to high on the frigid, windswept moonscape. In winter, it’s common for both mountains to be covered with snow, and eventually you’ll drop back down towards Kona for a drop off back at your hotel.
Reviews (123)
1 - 5 of 86 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Full day - 12 hours Waterfall tour

Super tour with Drau Basaldua with Wasabi Tours. I would highly recommend the company and great value for the dollars. Our tour guide Drau was very knowlegble and we learned trivia as well asHawaii’s history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 46girlscouts
Reviewed 1 week ago
Super awesome tour!!!

Drew our tour guide was incredible. The guy had great energy and treasures of information about the island. He was super easy to talk to and did a great job ensuring that the group had fun. Nothing but high praises for him and the tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Cory D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Waterfall/Mauna Kea Star Gazing

This tour was absolutely amazing!!!! Our tour guide was Kala Holiday. He was so knowledgeable about the island and tons of information about the history. Just amazing all the way around! Mauka Meadow Coffee Farm, lunch, Waipio Valley Lookout, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Fall, and the...More

1  Thank atwell01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing experience around the whole island!

The grand circle tour was awesome and this company is great! I'm kicking myself, but I can't remember my tour guide's name... I believe it was Nate (sorry, guy!) Anyway, I've had my own rental car throughout my time here, but after venturing around on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank tonijordan
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Top day tour on Hawaii.

Enjoyed a very informative and fun day touring with Wasabi tours, and their driver, Dreu. From departure Dreu had the information flowing and gathered us all in together in friendship and fun. So many beautiful places in one day. The 4X4 ride down into the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank pamwX277MQ
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11 November 2018|
Response from pamwX277MQ | Reviewed this property |
Unsure. Believe they only pick up from hotels.
Katy B
12 August 2018|
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Wasabi Tours phone number is (808) 238-5222 according to Google.
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