Tour the North Side of Big Island with Water Falls, Waipio Valley, Waimea Town- From Hilo

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Activity Level



Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. We do have car seats and booster seats for younger ones.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

The tour to take if the Volcano National Park is closed

This tour is priced for 10 guests. If your group is smaller contact us for pricing a custom tour.

This is a drive around the North loop of the big Island. This tour takes you through some amazing landscapes between the two largest volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

We will see some beautiful waterfalls including Rainbow Falls and the 442 foot Akaka Falls. I will take you on the old highway passing through some rain forest area and along the Onomea Scenic drive.

We will drive up the East side of the Island along the Hamakua Coast on our way to Waipio Valley also referred to as the Valley of the Kings.

Experience a Hawaiian donut called a Malasada at Tex's in Honokaa.
Next you will experience Waimea town the headquarters of Parker Ranch. This is an old cowboy town.


Leaving Hilo we will see Rainbow Falls and then Onomea Scenic drive.
The next stop is the 442 foot waterfall Akaka Falls.
We will then drive up the beautiful Hamakua Coast on our way to Waipio Valley overlook.
We will make a stop at Tex Drive in where you can get a Hawaiian donut called a Malasada.
Then we will continue our drive to Waimea where we will make a stop for lunch.

We will then continue on the loop toward the south of the island until we turn onto Saddle Road which will take us up between the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes. We will see some amazing landscapes where the Mauna Loa lava flows covered vast areas. We will make a stop along the way to walk out on those past lava flows.
Then it is back to the ship

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hilo Cruise Port 8:15am or if ship is later 15 minutes after disembarkation begins.
We will be in large building you enter after exiting your ship. Midway down on right side. We will have a sign with your last name.

End location: Return to Cruise port

Duration: 8 hours

Tour leaves from Hilo side of Island
Tour from Cruise Port will start at 8:15am or if the ship arrives after 8:00am then 15 minutes after disembarkation begins. Best to start early to beat big buses
Or Airport depending on arrival time / Hotel pick up 8:30am


10 passenger Nissan NV Van with air conditioning

What’s Included

My services as your guide for the day.
Transportation by modern, air conditioned vehicle.
Bottled water and chocolate covered macadamias.
Akaka Falls Park Entrance Fee

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 Dollars - For Malasadas and lunch at Waimea.

What’s Extra

You will need to purchase lunch in Waimea where we will stop at a food court with a variety of foods.


If you are in Kona or Waikoloa you may drive to Hilo to begin the tour.

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