Hilo Tropical Wonders in Hilo, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail1672 Kamehameha AvenueHilo, HI 96720
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Offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail in Hilo, Hawaii, Hilo Tropical Wonders lets guests enjoy a unique outdoor experience exploring historic landmarks, scenic byways, and a family-owned tropical fruit farm during an interactive two-and-a-half-hour tour. Guests can also enjoy tasting tropical fruits and nuts near Rainbow Falls, traveling historic highways in Hilo, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hilo Travel Experts
  • About a ½ mile of walking required during the tour.
  • Tour duration: approx. 3.5 hours.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and bring a light jacket.
  • Tour includes coffee and farm food tasting.


from Hilo Tropical Waterfalls
Explore the rich heritage of Hilo as you travel Old Hawaii's charming back roads and scenic byways to visit historic landmarks, beautiful waterfalls, and a family-owned tropical fruit farm. Enjoy an intimate group setting as your Interpretive Guide leads you on a trip back through time and taste the bounty of Hawaii Island.

- Learn the history of Hilo while being driven along the bay shore
- View 4 different waterfalls from almost every angle
- Exclusive access to one of North America's largest tropical fruit farms
- Sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts from a private gazebo overlooking world-famous Rainbow Falls
- Enjoy a locally made lunch while taking in stunning views
- Swim, Kayak or Paddle under a 120 foot private waterfall

Operation/Tour Time:
- Departure daily from HFT Hilo Headquarters
- Duration: 3.5 hours

Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. Swimsuit, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and a light sweatshirt or jacket recommended.

Includes: Use of daypacks, walking staffs, and rain ponchos.

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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
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Overall, the Mauna Kea Sunset Tour had been amazing to be apart of. The food that we ordered had been surprisingly good, really adding to the overall quality of the trip and organization. Our guide, Taj, had been awesome- well knowledgeable, polite, funny and welcoming to everyone. We cannot stress it enough, dress warm for the summit! Even with coats and gloves that the tour provides, it still gets really cold up there- make sure you have an extra pair of socks and long pants to keep the rest of your body warm. Well worth the cold though, as we would do it again anytime!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed the Summit and Stars Tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail. Some highlights of the tour for me were the sunset, the delicious brownies, and of course the stars. On the way up, the clouds and vog seemed concerning, but they cleared up. It was cool to see so many stars and constellations, including the southern cross and Maui's fish hook. This type was great!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
Everything was great about this company. From the person I booked with on the phone to the terrific guide who hiked us through the trails to the waterfalls and drove us in the giant jeep(forgot the proper name). All people who worked for this company were knowledgeable, upbeat, and a whole lot of fun!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
We did this tour on June 13, it was the dark of the moon and the perfect night to do it! Geraldo was our guide and he was awesome. He gave us lots of really interesting information about the mountain and Hawaii. We stopped at the Sheep Station for dinner and to acclimate to the altitude. The meal was very good and hot! Then we headed up the rest of the mountain. What a ride that is! I was very glad that we had decided not to do it on our own. Geraldo was so great with the telescope, making sure we all had turns to see and learn how to use the telescope. The warm brownies and hot chocolate were a great treat before our star gazing. This turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip and I'm so glad we did it. We have never been disappointed by Hawaii Forest and Trail, they are top notch.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
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What a wonderful adventure! Stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center and then to the top of the mountain above the clouds for a beautiful sunrise! Justin was very personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hilo Tropical Waterfalls

How much walking do we do?
Tour guides will stop a couple of times throughout the adventure for short walks of less than 200 yards.

Is there elevation gain?
Minimal elevation gains on the walks. Most trails are flat and level.

What should I bring?
You should bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a light jacket.

How long is this tour?
It is about 2.5 hours round trip

How many people does this tour take?
Tour is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine. Guides will bring raingear for everyone. They only cancel when the weather makes transportation or walking hazardous.

How do we get to Hawaii Forest and Trail Headquarters?
The headquarters is located on Highway 19 about three miles north of the town Kailua-Kona across from the Honokohau Harbor entrance on the 'mountain side' of the highway behind the Tesoro gas station.

What about tipping the guides?
In considering a gratuity for your guide, please consider the following: did you feel welcomed, was the tour operated safely, did the guide provide for your care and comfort, was the tour enjoyable, educational and engaging?