Top Adventures in Waimea

  • Explore Waipi'o Valley

    From the parking area, walk down the narrow, crazy steep four-wheel drive road for 0.75 mile until the road levels. A few 4WD vehicles, either foolhardy (tourist) or knowledgable (local) may be inching up and down. Head to the right toward the bea...

    3 miles

  • Backpack Waimanu Valley

    Prep: Before you go, you must book purchase a permit/campsite for the number of nights that you wish spend. You can get the permits online from the State of Hawaii Department of Natural Resources Website. There are 9 sites located within the val...

    15.3 miles 7300 ft gain

  • Photograph Waipi'o Valley

    Located near the northern tip of the Big Island, Waipi'o Valley is one of the most beautiful views that you can experience in all of Hawaii. Waipi'o Valley is an hour and 30 minute drive from Kona and an hour and 10 minutes from Hilo. To access th...

    0.4 miles

  • Catch a Sunset at Kauna'oa (Mauna Kea) Beach

    Mauna Kea is known as one of the most picturesque beaches on the Big Island, if not the world. This beach is predominately a sandy bottom and only gets about 10 feet deep, making it an easy and safe place for a swim. If you spend the entire day he...

  • Horseback Ride on Kohala Mountain

    Enjoy a 2 hour horseback ride on Kohala Mountain in Waimea on the north side of the Big Island! There are several ranches in the area through which you can take a guided tour - I would recommend Paniolo Adventures, but you can look up the ranches ...

  • Hike the Awini Trial along the Kohala Coast

    Take Hwy. 270 along the northern Kohala Coast and all the way to the end at the Pololū Valley overlook. You can park almost anywhere along the road there (besides the private homes), but spots fill up so get there early.Start at the Pololū Valley ...

  • Catch a Sunset at Anaehoomalu Point

    This beach is a great if you're looking for a more secluded beach in Waikoloa Village.  Rarely are there more than ten people there even during sunset when people flock to the beach.   If you aren't staying at the Hilton next door then this spot i...

    0.5 miles 20 ft gain

  • Explore Lapakahi State Historical Park

    Drive north along the Akoni Pule Highway for approximately 45 miles. When you reach Lapakahi State Historical Park, turn left of of the highway and find a parking spot.  The fishing village itself consists of several volcanic rock walls along the ...

    1 miles 50 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset and Stargaze at Mauna Kea's Summit

    While you can drive right to the summit of Mauna Kea on the 14 mile access road, the last 7 miles are on a very bumpy dirt road, so make sure your vehicle has plenty of clearance and good tires. All wheel drive will help a lot.The drive up is amaz...

  • Hike to Makalawena Beach

    From the parking area at Kekaha Kai State Park, it's about a 20-30 minute walk to the beach. The walk is through black lava fields and is very exposed. Depending on how much gear you're carrying, it could seem like an eternity by the time you hit ...

  • Explore Wawaloli Beach

    Located just south of Kailua-Kona International Airport, Wawaloli Beach is a hidden gem that many tourists miss completely on the way out of the airport.   To get there just simply turn into the Natural Energy Lab on Makako Bay Dr from Queen Ka'ah...

  • Relax at Honokohau Beach

    Stop first at Hal Ho'okipa, the park visitor information center. It[s about 4.1 miles south of Kona Airport. Its a neat little building where you can pick up a map and learn more about the area. From there you can take the 0.5 mile Ala Hele Ike Ha...

    0.5 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Hawi, Hawaii

      Aloha Cottage

      For a more quiet, intimate Hawaiian retreat, check out the Big Island's northern coastline. Away from the bustling visitor areas, the Always in Season's, Aloha Cottage offers privacy and comfort ma...

      From $120/night

    • Hawi, Hawaii

      Farmstead Suite

      You can stay nearby and enjoy the laid-back vibe of the Big Island at the Always in Season, Farmstead Suite. Homegrown foods are available for your table with island fruits, avocados, and vegetabl...

      From $160/night

    • Hilo, Hawaii

      Unforgettable Waterfall Farmhouse

      The gentle, soothing sound of the tumbling water invites you to step into the private swimming pool at the waterfall's feet. Forgot a towel? No problem. Your two-bedroom Ohana apartment is just a f...

      From $130/night

    • Hilo, Hawaii

      Enchanting Waterfall House

      Allow nature to take over your senses here. Listen to the sound of the private waterfall steps from the front porch. Watch the birds soar through the vivid blue sky. Smell the way the scent of the ...

      From $180/night

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