Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:50 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A, 73-5593 Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please meet us at the Starting Point at our Kailua-Kona Headquarters.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience the Hawaiian beauty of the Kohala Waterfalls on this small group Kohala Waterfalls adventure tour. Drive along the Kona coastline and explore the areas where lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountain. You'll also learn about Hawaii's countryside - a place of old sugar plantations, ancient legends and extraordinary natural beauty. Explore a private nature preserve as your interpretive guide brings you to explore streams, waterfalls and bridges. Soak in the amazing view from a private picnic area overlooking a remote valley. Easy walks, gorgeous countryside views and a chance to cool off in a mountain stream make the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure the ideal family adventure in Hawaii!


  • Lunch included
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Family friendly
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4

Know More about this tour

As you drive along the Kona coastline, you can often see splashing spinner dolphins or in the winter months and breaching humpback whales. Pass through the quaint plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I.

At the end of the road, a brief rest stop at the historic Kohala Mule Station offers one of Hawaii's most spectacular coastal views. Then the real fun begins with a bumpy but short off-road drive in the 6x6 Pinzgauer. Ramble through a landscape of rushing streams, towering ocean cliffs and cascading waterfalls!

Once out of the Pinzgauer, you'll step back into the early 1900s when plantation owners began construction of the Kohala Ditch Trail. Along the 1.5 mile (2.4km) loop trail, you'll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct and learn the story of the tremendous effort it took to build the 22 mile (35km) irrigation system. The hike is considered easy to moderate with several short, steep climbs. The total walking distance is up to 2 miles (3.2km).

Seven beautiful waterfalls grace the trail and you can take a refreshing dip in the last pool visited and play under a refreshing cascade. With stunning mountain panoramas, green valleys and the abundant water, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure is a fascinating way for young and old to experience Kohala's "story of water."



Bottled water - Please bring your own water bottles; we will provide re-fillable filtered water

Walking sticks, daypacks and rain gear


Local taxes

Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off

Entry/Admission - Kohala Waterfalls Adventure



Additional Info

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

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

We have developed an approach that introduces a new standard of cleanliness and disinfection to ensure our guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer experience. Implementing strict protocols and using the latest disinfection technology, updated continuously to current State and Federal Guidelines.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Sep-2022

    Garry made this tour awesome. It was not a long hike, but a little bit challenging for some, in places! But the places he took us and the views were phenomenal! The swim was refreshing and fun!

  • 01-Sep-2022

    The tour was amazing! The tour operator knew how to provide a safe and exciting hike. We saw many waterfalls, ate ginger flowers :) yes edible flowers and saw many different plants, trees and fields of guava :) which we got to pick and, but lunch was the highlight! We had lunch on a small area over looking the entire Waipao Valley!!! IT WAS STUNNING!! THE BEST HIKING EXPERIENCE WE'VE EVER HAD!!!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!

  • 01-Sep-2022

    This tour of the waterfalls was fantastic! The falls were so beautiful. You see several of them, all on private property so they can't be seen otherwise. The hike was relatively easy and Mike (our guide) made sure that everyone was caught up before continuing. There were frequent stops often enough. The falls we swam under was really fun and very refreshing on a hot day. Mike was very knowledgeable and helped make the trip very pleasant. The last stop of the day gave you a very special view of Pololu valley. I would do this tour again just for that view!

  • 28-Aug-2022

    Overall I liked our hike, it was easy about a mile round trip, and the fresh water pool was fun. Our guide Mark was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer all the groups questions.

  • 22-Aug-2022

    This was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had, and our guide Nick was absolutely amazing! Super educational and gorgeous scenes. Great people and great memories :)

  • 15-Aug-2022

    The waterfall tour was excellent. A friend and I took our four girls on this adventure, and we had a terrific time. The hike was easy and enjoyable, and there was plenty of time to take a dip at the base of a couple waterfalls. The guide Rob was very knowledgeable about the island and provided us with a great education about the private property upon which the tour was held and the Big Island more broadly. He provided all the gear and snacks you could ever want or need. We finished the day at a stunning overlook for a picnic lunch. Both moms and kids enjoyed the afternoon immensely!

  • 02-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!

  • 30-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.

  • 29-Jul-2022

    We are a family of 6, ages 32-66, that went on a private Kohala Waterfalls Adventure tour. Mark was our excellent, caring, and very knowledgeable guide. He made our experience very special and memorable! We enjoyed the hikes, wading under the waterfalls and the breathtaking panoramic view for our picnic lunch. We truly enjoyed Mark’s vast knowledge of the area and his willingness to share the history, wildlife, birds, plants and the fragile ecosystem. The van was very comfortable and well equipped. Hawaiian Forest and Trails provided complimentary use of backpacks, raincoats, water bottles, and walking sticks. Thank you Mark, for making our waterfall adventure exceptional! Note: I advise bringing water shoes in your daypack. Makes it easier to walk in the waterfall areas with all the rocks and pebbles.

  • 16-Jul-2022

    Gerry, our tour guide, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the native plants, geography and history of the Island.

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