Adventure to the majestic Hamakua Coast with stunning coastal views, amazing waterfalls and botanical gardens.
Take a memorable journey through charming old sugar plantation towns on one of Hawaii Island’s most scenic drives known as the Hamakua-Hilo Heritage Corridor. You’ll discover the breathtaking natural diversity of the Big Island on your full-day narrated adventure. Learn the history and legends of Hawaiian culture as you gaze into the best expansive views featuring rugged sea cliffs, deep ravines, lush rainforests, thundering waterfalls and beautiful botanical gardens.
Waterfall Sites & Garden Delights Tour Highlights Include:
- Waipio Valley Overlook – This amazing valley is one of the most incredible places on Hawaii’s Big Island. Located near the northern tip of the island, Waipio Valley was once home to Hawaiian royalty who oversaw the cultivation of taro in the valley’s fertile earth. Your guide will share the historical and legendary stories of Waipio, known as the “Valley of the Kings.”
- Akaka Falls – Here you’ll find the most incredible 442-foot waterfall on our island and learn about the legend of King Akaka by your tour guide. This waterfall is a must see attraction and another garden paradise of tropical plants.
- What’s Shakin’ – No-Host lunch stop near Onomea Bay that will serve you up healthy eats, blended treats, and plenty of local charm.
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – Photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists, and nature lovers from around the world consider this garden museum to be one of the best. There are over 2,000 species of tropical plants, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera found in this one-of-a-kind 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.
- Hilo Farmers Market – A must-see experience when you are on the Big Island. Local farmers and crafters sell their produce, crafts, gift items and tropical flowers in a festive outdoor atmosphere that recalls back to the old “plantation” days of early Hilo.
- Rainbow Falls – Your final waterfall is north of downtown Hilo in Wailuku River State Park. Rainbow Falls derives its name from the fact that on sunny days with the right angle of the sun, rainbows can be seen in the mist thrown up by the waterfall.
- End your journey as we travel across Highway 200 through the center of the island. This road is known as “Saddle Road” as it sits between the tallest volcanoes on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You’ll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranchland, sub-alpine dryforest and rainforest featuring cinder cones, lava flows and kipuka.
This is a full-day tour with pick up beginning around 7:00 am to 8:30 am. Round trip transportation provided from major hotels in Kohala, Waikoloa and Kona. Tour time is approximately 9 hours round trip depending on your pickup/return location.
No-Host lunch stop at What’s Shakin’ food stand, assorted juices, snacks and bottled water during the tour. Lunch location subject to change without prior notice due to route change or unforeseen circumstances.
Walking Sticks, Light Rain Jackets, Umbrellas and Rain Ponchos.
Important Tour Information
- Minimum numbers apply. We need four (4) passengers to operate a tour. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet this requirement. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative booking date or full refund.
- All tours run rain or shine.
- What to Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a sweater or jacket.
- What to wear: Essential Hawaii Tours recommends wearing comfortable footwear (closed-toe), a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants.
- You should be able to walk on uneven paths or on rocky terrain. Light to moderate walking should be expected.
- Location stops subject to change without prior notice due to route change or unforeseen circumstances.
- Easy to Moderate… Duration is around 9-hours – Ages 5+
- Will we see molten lava on the this tour? We will not be traveling to any location that has lava activity.
- How much walking is involved? There will be a few short walks at your own pace. You should be able to walk on uneven paths or on rocky terrain. Light walking hiking should be expected with some up and down hill paths.
- What happens if it rains? It’s very possible that we will encounter rain during our tour, especially in our rainforest areas. If it rains, we provide light rain jackets, throw away ponchos and umbrellas for your use.
- What if I have dietary restrictions? Most special dietary needs and restrictions can be accommodated at the lunch location.
Suggested Retail Pricing
Adult: $139.00 +tax
Child: $129.00 +tax
Waterfall Sites & Garden Delights Route