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Waipi'o Valley

Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 800-770-0326
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A scenic area of waterfalls and thousand foot cliffs.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 800-770-0326
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best places to go for the best view on the big island. Don't waste your money paying one of the locals to drive you down into the valley. Rent a jeep or 4x4 and head down your self. Trust me...More

2  Thank StuAG
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is fun to drive down but to be honest from the top it is beautiful and not invasive for the locals. We did drive down once and would not again. There are wild horses everywhere and that was beautiful to see. The people are...More

Thank Happy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an experience you will never forget. You can access the valley several ways - walking down a steep slope for several miles, with beautiful scenic views at every turn, taking an ATV down into the valley, taking a van into the valley and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are many ways to visit the Valley. You can look via the overlook. Or you can walk into the valley, take a shuttle, tour on horse back or drive an ATV around the rim. I took the shuttle and the guide was born in...More

Thank Ruggerlynn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a little cloudy and misty the day we visited, but we still had some amazing views to enjoy. We did not walk down to the black sand beach because nobody wanted to swim and hang out at the beach, but the beach looked...More

Thank RHtravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We left Kona at 7am to the hike at 9am (we stopped for coffee at Waimea). No issue with parking when we arrived but it was full by the time we left close to 12pm. Yes it is steep :) but we did it with...More

2  Thank Benjamin-traveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can see Waipio Valley by walking down a very steep and narrow paved road, by taking a 4WD tour to the valley floor down the same road, or if you have use of your own 4WD you could drive down on your own. I...More

2  Thank Jim R
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Waipio valley is a treasure of green nature on this full volcanic island. The lookout will give you the first impression. But don't stay there and go down. It's steep, yes, but not so long... You can also take the shuttle if you don't feel...More

2  Thank gil40100
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is a must do on your sight seeing adventure. To fully appreciate the beauty, rent a 4x4 so that you can make the drive down the hill. Just be careful to follow the driving rules carefully. Space out and yield to the uphill traffic...More

2  Thank Richelle T
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The valley is beautiful but you aren't wanted down there. Some of the locals aren't very friendly and the path to the waterfall has been closed. Unless you book a private horseback riding tour you're not going to see it. The hike down the road...More

2  Thank 97a11
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Mee Hyun H
27 August 2017|
Response from Benjamin-traveler |
Start before 9am ideally. Took us 2hr30mn round trip including a stop at the beach, seeing wild horses, and getting pictures of the waterfall. If you walk fast and do not stop for long, less than 2hrs is doable for sure. 4... More
April D
29 June 2017|
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Response from MAChivers | Reviewed this property |
The horseback tour we took used a shuttle van to drive down to the barn. We then did our horseback ride - you do not dismount during the ride, but I will say my husband was complaining before we went and almost didn't go... More
25 February 2017|
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Response from heybrah | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the group. When you book it, ask if there will be time to walk out to the black sand beach. If there is a majority in the van that wants to do it, then usually the driver may permit it. But keep in mind... More