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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Waipio Valley and Rain...
Loreen_D, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Waipio Valley and Rain Forest were amazing. All waterfalls were spectacular! Being senior citizens a couple of the stops were a little more strenuous, so sat them out, but did not feel like we missed out at all. Our guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. It was a great experience.
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The Valley was a...
Theresa_T, Jan 2022
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
The Valley was a favorite. Derek was a very knowledgeable and fun guide and a great driver. The lava tunes and waterfalls were great to see and explore.
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Awesome
Paul_M, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Drew was cool! We had a great time experiencing the big island while visiting Hawaii. You will get your money’s worth here
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Must do adventure
Jim_J, Nov 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Our guides Drue was very informative. The 4 wheel trip into the Waipio Valley had great scenery and Douglas very knowledgeable. Having the opportunity to feed wild horses was unique. Beautiful waterfalls and the ability to swim or canoe at the base of a private waterfall was wonderful. A must do adventure.
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Amazing tour of valley, waterfalls and Lava tube
Alison_H, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
So much is packed into this all day trip! I am very impressed with this full day tour from the ease of booking, to the communications and Follow-up emails to accurate on time pickup. Drue our tour guide is simply the best a person could ask for! So fun, informative and really made sure each person was having their best time! Highly recommend this tour and especially if you get Drue. His attention to detail really made the trip!
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Rural Hawaii adventure
Eunice_R, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Riding the 4 wheel drive van down the winding steep road was an adventure. Waipio valley was extremely beautiful. Guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. The van was comfortable and itinerary was perfect.
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Wonderful
Paragi_R, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Dreu was a winderful guide informative energetic and entertaining. The drive to the valley floor is not to be missed!
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Beautiful and informative
Ken_D, Oct 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
The beauty of the island is brought out so well in this tour. But the guides made it that much better. We were lucky enough to have one of the top rated guides, Drew, to pass on the history and the beauty. Our guide down into Waipio valley was equally great. He was born and raised in the valley so he knew everything there is to know about the valley. I would highly recommend this trip!
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Great excursion a must do
Jerry_B, Dec 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Drew is an excellent tour guide he made the whole experience so good. He is very knowledgable with the area besides being very entertaining and helpful. We totally enjoyed thhe whole trip excellent. Kathie & Jerry
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A day of adventure on the big island.
Jason_M, Nov 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Waterfall tour with #wasabitourshawaii was a fantastic day. Thanks to Dreu, a great guide! His commentary and insight for the big island was legendary. We explored waterfalls and toured the island with Drue. His knowledge and history of Hawaii was shared and made the experience very enjoyable. Seeing the falls in a guided tour made the experience so much more incredible. If you want to see the island and visit the many waterfalls, this is just the tour for you and your family.
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An Absolute Must, with a Fantastic Tour Guide
Derek_K, Nov 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
Our tour guide, Dreu, was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgable and well-spoken. It was truly a treat to tour all of these beautiful locations on Big Island. Anyone looking to view some of the most beautiful scenery on earth should take this tour and request Dreu as your guide!
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Awesome
Robert_S, Sep 2021
Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Adventure
We love every part of our day it was awesome I would recommend this to anyone it was well worth the money Thank You Derek for making our trip so much fun

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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Trip ideas


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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