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Rainbow Falls

Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #20 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Type: Waterfalls
Description: Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
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Hilo, Hawaii
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

best time to go is after an overnight rainpour or a week of rain. this really is a spectacle when the water is high and running fast. Don't go crazy and think you can swim at the bottom...very dangerous but a great view of Mother Nature. Not spoiled yet by trinket sales people. Quiet and serene. Close to town and... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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102 reviews 102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Rainbow Falls is a beautiful falls when the river is flowing which in Hilo is pretty much all the time. It is impressive as it has height and free falling water into a pool creating mist and therefore rainbows when the sun is shining. There are very nice facilities there, and excellent viewing platforms. You can also hike up to... More

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Beeville, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The best time to visit is early in the morning when you might have the whole park to yourself. Serene and peaceful.

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Beautiful scenic falls right next to the parking lot. An easy, quick stop to see a nice waterfall if you're in the area.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Rainbow Falls is nice for a quick stop on the way, or if you have very limited time in Hilo. The attached rest area also invites a picnic if you like. Within meters of the car park, there is a viewing point, and few meters off, via some stairs, there is another one, followed by a small forest trail. It... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

The falls are right there where you pull in, so very convenient. You can take the path up next to the falls (lots of banyan trees) to get to the rocky area behind the falls and go wading if you choose. Not much else there, but it's a nice stop.

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Cambridge, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Very pretty falls just on the outskirts of Hilo. Easy to find and the falls are right off of the parking lot so no long hike to get a view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Go in the morning to get the rainbow!!! Quick visit, a few pictures and you have seen it. Nice tree to the left for more pictures.

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Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit, Lots of steps / slopes and not well suited to those who struggle with walking, Views were fantastic and lots of birds and an array of different plants all in their natural environment Only one downside was that the midges had a feast on me, so if your intending... More

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Port Orchard, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

It was nice to visit, but not what I expected. Easy to locate, and a small attraction site. Did have a bathroom stop. Traffic was light, which made it nice.

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