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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley

Highway 240, Honokaa, 96727

The Basics

Known for its rich history and its natural beauty alike, the “Valley of the Kings” offers experiences for just about every type of traveler. Ride ATVs while learning about the valley’s lore, snap photos from the Waipio Valley Lookout, soar above 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs in a helicopter, or spend the day visiting some of Hawaii’s most famous waterfalls, including the towering Hi’ilawe Falls.

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Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
$218.85 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very enjoyable tour.
We had a great time on this tour. Alana and Drew were very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed this trip immensely. The only thing that was a detriment was the weather which had a light rain off and on all day, this was nothing they could control. But they made the best of it by doing some alternate things such as going to the farmers market where they have the best fruit.. We would highly recommend this excursion for the beauty of this part of Hawaii and the knowlege that was obtained by these two very entertaining tour guides.
Paula_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Beautiful falls & Amazing views
Laura_B, Jun 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Excellent day! Got to see so many waterfalls! We had an excellent driver and the van was very clean and comfy. Just be prepared for lots of driving. Lunch was good, but we were starving by the time we got back to our hotel.
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A day full of fun and adventure.
Kathleen_S, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
The most exciting part of this tour was when Dreu took us to a private waterfalls and we could swim, kayak and water board in the pond below. DREU was an excellent tour guide very informative, knowledgeable and friendly. As the tour was a whole day affair he kept everyone engaged. I would definitely take another tour with Dreu.
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Waipio Valley and Waterfall tour
Liz_O, Apr 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
This was an amazing day filled with adventure and beauty. Our Tour guide Derek was very knowledgeable and had a great energy. We also had a great guide Kaleo during the Waipio Valley part of the tour. We are very happy we took this tour because we were able to see so much in one day. The day is long but very much worth it! Definitely Recommend this tour.
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Breath Taking Valley tour
James_W, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
It’s like a rainforest valley, waterfalls with breath taking views, this tour is great for anyone. We learned something from our energetic tour guide Dreu. He is humorous and we can feel his passion- he loves the island and his job.
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Waterfalls and Valleys
Barbara_L, Apr 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The views of this the waterfalls was wonderful! Going into the Waipio Valley was an adventure. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Lifetime Experience
John_B, Aug 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Amazing trip to Hilo side of Big Island! Definitely beautiful on so many levels and quite an adventure! It is a long day so rest up! Snacks/water provided. Bring your poncho or rain jacket as the valley gets wet and rainy! Hiking sandals with straps work best in my opinion. Derek did a great job guiding us! The guy who took us down the mountain in 4X4 van was awesome story teller! Highly recommend if you have the time!
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Dreu was wonderful!
Karly_M, May 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
This was by far the highlight of our vacation!! Dreu our guide...AMAZING!! He was so knowledgeable, outgoing, energetic, and so very kind and helpful to everyone on the tour! Would absolutely recommend any of his tours, he’s the best!
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Just wonderful
Baerbel_D, Apr 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Overlooking the valley was breathtaking, but going into it...I almost have no words for it. Like it was going back in time and hearing the history of it. Tour guides were amazing. If you really want some insight and see what most tourists don't see, this tour is a must!
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Spectacular!
Krista, Apr 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
This was an amazing experience. Dreu was so informative, entertaining, and funny. It's clear that he loves the island and knows so much in depth info about it. My entire group loved the entire tour. Being able to experience Waipio Valley was magical. Kaleo was awesome as our guide and driver in the valley. It was definitely a magical place, and I feel very grateful to have visited it. Swimming in the private waterfall was also really special, and I'm so glad we were able to do that. The waterfalls and lava tube were also gorgeous and fun to see/explore. Thank you for the once and a lifetime experience!
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A fun filled day
ashdog11, Jun 2019
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
I really enjoyed this tour. We got lots of background on the volcanoes themselves, the climate, history, etc. Our guides were very informative and we definitely learned alot. I liked the Waipio Valley and all of the waterfalls the best. You even get to swim in a private waterfall. I also got to try and purchase macadamia nut honey for the 1st time. I highly recommend this tour, you'll get some great experiences and some beautiful pictures.
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Very enjoyable tour.
Paula_P, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
We had a great time on this tour. Alana and Drew were very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed this trip immensely. The only thing that was a detriment was the weather which had a light rain off and on all day, this was nothing they could control. But they made the best of it by doing some alternate things such as going to the farmers market where they have the best fruit.. We would highly recommend this excursion for the beauty of this part of Hawaii and the knowlege that was obtained by these two very entertaining tour guides.
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Fabulous day even through the rain
Cathleen M, Oct 2018
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
The trip to Waipio Valley exceeded my expecrtations! Beautiful flowers, historical details, ecology and geology details. Restroom stops abundant. Akaka Falls beautiful in the light rain. Bring your own rain jacket because the one provided made me sweat! Rainbow Falls from the non-public side was beautiful too!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waipio Valley is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, or first-time visitors to the island.

  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • Don’t attempt to drive a rental car into the valley; the road is extremely steep and many rental agreements prohibit it.

  • Hiking down to the black-sand beach requires a high level of physical fitness, but anyone can enjoy the views from the Waipio Valley Lookout.

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How to Get There

The stunning Waipio Valley is located on the Big Island’s northern Hamakua Coast. The roads here are notoriously steep and should only be accessed by four-wheel drive, horseback, or organized tour (from Kukuihaele).

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When to Get There

Since the views are one of the biggest draws, plan to visit on a clear, sunny day. November is the wettest month on the Big Island, and rain tends to impact how much of the valley is visible. Organized tours typically don’t run on Sundays.

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Sacred, Mythical, Historical Waipio Valley

The Waipio Valley was once the home of many of Hawaii’s past rulers, and has great sacred and mythical significance. It was here where Kamehameha the Great (the first ruler of a unified Kingdom of Hawaii) was proclaimed the future ruler of the islands by Kakailimoku (a Hawaiian god). It’s also the site of several important Hawaiian temples, or heiaus.

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