Rainbow Falls

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  • Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    1. Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    Start your day with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where you can admire a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs that drop into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view of Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore steam vents and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along the crater rim trail. Then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, where you can spot marine life from the black-sand shore.

  • Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

    2. Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

    After hotel pick-up from Kona and Kohala area hotels, head toward Waipio Valley while passing through Waimea and Parker Ranch, before switching to a 4WD van to descend into the majestic Waipio Valley. As you traverse shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna, your guide will share the stories and legends of this special place while you marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet in the back of the valley. Marvel the rugged sea cliffs and mile-long black sand beach as you head back to Waipio Valley lookout for the stunning views as you enjoy a gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, continue the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering Akaka Falls, which plummet 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. If weather permits, you will get to swim or kayak under a private waterfall to cool down afte...

    The tour was not only breathtakingly stunning, but also very educational! I learned a lot while we drove across the big island and our guide Derek made everything very entertaining throughout the day. Seeing Waipio Valley was definitely my favorite part, you won’t regret the experience!

  • Big Island: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

    3. Big Island: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

    Explore Hawaii’s youngest and largest island and change the way you see the Big Island with this narrated, self-drive road trip. Visit historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Hear local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting and listen to unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Drive across barren lava fields that are wedged between two active volcanoes. Visit a black sand beach and taste Hawaiian coffee and macadamia nuts on local farms. Be adventurous and go cliff diving or take advantage of the beautiful nature and take a scenic hike. See the tallest mountain in Hawaii at night for the ultimate stargazing experience. This adventure is great for families and solo travelers alike.

    This audio tour gives a lot of information and was entertaining as well, great directions and very timely but, be sure to DOWNLOAD ALL the tours you never know and many areas have no WiFi to download later, happy travels

  • Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

    4. Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

    Visit Rainbow Falls and the Kaumana Caves before heading to your stargazing location. Travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and biggest volcanoes on Earth. To complete your tour, your guide will take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You will observe the deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture telescope, under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth. Enjoy narration from expert astronomers, who have written articles for well-known magazines and worked at world-class observatories for decades. The telescopes are a true purist way to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply not possible with other telescopes. Weather permitting and depending on what is visible in the current sky, you can observe galaxi...

    Crystal was excellent. I learned so much and enjoyed it immensely. Starting in Hilo then onto the volcano with a telescope and astronomer was really special Thanks

  • Big Island: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, & Coffee Farm Day-Trip

    5. Big Island: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, & Coffee Farm Day-Trip

    The morning is filled with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. The views stop you in your tracks at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window before visiting Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view and plenty of photo opportunities. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along crater rim trail. From here, relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the black-sand shore. On the leisurely drive back around sunset, you’ll see views of South Point, the southernmost point of t...

    Robert was friendly, knowledgeable, informative & fun!! Took us to all we wanted to see!

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What people are saying about Rainbow Falls

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50 reviews

The tour was not only breathtakingly stunning, but also very educational! I learned a lot while we drove across the big island and our guide Derek made everything very entertaining throughout the day. Seeing Waipio Valley was definitely my favorite part, you won’t regret the experience!

Dreu was great. Very knowledgeable with a fun presentation Douglas likewise who drove us down the valley was great He told us history, myths and showed us plants and fruits along the way I recommend going with these guys It was an awesome tour!

This audio tour gives a lot of information and was entertaining as well, great directions and very timely but, be sure to DOWNLOAD ALL the tours you never know and many areas have no WiFi to download later, happy travels

Derek Stuart our tour guide to the water falls was extremely informative and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic day and also enjoyed our lunch. Thank you Derek for a great day!!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and an excellent teller of stories.