Drove down to the valley floor. Its a steep hill so its best if you have a 4WD or if you can hitch a ride. The beach is pure black sands, and the waterfalls are incredible!
Our family of four had so much fun! Our guide drove us to the base of the valley, and we hiked from the stables along a mostly flat trail and through some streams where we could see farms and the verdant valley. The horses are gentle, and the guides were very helpful and also hilarious. My husband had never been... More
We have always wanted to hike down and have a picnic on the black sand beach at Waipio Valley. We began our hike down from the Look Out point using the roughly paved switchback road to the bottom. The road is used by locals and tours so you have to frequently step to the side of the road as motorcycles,... More
Love love love Waipio trail... We'd hiked this trail a dozen times... and cursed ourselves everytime we are hiking up... and then do it again everytime we are in Big island! The hike is north of kohala coast... You can stay in kona or waikoloa area but will have to drive up early to make the hike. Best, stay at... More
Waipi'o is an isolated, bucolic gem of taro farms, waterfalls and shaded trails, but it's also down one of the steepest roads in the world and the locals don't take kindly to tourists on 4x4s. The ride with Na'alapa Stables was the perfect way to see the valley, led by locals who know the area intimately and are happy to... More
We walked down the trail to Waipio Valley, but we took advantage of the ride going back up. It is an amazing place. You almost forget you are right next to the ocean. The valley is so lush, green, moist (it gets a lot of rain), and the sounds you hear are waterfalls, rivers, and birds. It is a peaceful... More
We went intending only to see the view from the top. Once there we decided to take the hike down to the valley and black sand beach below. The walk down wasn't too bad at all and well worth the time we spent hiking down. Right before we made it to the beach a local was nice enough to offer... More
Didn't get the chance to go into valley, stayed up top on the parking area, quiet in the late afternoons. Just to sit and hear the surf is what I came to do.
Take shoes that can handle water, like Teva's. You will want them to cross the stream either on the beach or as you walk into the valley a ways. The road actuall goes into a stream for a while (~150 yards), but continues on after. The black sand is so soft, feels really good on your feet.
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