Waipio Valley Shuttle
Waipio Valley Shuttle
5
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The Waipi'o Valley Shuttle provides a 90 minute guided tour of Waipi'o Valley. You hear about why the Ancient Hawaiians considered Waipi'o Valley sacred and it's importance to the Hawaiians. You will see the 1200 ft high Hi'ilawe Falls and learn how the Hawaiians used plants found in the valley. Most of the windows have been removed for your viewing pleasure.
Kukuihaele, Hawaii

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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Shannon K
Kansas City, KS11 contributions
Feb 2020
This was one of the best afternoons we had this last trip to the Big Island! Our very knowledgeable and wonderful tour guide, Kaleo (apologies if I am misspelling his name), is a local young man who grew up in Waipio Valley, provided so much incredible inside stories and history of this wonderful place. We saw beautiful waterfalls, wild horses, farms, said hello to some locals and had plenty of time to take some very nice photos.
The check-in spot at the Art Gallery has some wonderful pieces. We purchased some ceramic magnets and postcards. Not everything they offer is super expensive, they have lots of affordable choices.
Please take the time and do this tour! You will not regret it and will go away with wonderful memories. We are so glad we did this tour and will do it again in the future.
Written March 8, 2020
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C D
Wickenburg, AZ5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Hili did a fantastic job of educating us all on the fascinating history of the valley as well as the various plants and trees! He put safety first on the drive down and up the valley. Recommend this way of seeing the valley to avoid the hike or renting a 4wd vehicle. Thanks Hili!
Written February 2, 2020
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Lennae W
2 contributions
Dec 2020
This was my second time visit Waipio Valley. The first time I hiked. My friend and I really enjoyed taking the shuttle. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and took time to even teach us about some of the vegetation in the valley. He was very friendly. I'm sorry I can't remember his name. He stated that he had family who still lives in the Valley.
Written December 28, 2020
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Valle&Pablo
Berkeley, CA3 contributions
May 2021
Doing this tour is a very convenient option if you have limited time on the island and you want to schedule multiple things for only a few days, like we did. We could get to enjoy the wonderful sights in the valley, and we had a very pleasant ride with our guide Douglas, who was very fun and informative. We highly recommend this!
Written May 31, 2021
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P H
Langhorne, PA.6 contributions
May 2021
A tremendous experience, it is a trip back to a time and place of long ago.
Dripping in tropical fauna and flora, fresh water ponds and streams, waterfalls and wild horses, rich in culture and history, only 100 indigenous people live down there today, this is a very special place, one to be cherished.
This spectacular trip was made perfect with our tour guide, Kaleo, he was born and raised in the valley, he was very informative and great representative and ambassador for the company and valley, before we started our decent into the valley, our guide, Said a prayer and asked for a blessing as an offering to the spirits of the valley.
Would highly recommend this tour, if you do only one on Big Island, this is the one.
Driving a 4 wheel drive vehicle down is an option, but definitely not recommended. It is a very, very steep and winding road down, as well as extremely narrow, so sit back and relax with Waipio Valley Tours, and get educated as well as aesthetically pleased.
This is the breadbasket of Hawaiian history and culture, and every attempt to preserve and nurture this place should be made, to make sure this place lives on forever as it is, was and hopefully will always be.
Please, if at all possible, consider a tour or a hike down, rather than your own vehicle, to lessen the carbon foot print.
Mahalo
Written May 30, 2021
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pamelawX8755ZY
3 contributions
Apr 2021
We had a total of 9 people on board which was great as we were able to spread out. Our driver, Douglas, was wonderful. He shared his vast knowledge of the valley having grown up there, and his sense of humor kept us smiling. We were fortunate to have had a perfect day weather-wise. Everyone involved was very professional and friendly and, most importantly, very conscious of the COVID protocols necessary. It's a must-see adventure at least once!
Written April 20, 2021
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coloparkers
Highlands Ranch, CO483 contributions
Feb 2022
Taking this tour was so much more meaningful than simply driving your own car down into the valley or walking. If you're considering walking it's about a mile each way with a 900 vertical foot descent and ascent. Not an easy hike for certain.

If you went by yourself, you wouldn't get the commentary and explanations and stories. Douglas was our guide and he went out of his way to make the experience special for everyone. He brought alfalfa snacks to feed the wild horses on the valley floor, picked fruits and flowers for us to smell and taste and touch and even brought fruit from his backyard for us to try. We heard stories about the valley's history as well as a few of his own personal stories about growing up in Hawaii.

It was definitely well worth the time and money to take this tour. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
Written February 13, 2022
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Travel bean 997
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Enjoyable ride into the Valley. Glad we didn’t do it ourselves ! Forest was a great guide very engaging and knowledgeable and we we enjoyed the rides through the river, wild horses, taro patches, and waterfall view. There are two stops - one for pics of waterfall ( in distance) and one by the river at the end of the road. Does not stop by the black sand beach. Windows are all open no glass so views are great. Wear big spray and bring a raincoat .
Written July 24, 2021
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Ashville
Ewa Beach, HI1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Had an awesome time with Gary. He was very knowledgeable on the trip, took his time to give us a whole experience. Plus we wouldn’t have trusted any other drive to get us up and down the road as safely as Gary. He even stopped when we saw wild horses and gave us food to let horses eat from our window
Written July 7, 2021
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Theora M
11 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Easy to book, good confirmations and info for arrival, quality vehicles, and welcoming gallery with restrooms on site. Our driver Forrest made the day. He was skilled driving the crazy 25%-grade road. As a former resident, he was very knowledgeable of the Valley history (natural & human), besides being entertaining and kind. The scenery was dramatic despite drought. Our trip was unexpectedly shorter than usual due to unannounced road issues beyond the tour operator's control, yet they immediately provided a partial refund without even being asked. That is stellar customer service. 5 stars plus a few!
Written January 26, 2023
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