Hilo Cruise Ship Guest Special

Private Waterfall Tour

An unforgettable fusion of tranquility and adventure in the breathtaking rainforests of the Big Island!

Embark on an exclusive journey through the lush rainforest on the east coast of the Big Island with our unparalleled private waterfall tour. Marvel at the majesty of towering waterfalls and the rugged beauty of the Hamakua coastline as your exceptional naturalist guide leads the way. Relax and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery as you visit the island’s most scenic waterfalls. Be sure to pack your bathing suit for an up-close encounter with Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. For the adventurous at heart, seize the opportunity to elevate your experience with waterfall rappelling! This one-of-a-kind tour promises a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, making it an unforgettable day of exploring the captivating landscapes of the Big Island.

Tour Highlights

Book an unforgettable private waterfall tour that will take you to some of the most scenic destinations on the Big Island of Hawaii:

  • Iconic waterfalls in the North Hilo area
  • Experience a private waterfall location: swim, kayak, and paddle-board
  • Wailuku River State Park
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • The rugged and beautiful Hamakua coast
  • Historic Downtown Hilo
  • Views of Waipio Valley

$1,345 For up to 4 Guests

$145 per Additional Guest 

Full Tour Details:

7 Hours

7 Hour Tour Time


  • Start Time: 9:00 AM

  • Embark on your Big Island waterfall exploration with a convenient pickup from the Hilo cruise ship terminal. The journey begins at the iconic Wailuku River State Park, where you’ll be captivated by the majestic beauty of Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls. Witness the picturesque cascade of Rainbow Falls as it gracefully descends over a legendary cave. Just a mile downstream, encounter the intriguing Boiling Pots—an extraordinary feature of the Wailuku River shaped by the forces of ancient lava flows. Gain insights into Hawaii’s geological wonders and volcanic legacy as you immerse yourself in the natural splendor of these iconic sites
  • Discover the serenity of a private waterfall oasis at Kulaniapia Falls. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this 42-acre retreat, adorned with four majestic waterfalls, bamboo gardens, and extensive trails. Experience sustainable and eco-friendly living in this off-the-grid haven. From the lush landscapes to the eco-conscious amenities, Kulaniapia Falls offers a tranquil escape, inviting you to unwind in the embrace of nature’s beauty
  • Weather and river conditions permitting, enjoy some quality water time at what we consider the best swimming hole on the island, Kulaniapia Falls. This 120-foot waterfall’s cascade forms a protected pool, creating an ideal spot for swimming activities. With a limited number of guests allowed daily, this privately accessible waterfall offers a truly exclusive escape. Take advantage of provided amenities, including kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, enhancing your swimming experience and ensuring a perfect day of relaxation in this pristine natural setting
  • Discover the lush rainforest and rugged coastline while cruising along Onemea scenic route. Stop along the way to capture the beauty and magic of the panoramic views of beautiful waterfalls
  • Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in a delightful break at a local restaurant. Savor a delicious lunch crafted from locally sourced ingredients, offering a taste of the region’s culinary treasures.
  • Take a guided exploration through Akaka Falls State Park, where your naturalist guide will illuminate the diverse botanical life that graces the park. This immersive experience goes beyond mere observation, providing the opportunity to witness two spectacular waterfalls. Akaka Falls, boasting a remarkable 442-foot cascade down a vertical cliff face adorned in vibrant green, stands as an incredible spectacle and an essential highlight of any Big Island waterfall tour.
  • Before returning back to the Hilo cruise ship terminal, you’ll drive through historic downtown Hilo as your guide shares insights into the unique history and culture of the area
  • Additionally, if you would like to skip the private waterfall location, in substitute, other locations that can be visited include: Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, Hilo Farmers Market, and Richardson’s Black Sand Beach.

Optional Add-Ons:

As part of our commitment to providing fully customizable tours, we offer additional activities at Kulaniapia Falls. If you’d like to extend your time and incorporate one of the following activities, we’re more than happy to accommodate your request:

  • Big Island Waterfall rappelling: Experience the ultimate adventure with the tallest commercially available rappel in the state! Guided by an expert canyoneering guide, descend 120 feet down Kulaniapia Falls. Waterfall rappelling on the Big Island offers a unique opportunity to experience the dynamic energy of rushing water. Thrill-seekers can enjoy rappelling right beside the falls, feeling the majestic beauty and raw power of this incredible waterfall. Ensure you wear your bathing suit, as there’s a good chance you’ll get wet on this exhilarating and unforgettable adventure.
  • Farm-to-table inspired cooking class: Savor a genuine farm-to-table experience at Kulaniapia Falls, where you’ll harvest and create a delicious plant-based lunch. Embark on a guided stroll through the farm, handpicking perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables grown in the nutrient-rich volcanic soil. Explore sustainable living practices as you learn new cooking skills that harmonize with the environment. This immersive culinary adventure not only offers a delightful meal but also provides a deeper connection to the source of your food, showcasing the beauty of sustainable practices in a breathtaking setting. (only available Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
Rainbow Falls
Guests enjoying water time at Kulaniapia Falls
Scenic view point in Hawai'i Tropical Bioreserve
Swimming at Kulaniapia Falls
Waterfalls along Onomea Scenic Route
Akaka Falls State Park

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Beautiful scenery along best waterfall hikes Big Island.
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at your place of lodging 
  • Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary provided by our top of the line tour guides
  • Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Gold dust day gecko eating nectar from flower on waterfall hikes Hilo.
  • Lunch: a delicious locally sourced meal at a local restaurant on the Hilo coast
  • Afternoon snacks
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Waterfalls tour guests kayaking at Kulaniapia.
  • Patagonia rain jacket and puff
  • Nikon Prostaff binoculars
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Water shoes or Teva type river shoes
  • Camera
  • A change of clothes if you’d like to participate in the waterfall swim
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
  • Assuming no modifications to this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 1-2 miles with some steps included.
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and we may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.

Customizing Your Tour

Upon booking your tour, one of our guides will contact you to discuss custom options we have available for your tour. Whether you’d like to spend more time star gazing, enjoy more time at our private waterfall location, or enjoy an extended guided hike, we’re here to make this experience memorable and most importantly – ALL ABOUT YOU!

Want a custom tour? Give us a call: (808) 315-9278

Ready to Book a Tour?

We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!