Waipio Valley Explorer
Explore the ancient breadbasket of Hawaii Island on this unique exploration of the lush Hamakua Coast.
Start your Waipio Valley tour with a drive between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes to Rainbow Falls in Hilo. Stop and shop with the locals at the famous Hilo Farmer’s Market on the way to Onomea Bay. Explore Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and its more than 2,000 species of tropical plants. Follow trails through tropical rainforests and past waterfalls on your way to the ocean. This 40-acre natural greenhouse is a true feast for the eyes.
Leaving the Bay behind, drive to Akaka Falls for a short walk through the fern forest studded with orchids to see this majestic beauty. Enjoy expansive views of the falls tumbling 440 feet. Finally, transfer to four-wheel-drive van for the careful drive down into Waipio Valley. Known as the Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley is a place of impossibly steep cliffs carved by waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor.
Once inhabited by thousands, Waipio Valley is a lush, mystical place rarely visited. Explore the valley and beach by private tour before making the steep climb back out and returning to Kona.