Explore Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, swim at Kulanipia private waterfalls, visit majestic Waipio Valley Lookout, and the stunning Akaka Falls on the Hamakua Coast 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.
The morning begins with a visit to the majestic Waipio Valley Lookout after passing through the famous Parker Ranch. Marvel at the stunning views of the rugged sea cliffs drop into the sparkling blue ocean and mile-long black sand beach.
A drive along the scenic Hamakua Coast will greet you with a burst of energy as the splendid waterfalls await – capture the famous Akaka Falls while you hear the unrivaled power of water coursing down hundreds of feet. Continue to a garden nestled in the scenic Onomea Bay – Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Throughout this garden valley, nature trails meander through a true tropical rainforest, crossing bubbling streams, passing several beautiful waterfalls, and the exciting ocean vistas along the rugged Pacific Coast. This highly acclaimed garden allows you to take up-close shots of rare and exotic flora- over 2000 species of exotic tropical plants and orchids in a tranquil setting.
In the afternoon, you will escape the crowd and get to swim under the 120-foot-tall Kulaniapia private waterfall, Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall, to cool down and relax when weather conditions permit. The next stop is a waterfall that’s small by comparison, but not by beauty: Rainbow Falls, a beautiful 80-foot waterfall with a giant banyan tree beside it. The adventure ends with the return to Kona or Kohala Coast via a spectacular drive on Saddle Road, a highway nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain Mauna Kea, and the world’s most massive mountain Mauna Loa.
Pickup location and Time
Tours depart daily except Sunday. We pick up from all resorts and hotels in Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala Coast between 7 am to 8:30 am. Actual pickup times vary depending on location. Tour duration is around 10-11 hours
What to bring and wear
Bring a swimsuit, and wear comfortable summer clothing. Covered walking shoes are recommended.
Group Size: Tours are limited to a maximum of 13 guests per vehicle
Tour difficulty: Moderate hiking over short distances. Ages 5 and older are required.
Included in the tour: local style picnic lunch consisting of teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables, and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water. In addition, all park entrance fees, mosquito repellent, and rain gear.
Cancellation Policy: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.
How much hiking do we do?
A: There are some short and moderate hikes of no more than 1 mile throughout the tour. Guests must be able to walk on uneven, sloped, and potentially slippery grounds on this tour.
Will we get to swim in the waterfalls?
A: Yes, if weather permits you can swim at a private waterfall on this tour.
Does this tour drive down into the Waipio Valley?
A: This tour will only visit the Waipio Valley Lookout. It doesn’t take guests down into the valley.