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Waipi'o Valley

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A scenic area of waterfalls and thousand foot cliffs.
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All reviews the black sand beach wheel drive wild horses steep road lookout point private property the big island driving down steep grade hiked down shuttle tour lookout area lots of water take your time great hike rental car hamakua coast
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Waipio is a beautiful place that can be enjoyed at the lookout point or from the bottom of the valley. We had a 4-wheel drive vehicle and prior to making the drive down into the valley we spoke with the park ranger just making sure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank O5378CCmelissaw
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Waipio is incredibly beautiful. But if you just stay at the overlook, you’re doing it wrong. We had a 4WD vehicle but decided to hike instead and I’m glad we did. We saw some people not yielding to the cars coming back up the road...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PhotobyBrea
Reviewed 4 days ago

There are multiple ways to explore the valley. We took the shuttle down into it and highly recommend that option. If you are going to drive it on your own, you MUST have a 4 wheel vehicle and nerves of steel as the terrain is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ssjj123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Rich and Spencer were fantastic they knew so much about Hilo and the big island and made our stay there a wonderful experience. The tour to Waipio Valley was beautiful. They took time to stop at various places along the way to let us experience...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nls007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I walked down the valley. It is definitely steep and made our legs sore, but it is pretty manageable. I wore Chacos and they held up fine. There are a lot of people willing to take you down or back up if...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nathanknautz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to walk to the valley which Is not for the feint hearted but well worth the experience. The lush vegetation and isolation of the valley is amazing. Waterfalls and black sands beach are awesome sights.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie3358
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Beautiful valley only accessible via steep hike or short 4x4 roller-coaster ride. Stunning beach & views of waterfall: note that hiking to the waterfall is *not* permitted as it is on land considered sacred to the native Hawaiians.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank teslatours
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Highlight of the trips were seeing the horses. We drove down in a jeep. The park ranger was very friendly. Weather was not great. We were hoping to hike at the bottom but so many of the trails were closed. There are a lot of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jonejer
Reviewed October 18, 2018

This is sort of like the Napali Coast where you get a view on the coastal area. We did the hike to the waterfall in Kauai and reached the waterfall. This time on Big Island we chose not to do the hike as you do...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank yowhatimean
Reviewed October 15, 2018

There are several sets of waterfalls in the valley. Some are on Private land and you should get permission to enter. Each and every falls I have seen are strikingly beautiful in their own way. DO NOT ENTER THE VALLEY UNLESS YOU HAVE A 4x4...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 19, 2018|
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Response from teslatours | Reviewed this property |
Only drive down if you have 4WD and know how to use LO. It's very steep and will be fine as long as you know how to operate your vehicle and have some off-road 4WD experience. Otherwise, I'd take the shuttle and leave lots... More
Randy K
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Adasilva72 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any vehicle except four wheel drive. I imagine you could drive up and down the trail with two wheel because the road is paved. The challenge you will face is crossing the streams and climbing up and down the... More
April 26, 2018|
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Sorry Kukulimonku! Your answer was very helpful! I pushed the wrong button!