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“Fun tour for all ages” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waipi'o Valley Wagon Tours

Waipi'o Valley Wagon Tours
48-5300 Kuikuihaele Rd, Neptunes Gardens/Last Chance Store, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
808 775-9518
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Honokaa
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Cairns, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fun tour for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I really enjoyed the mule drawn wagon tour into Waipi'o valley. Very pretty scenery, interesting tour guide and the right speed to really see everything and take gorgeous photos. Good value!

Visited April 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Different, fun way to explore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The Wagon Tour was a really fun, interesting experience. One of the guides's family had lived in the valley for over 100 years and added an interesting perspective to the history and culture of the area. The other guide was very knowledgeable in the nature and wildlife of the valley. We didn't do this, but it would be great to take the wagon tour for the history / nature and do's and don'ts, and then hike down and up the valley on your own, after learning the correct respect the valley and it's people. Be aware they don't run the 10:30 tour unless there are enough people (probably 6) to make it worth it to harness the mules. Thanks for a fun, informative afternoon!

Visited March 2013
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“Fun ride with beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Although I will admit that our guide was a little lack-luster I still found the tour fun and interesting. The views of the waterfalls from the valley floor were breathtaking. It was interesting to know that some people lived down there relying on solar power or with no running water. That's really roughing it!

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Oregon
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Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
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“Very disappointing: OK but not great valley, expensive, poor guide”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We made a long excursion to see this valley because a highly touted guide book recommended it. We chose the mule trip because the guide book described it as more "fun". Wow! The tours in vans must be REALLY dull.

This is a pleasant little valley filled with very small farms. The valley had a history as an important city-village . . . until 1946 when a tsunami wiped out almost everything. The valley is at the bottom of a steep, poorly maintained roadway. The roadway at the bottom is an upaved mud track. The poor maintenance is probably intended to induce tourists to hire one of the tour-guide services, which take tourists down in 4WD vehicles and limited the tourists to the first half-mile of the valley.

My wife and felt we had been ripped off. Because we were forced to turn around after a short distance into the valley, we saw little of what is there. The trees and other brush screen off much of the scenery. Although tourist literature promised waterfalls, there was only one, high but not especially attractive fall. Our guide was making his 15th trip of the week, maybe his 1000th ever, and he appeared to be bored to death. Just going through the motions. He tolds us little of the valley's history: maybe no one knows the history; maybe he does not know the history; maybe he had told it too many times. He knew the names of some of the plants, but he did not explain why taro is an important crop or why people in the valley do not grow crops other than taro.

I wonder if we could have gone deeper into the valley on foot?

Visited February 2013
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Roberts Creek, Canada
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“Great Fun and Loads of Information Made This a Great Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Less than 2 hour's drive from from Kailua- Kona where we were staying made for a great outing to see Waipio Valley up close (as opposed to looking down from the viewpoint above...) We booked our tour 3 days in advance over the phone with "Selma" who gave us easy to follow directions to the "Last Chance Store" in Honokaa where "Tracey" picked us up and drove us down the steep access road to the valley where we met our two faithful steeds (donkeys), who pulled our group of 7 adults and a small child through the lush and rustic neighborhood in the area, all the time pointing out flowers, fruit, local materials and whatnot, then explaining their uses in the Hawaiian culture - we even were greeted by three wild horses during our tour and saw an old hotel (with 5 rooms that were rented @ $15/night) recently inherited by an heir who hasn't decided yet if it will be reopened as a hotel... It was obvious the locals in the valley all knew her (she too lives in the valley) and we benefited I'm sure from this as we all were recipients of friendly greetings from the numerous folks we passed on our wagon tour. The covered wagon had a total of 10 seats (the weight of the passengers determines the number of people they will allow the donkeys to pull) and these two fellows worked hard - pulling us through a couple of creeks and along gravel roads, all the while with Tracey entertaining us local knowledge and happily answering our questions. While I cannot remember the donkey's names (they are from Canada though!) we were allowed to feed them the carrots and apples that we brought along with us as a reward for their efforts. This tour is great and a terrific way to visit the Waipio Valley.

Visited January 2013
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