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Rainbow Falls

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Address: Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-961-9540

Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.

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No rainbow but awesome anyway

Pretty decent hike to the falls, but worth it. No rainbow when we went but still great. Great for all ages, but hike has some length.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
David C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty decent hike to the falls, but worth it. No rainbow when we went but still great. Great for all ages, but hike has some length.

Thank David C
Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came upon rainbow falls today. As we got out of the car, it started to rain. However we still made our way up the steps to the top of the falls. They are very nice and seem to have a higher rating than Akaka Falls. I find that the Akaka falls were more impressive as far as the falls, the... More 

Thank Marie D
Miami Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Many people are captivated by this stunning waterfall and in my opinion is the best, even an adrenaline junky would love this as you can stand on the edge and look down, don't fall because it would be way too much fun as the beauty will stun you. Please go see these falls as it will change your life.

Thank Jason B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rainbow Falls is an impressive waterfall right in the heart of Hilo (see Rainbow Falls photo) surrounded by beautiful, garden-like rain forest (see Tropical Foliage photo). It is somewhat overshadowed by the significantly more spectacular Akaka Fall, which is not far from Hilo. However, that’s hardly fair. Rainbow Falls may not be as high as Akaka, and the lush tropical... More 

Thank Vincent M
West Jordan, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was a little disappointed in Rainbow Falls. It was nice but I expected more. It is actually just a viewing site. It you can't hike then this would be a quick place to drive by and see. Not my favorite.

Thank jshort91
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited Rainbow Falls on our round island day tour. This is a great spot for photographs. And a great introduction to the next, and much bigger Akaka Falls.

Thank Tony Y
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit, but with homes and part of the town as its neighbor, it loses some of its luster. If the sun is out in the morning, you will see the rainbow from up top. Just beware of all of the 50+ passenger tourist busses that dump their passengers there all at once. They come, conquer and are... More 

Thank Kevin J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the main tourist attractions in Hilo. No hiking, just a viewpoint. You can make this a 10 min stop. One cannot always see rainbow. The waterfall looks better from helicopter actually :)

Thank Ina G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Parking close by, no charge, enjoyed the trees as well as the falls. Trees are magnificent, immense.

Thank Ron L
Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Yes, there is a rainbow. The falls are smack up against a hospital and other large-scale development, but there is a narrow scenic area around the falls.

Thank RichmonderCharles

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