Waipi'o Valley tours provide many fun and exciting options for exploring one of the most magnificent and scenic valleys in all Hawaii. Because of the incredibly steep descent from the Waipi'o overlook, access to the valley can be challenging. While many people (ourselves included) enjoy the moderate hike down from the top, there are plenty of other fun and easy ways to access this valley of the kings.
Waipi'o Valley is approximately 2 hours from Kailua-Kona and 1.5 hours from Hilo, and just 20 minutes from the town of Honoka'a at the west end of Highway 240. Second only to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as the most visited site on the Big Island, Waipi'o Valley has a rich history that links legends of the past to today's valley inhabitants.
Your tour guides will provide much insight into the history and mystery of this magical valley, as well as its spiritual and cultural significance. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and valley, lush tropical foliage that drapes the landscape, and taro growing in abundance on the valley floor. You will likely see wild horses roaming the valley, and watch in awe as the highest waterfall on Hawaii Island drops out of the sky.
A Waipi'o Valley horseback ride might just be the best way to enjoy this magnificent valley. Exploring Hawaii on horseback is the stuff dreams are made of, and of all the islands, the Big Island offers some of the best. Your ride begins at Waipi'o Valley Artworks in Kukuihaele, less than a mile east of the Waipi'o overlook off Highway 240.
Two options are available. To ride in the valley itself, riders are transported by 4WD van to the corral on the valley floor where the ride begins. This beautiful Waipi'o Valley horseback ride takes riders deep into the valley, through thick jungle with stream crossings and incredible views.
As an alternative, you can choose a ride along the rim that meanders above the valley with beautiful scenic vistas from various overlooks.
Long pants and boots are recommended for all rides.
Not quite ready for the saddle? An ATV tour is a fun way for the entire family to explore the tropical scenery and waterfalls of Waipi'o Valley. Drive your own or ride with a guide as you journey through the lush valley.
The Waipi'o Valley Shuttle Tour is perhaps the simplest of all Waipi'o Valley tours. Travel to the bottom of the valley in the comfort of a ten passenger four-wheel drive van, making frequent stops for sightseeing and photo opportunities. Meeting point is also at Waipi'o Valley Artworks in Kukuihaele.
Waipi'o Valley Wagon Tours also begin in the town of Kukuihaele. Enjoy this delightful open-air experience of a mule-drawn wagon ride into and across the beautiful valley, stopping to view the back of the valley and the Hi'ilawa waterfall. Perfect for families or couples! Meeting point is Neptune Gardens/Last Chance Store in Kukuihaele.
Prefer exploring on foot? Visit our main Waipi'o Valley page for descriptions of the overlook and wandering about deep into the valley.