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Kohala Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

Big Island: 3-Hour Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

1. Big Island: 3-Hour Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

Start your adventure in Hawi, and get geared up and ready to jump into the Pinzgauer for your oceanfront trek up the zipline. The 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel make this the only full canopy tour on Hawaii Island. This significant forest reserve is part of the Halawa Lands of King Kamehameha.  Certified canopy guides will inspire you with stories and legends of Kohala while you zip from tree to tree in a completely natural setting. Rely on unique interpretive elements, innovative course design, expert guides, and compliance with the highest level of safety standards to make this adventure extremely safe, accessible and engaging. Stop for a re-energizing snack and drink break. Watch your fellow zippers fly through the trees as you catch your breath and prepare for round two! Finally, repel back down to land! Jump back into the Pinzgauer along the coastline back to the meeting point.

Big Island: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Sail from Waikoloa

2. Big Island: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Sail from Waikoloa

Explore the Waikoloa and Kohala Kona coastline aboard a 54-foot sailing catamaran. Catch the moment the sun slips below the horizon while you enjoy the cruise with a loved one. You may even see the green flash.  Board from Anaehoomalu Bay to snorkel, sail, and relax. The custom-designed sunset-orange and maile lei sail is a stunning contrast to the azure Pacific as it sails along the blue Pacific ocean. Bask in the romance and relaxation of a stunning Kona-Kohala sunset cruise.  While you are on board, benefit from snacks and beverages served to you. Enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, two free bar drink tickets per adult, or purchase extra alcoholic beverages to feel at ease all night.

Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

3. Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history.  Begin your journey by traveling along the Kohala coastline enjoying the ocean views. After arriving in the historic and quaint town Hawi enjoy a fun off-road adventure that will take you onto a private nature reserve that once served as a sugarcane plantation.  Once at the trailhead enjoy your relaxed trail walk, experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip after your hike under one of the private waterfalls and bask in the cool, cascading mountain water.  Then ramble down to an exclusive cliffside overlook of the Pololu Valley and valleys beyond to enjoy a picnic style lunch. With an opportunity to swim at a waterfall and stroll the quaint plantation village of Hawi, this is the perfect tour for all ages.

Big Island: Full-Day Kohala Zipline and Waterfall Adventure

4. Big Island: Full-Day Kohala Zipline and Waterfall Adventure

Start your adventure in Hawi, and jump into the Pinzgauer (an Austrian military vehicle) for your oceanfront trek up the zipline. The 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel make this the only full canopy tour on Hawaii Island. Certified canopy guides will inspire you with stories and legends of Kohala while you zip from tree to tree in a completely natural setting. Rely on unique interpretive elements, innovative course design, expert guides, and compliance with the highest level of safety standards to make this adventure extremely safe, accessible and engaging. Next, head to a private picnic spot on a cliffside overlook of the Pololu Valley. After an energizing deli-style lunch, take an off-road trip up to your oceanfront trek to the waterfalls. Walk on the edge of a private nature reserve that once served as a sugarcane plantation. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces, and intimate waterfalls. Enjoy a refreshing dip under one of the private waterfalls to complete your tour.

Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

5. Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

After hotel pick-up from Kona and Kohala area hotels, head toward Waipio Valley while passing through Waimea and Parker Ranch, before switching to a 4WD van to descend into the majestic Waipio Valley. As you traverse shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna, your guide will share the stories and legends of this special place while you marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet in the back of the valley. Marvel the rugged sea cliffs and mile-long black sand beach as you head back to Waipio Valley lookout for the stunning views as you enjoy a gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, continue the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering Akaka Falls, which plummet 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. If weather permits, you will get to swim or kayak under a private waterfall to cool down after a short hike. In Hilo, you will visit the famous Rainbow Falls, and explore an ancient lava cave to learn more about the volcanic processes that continue to shape the Big Island. The adventure ends with the return to Kona or Kohala Coast resorts via Saddle Road nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea, and the world’s most massive mountain.

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What people are saying about Kohala Mountains

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Our guide Mark was amazing. He was prompt and very knowledgeable. He ensured everyone in our group was safe and had a pleasant experience. We enjoyed the most beautiful picnic lunch with incredible views of the coastline before returning back to Kona.

Me and my husband had a wonderful experience on our tour! Our host Derek was incredible and made a lasting impression on us. We highly recommend! It’s most definitely a must see!

So fun. We did things you couldn't do on your own like a private waterfall to swim under, and a 4 wheel drive into Waipo valley. Just beautiful.

Nic was an amazing tour guide and took great pictures of us. The picnic spot was so amazing, probably the best views we saw of Hawaii

Loved the sunset sail. The staff was amazing and such a great way to watch an amazing sunset.