The Ultimate Waterfall Experience

Lush Rainforest, Towering Waterfalls, Iconic Swimming Holes and Waterfall Rappelling

Explore the lush rainforest on the east coast of the Big Island. From towering waterfalls to the rugged and beautiful Hamakua coastline, you’ll sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as your exceptional naturalist takes you to the best scenic waterfalls on the island. Bring your bathing suit because you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Hawaii’s largest private accessible waterfall. If you’re feeling up for the challenge you’ll even have the opportunity to try waterfall rappelling.  

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:

  • Historic Downtown Hilo
  • Wailuku River State Park
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Iconic waterfalls in the North Hilo area
  • The rugged and beautiful Hamakua coast
  • Kulaniapia Falls waterfall experience: swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding
  • Views of Waipio Valley (Optional Route)
  • Waimea  (Optional Route)

$1,800 For up to 4 Guests

$250 per Additional Guest (up to 7 total)

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Full Tour Details:

8-9 Hours

8-9 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start Time: 8:00 AM

  • Visit iconic Wailuku River State Park and take in the majestic beauty of Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls.
  • Enjoy the lush rainforest and rugged coastline as you cruise along Onomea’s scenic route. Stop for photos and views at beautiful waterfalls along the way.
  • Take a guided walk through Akaka Falls State Park. Not only will your naturalist tell you all about the rich botanical life found throughout the park but you’ll have the opportunity to view 2 spectacular waterfalls. Akaka falls, which cascades 442-feet down a vertical cliff face carpeted in vibrant green, is truly an incredible site to behold. 
  • After working up an appetite you’ll enjoy a local, fresh, picnic style lunch next to Kulaniapia Falls. Relax in the beauty and tranquility of this private 42-acre property which boasts 4 waterfalls, bamboo gardens and miles of trails. This sustainably minded and eco-friendly destination features off-the-grid living, farm-to-table chef inspired meals and much more.
  • If weather and river conditions permit, you’ll enjoy some quality water time at what we feel is the best swimming hole on the island. Kulaniapia Falls cascades down 120-feet into a protected pool ideal for swimming activities. Enjoy the provided amenities such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards that will make your swimming experience absolutely perfect.
  • Following your dip, you’ll drive through historic downtown Hilo as you guide tells you all about the unique history and culture of the area before returning home. 

Optional Add-Ons:

As part of our pledge to make our tours completely customizable, we offer additional activities with Kulaniapia Falls. If you’d like to extend your time at Kulaniapia and incorporate one of the following activities we’re happy to accommodate your request:

  • Waterfall rappelling: Experience the tallest commercially available repel in the state. With your expert canyoneering guide descend 120 feet down Kulaniapia Falls. Feel the majestic beauty and raw power of this incredible waterfall. Make sure you wear your bathing suit because there’s a good chance you will get wet on this adventure.
  • Farm-to-table inspired cooking class: Enjoy a true and authentic farm-to-table experience. You will harvest and create a delicious plant-based lunch from Kulaniapia Farm. Stroll through the farm accompanied by your guide and select perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables grown in the rich volcanic soil on the farm. Learn new cooking skills that are based on sustainable living practices and work in harmony with the environment.
  • If you’d like to visit Waipio Valley, Waimea, and see more of the Hamakua coastline we offer additional tour routes to accommodate these requests.

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

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at 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

  • Lunch: picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Kulaniapia Falls
  • Afternoon snacks
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

  • Patagonia rain jacket and puff
  • Nikon Prostaff binoculars
  • 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.

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We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!

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