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Kailua-Kona, United States
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views from the old Kohala Mule Station lookout. Rumble through the rugged landscape in an off-road vehicle and hike along the tunnels and aqueducts of a historic sugar plantation. Admire the seven Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade. A picnic lunch and hotel transport are included.
  • Small group off-road walking tour on Hawaii
  • Travel up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines past traditional villages and famous landmarks
  • Moderate hike past waterfalls and rock formations
  • Learn about the history of Hawaii through water, waterfalls and diverse ecosystems

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in coastal views and see beautiful waterfalls; you'll even get the chance to take a dip!
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Guide
Bottled water
Walking sticks, daypacks and rain gear
Lunch
Local taxes
Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off
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Departure Point

73-5593 A, Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

6:50 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore highlights of Kohala, the Big Island’s northwestern coast, on a full-day adventure. The tour begins with early morning pickup at your Kohala or Waikoloa hotel for the drive up the glorious Kona coastline. Pass through the charming plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, and keep an eye out for large marine life offshore, including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the winter). 

Take in spectacular views from the old Kohala Mule Station, and then climb aboard a sturdy 6x6 Pinzgauer military ATV for brief, bumpy off-road ride along the cliffs. Your destination is the Kohala Ditch Trail, built in the early 1900s to irrigate the surrounding former sugar plantation. Hike approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), passing blasted-out tunnels, ditches and an old aqueduct while your guide shares the history of the plantation and the construction of its impressive irrigation system. Take a break and recharge with a picnic lunch among the beautiful mountainous scenery.

Throughout the moderately challenging hike, see the seven Kohala waterfalls that dot the lush and diverse landscape. Stop at the last fall for a chance to jump into the refreshing pool and cool off under the cascade. At the end of the hike, relax on the ride back to your hotel, where your 8-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hawaii Forest and Trail
Travelers can shop in our retail space at our Kona headquarters as well use our bathroom facilities and enjoy complimentary coffee and water.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kohala Coast
Enjoy views of the Big Island's amazing coastline and a few of its volcanoes on the way to your North Kohala Adventure
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure
Enjoy our one of a kind experience of seeing 7 different water falls while hiking through private nature reserves and a restored, ancient, Hawaiian agricultural site Cool off with a swim under one of the cascading waterfalls Lunch is provided with a heavenly view of Mokulanikila
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes, boots, sneakers reef walkers or sport sandals, bathing suits under clothes, short sleeved shirt, and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket and a towel
  • Infants under 3 must be carried in a backpack carrier (not provided by tour operator)
  • Children under 4 must ride in a car seat (not provided by tour operator)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum number of 9 people per van
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Forest and Trail

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour.

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  • "Do not leave Hawaii without treating your family to this adventure!" See review

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star-5
Hiking, swimming, and picnic in the most beautiful locations!😎
Wendy_H
, Jul 2021
Awesome experience! Knowledgeable tour guide (Michael). Beautiful scenery and activity well paced. 🥰
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Great experience
David_J
, Jun 2021
We really enjoyed our Kohala Waterfalls tour with Mike. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The private property setting provided a unique experience and unparalleled views of the Kohala coast.
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Unforgettable Experience
Marisa_T
, Jun 2021
Hiking to the Kohala Falls was probably the highlight of my trip while on the Big Island. We hand picked and ate fresh guava from trees, swam under a beautiful waterfall and had lunch while overlooking a spectacular coast line. Mark our tour guide was outstanding. He is personable, very articulate and well spoken. In addition to his extreme professionalism, you can tell that Mark has a true passion and respect for Hawaii, its history and culture. I took two other excursions with other tour companies, and this was by far the best.
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Breathtaking
Tyson_A
, Jun 2021
Fresh fruit off the trees, swimming in a waterfall, and a spectacular view for lunch. Well worth every penny!
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Learning while exercising through the forest
Joshua_C
, May 2021
Learned. about the various plants, animals, and waterfalls formation and how they became part of this beautiful island. Our guide, Gary, was patient, passionate, and enthusiastic through the tour. He is a born teacher.
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Couldn't Have Asked For A Better Experience!
Haley_K
, Feb 2021
THIS was such a fulfilling excursion! Our tour guide and driver, Gary couldn't have been a better guide! On the ride to the Kohala Waterfalls he made sure to point out and educate us all on the geology of the land, the fauna and flora of the land, as well as the full history of King Kamehameha and was wonderful about answering everyone's questions! Once we got up to the trail he made sure we all had what we needed to comfortably make the journey. The private hike throughout the forest as well as the private waterfall swim was an unforgettable experience. Once we finished the hike and swim we boarded the van again and Gary took us to a second private location to have lunch. The view was unbelievable and lunch was delicious! My husband and I couldn't have asked for a better excursion! We are so appreciative!
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Amazing, Must-Do Adventure!
Resort24555577255
, Jan 2019
My husband, 7-year old son, and I had no idea what to expect, and were blown away by this amazing, beautiful adventure! Our guide (Justin) was very professional and extremely well-informed about the island's history. The approximate 2-mile hike through the rain forest was both visually stunning and physically achievable. This adventure was worth every penny. Do not leave Hawaii without treating your family to this adventure!!
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
FarAway36889752721
, Dec 2018
This excursion was a great experience due to our wonderful guide Justin. He was so personable and informative but also laidback. We enjoyed every minute of our time. The places he took us were breathtaking & our boys loved swimming in the freshwater waterfall as well as riding off road in the Australian military vehicle. Also it was the perfect amount of time-still had most of the afternoon to swim at our resort. Definitely recommend!
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This was an excellent tour and a...
Susan C
, Jun 2017
This was an excellent tour and a real way of seeing the island. The tour guide was very well informed and took us in a four wheel drive vehicle where there are no roads. We then proceeded to hike to a couple of waterfalls. I gave this tour four stars instead of five because not everyone might be able to handle the hike especially if there are ambulatory issues involved as we hiked on somewhat primitive paths with overgrown tree roots. We were rewarded, though, with a dip in one of the waterfalls along the route. The tour includes a box lunch overlooking high cliffs with the ocean beating against them, spectacular! This tour is a great way for the adventurous to explore the islands.
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This tour was great. Uncle Danny was...
Rick
, Jun 2017
This tour was great. Uncle Danny was our guide and he was amazing. He not told us about the history and culture of the island, but was a wealth of knowledge regarding the plants and animals on the island. The place Uncle Dan took us for lunch was amazing. It overlooked the Kohala Coast.
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