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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
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Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views along the way. Admire the several Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade, a picnic lunch is included.
  • Small group off-road walking tour on Hawaii
  • Travel up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines past traditional villages and famous landmarks
  • Moderate hike past waterfalls and rock formations
  • Learn about the history of Hawaii through water, waterfalls and diverse ecosystems

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Take in coastal views and see beautiful waterfalls; you'll even get the chance to take a dip!
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Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters , 73-5593 A, 73-5593 Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Across the street from Home Depot

6:50 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Please meet us at the Starting Point at our Kailua-Kona Headquarters or for those travelers staying in Waikoloa/Kohala Coast resort areas we also pick up from the following central meeting locations: - Four Seasons Resort Hualalai - Queens' Market Place (near Charley's Thai Restaurant), 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 - Shops at Mauna Lani (in front of the Foodland Store), 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr #100, Waimea, HI 96743 - Kohala Zipline Headquarters, 55-515 Hawi Rd, Hawi, HI 96719
Explore highlights of Kohala, the Big Island’s northwestern coast, on a full-day adventure. The tour starts as you'll pass through the charming plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, and keep an eye out for large marine life offshore, including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the winter). 

Take in spectacular views, and then off road in your 4x4 touring van for brief, bumpy off-road ride along the cliffs. Your destination is the Kohala Ditch Trail, built in the early 1900s to irrigate the surrounding former sugar plantation. Hike approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), passing blasted-out tunnels, ditches and an old aqueduct while your guide shares the history of the plantation and the construction of its impressive irrigation system. Take a break and recharge with a picnic lunch among the beautiful mountainous scenery.

Throughout the relaxed guided walk, see several Kohala waterfalls that dot the lush and diverse landscape Stop at the last fall for a chance to jump into the refreshing pool and cool off under the cascade. Relax on the ride home as we take you back to town.
Stop At:  
Hawaii Forest and Trail
Travelers staying in the Kailua-Kona area meet here to check-in prior to the tour departure. Restrooms are available.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kohala Coast
Enjoy views of the Big Island's amazing coastline and a few of its volcanoes on the way to your North Kohala Adventure
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kohala Zipline
Enjoy a brief convenience stop here at our Kohala Zipline retail store. There are restrooms available for guests as well.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure
Enjoy our one of a kind experience of seeing several different water falls while hiking through private nature reserves and a restored, ancient, Hawaiian agricultural site Cool off with a swim under one of the cascading waterfalls Lunch is provided with a heavenly view of Mokulanikila
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes, boots, sneakers, reef walkers or sport sandals, bathing suits under clothes, short sleeved shirt, and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket and a towel
  • Infants under 3 must be carried in a backpack carrier
  • Children under 4 must ride in a car seat
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum number of 12 people per van
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Forest &Trail
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Our guide Nick was super...
, Aug 2022
Our guide Nick was super knowledgeable and made the tour tons of fun! My parents were able to handle the hike (very easy) and my kids (youngest 7 yo) did it no problem. The best part was being able to swim in the waterfalls at the end of the hike. Worth it to try it!
The amazing falls
, Jul 2022
It was amazing Mark (the guide) very informative and knowledgeable funny too the hike to the falls very easy we took amazing photos good memories I give it 5 Stars and would recommend the tour company to friends and family.
, Jul 2022
Gerry, our tour guide, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the native plants, geography and history of the Island.
Wonderful Waterfall Tour
, Jun 2022
Our knowledgeable, friendly guide, Taro, did a great job informing us about Native Hawaiian history and local culture as he led us to several lovely waterfalls. The highlight was the breathtaking outdoor spot where we ate our packed lunches. It was an awesome tour!
Kohala Waterfalls
, Jun 2022
We had the nicest, handsome tour guide. Rob took us to all the waterfalls and the extra waterfall inside the cave. Rob was also knowledgeable about the trail. The water view from the picnic area was phenomenal. I would recommend this tour if you visit Kona.
Extra personal touch, not just your average tour!
, May 2022
We had a great trip with Hawaii Forest and Trail to the North Side of the Big Island. John and Travis were outstanding. John provided tons of information about the geological history of the island on the quick one hour drive before guiding us along a relatively easy hike (with some slick terrain) filled with great details about the vegetation and Hawaiian legends on our way through the forest to some beautiful private waterfalls. Travis shared his knowledge of the locals and all of the the great places to see and eat. These guys made a great team and really made this tour a perfect beginning to our Big Island adventure. Thanks so much!
Highly recommend
, Apr 2022
This was a fun trip. Me and my husband are from Colorado so we love to hike. Our trail leader was Mark and he's was very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We took a helicopter ride of some of the waterfalls that come off the north end of the island the day after this trip and it just pulled everything together. Definitely a memorable trip.
Seclusion at its best
, Feb 2022
The actual hike, swim at the last waterfall and the view at lunch. Mike our driver was superb with all his historical knowledge. We were blessed with a great group as well.
Guide was great..
, Jan 2022
Our guide was amazing.. there were no off road vehicles like described and tour was over priced.. and workers on The trail throwing debris In The water to make the falls look muddy.. a lot of drive time
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha! Mahalo for taking time to provide your feedback. I would like to connect with you about your experience with us to see what we could have done better - I can be reached directly at 808-331-3624. Mahalo, Jonathan, Director of Sales / Hawaii Forest & Trail
Fun Day
, Dec 2021
Mike was a great tour guide. Awesome family day! The waterfall was beautiful and it was a fun swim. Kids had a fun time.
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It was a beautiful hike,...
, Dec 2021
It was a beautiful hike, but the group stopped so many times. It was very slow for the short distance we hiked. The lunch spot was beautiful. We wouldn’t do it again for the price we paid.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Aloha! Mahalo for providing feedback about your experience. We appreciate you taking the time to discuss the details of your day with us and were glad to hear you did enjoy most of the elements of the adventure. We were sorry to hear that the group dynamics did not meet your expectations which ultimately impacted the speed of the hike. As we mentioned, unfortunately we cannot control who choses to join us and our guides do their best to accommodate everyone while they are with us. Also, we do have Private Ohana Outings available for guests to choose if they would like a more personal & tailored experience. Mahalo for your understanding and we do hope you will choose us again if you visit Hawaii Island. Respectfully, Jonathan / Hawaii Forest & Trail
Beautiful sights to see
, Dec 2021
Mike is an excellent tour guide, very personable and knowledgeable. The spot for lunch was breathtaking, the little town for coffee was really cute and the hike was beautiful. I could have used a little more hiking, but we hike quite often so could have gone further and longer.
Phenomenal adventure 🤙
, Dec 2021
Everything was phenomenal! Mike our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor 😂! The hike was great, views were stunning, lunch was overlooking the 7 valleys (feels like heaven). My family enjoyed the swim (chilly at first but body acclimated and Mike assisted them under the big 💦). This is a definite check in our bucket list. Mike can never retire—-he has a wealth of information including lifelong experiences from his sojourn all over the globe. Thank you Mike for acknowledging us (RN’s) — that was so sweet!
Personal, Fun Tour
, Dec 2021
I like this as a small group, more personal, off the crowd tour to visit a site that has 5 waterfalls. It is very laid back, and you will learn a lot of history, culture and people from the tour guide. And finally you will have a lovely lunch at a place overseeing a beautiful coast that is all just for the small group of yours. Totally recommend it.
Had a most enjoyable time...
, Nov 2021
Had a most enjoyable time and it's all due to our guide /leader "Yoga" Mike. He brought a wealth of information and our trek to the waterfall and surrounding area a most pleasurable experience.
Small group unique hike/experience
, Nov 2021
Our guide, Mike, was truly knowledgeable about the history of the island; personable in getting to know us and relate to others in our group. The hike was mild but the views were spectacular. Definitely a unique experience.
Beautiful scenery....
, Nov 2021
Beautiful scenery. Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Learned so much history about each of the areas we passed and visited
Awesome day!
, Nov 2021
Our guide John was so fun and very knowledgeable about the vegetation, lava, volcanos and Hawaii in general. I would recommend this tour for anyone, there is a hike and steps, but totally doable and the waterfalls and swimming pond was great! Lunch and picnic spot had an outstanding view!
A Waterfall hikes to be experienced and remembered
, Oct 2021
The off beaten tracks to the private waterfalls really bring home one’s experiences. This is a professional touring company with strong/comfortable van for dirt road as well as having knowledgable guide who knows and cares about touring environment. The day ended with a great lunch and majestic view of Hawaii coastline not accessible in common roads. We were so impressed with the tour company that we booked another tour but with their sister company, Kohala Zipline only because of scheduling.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Waterfall Hike.
, Oct 2021
A wonderful hike through a beautiful Hawaiian forest with an extremely knowledgeable guide. The day was finished off with lunch with an outstanding view of Popolu Valley and the Kohala coast.

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