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Waipi'o Valley

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Valleys, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic area of waterfalls and thousand foot cliffs.
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Dacula, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

OMG! This valley is just breathtaking! Waterfalls flowing into the ocean, black sand beaches, steep cliffs, and lush forest. Nothing says Hawaii like Waipi'o valley! You will need a 4-wheel drive (or catch a ride with a local) to descend to the valley floor.

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Buffalo, NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This area is one of the top tourist attractions on the Big Island aside from the volcano. The views in and around Waipio Valley are spectacular. Known as the “Valley of the Kings,” for many years it was the home to Hawaiian kings and their families; a lush, awe inspiring valley with towering waterfalls and cliffs and beautiful black sand... More

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Niles, Ohio
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149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was one of our favorite views on the Big Island. This is a "must do" attraction. It can be as little as a 15 minute stop or as long as most of a day if you decide to hike down to the beach. It is a short but a little steep walk down to the observation area from the... More

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Eldridge, Iowa
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99 reviews 99 reviews
43 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

One of the most beautiful scenic overlooks on the East Side of the Big Island. It is completely free. You can hike down to the black sand beach on the road. There are also tides available for a cost. It is one mile down to the black sand beach. It is a steep hike back up the hill. Worth a... More

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Ladysmith, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I drove to the valley and parked at the beach. You need a real 4WD with low range to access the beach by paved roads and a little dirt. If you are worried about steep hills, puddles or rental insurance then this is not your drive. When I 4WD back home I'm not covered for breakage and so feel right... More

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toms river, new jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

If you like view cliffs and the beach from high above then this is a must see. there is a little walkway down to get to the observation area. If you are brave enough you could walk down quite a bit to get to the beach. My wife and I opted out of this.

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Canby, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Coming to the end of the road you are treated to a breathtaking view. From the first time I was there I wanted to go down. Now I have, twice. Once on horseback and once on foot. On foot is the best but one needs to be in good shape and healthy. Every time on the BI we take time... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We viewed the valley first from our helicopter tour and thought it was so beautiful that we decided to hike down to it. The views are amazing and the beach is gorgeous.

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West Yorkshire
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120 reviews 120 reviews
67 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We only had time for the lookout but the views were beautiful and the place, despite being busy, was peaceful.Even if that's all you have time for, it's worth a detour or a short stop. Simply beautiful.

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Innsbruck
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We hiked through the valley staying strictly on the allowed areas not to annoy the locals. We took the shuttle to get down and up - worked fine but was quite expensive for the short, 15min ride (30 usd). Then we hiked a bit of muliwaitrail and King's trail - superb views and beautiful forest (we had no time for... More

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