Hilo Akaka Falls Excursion Reviews

Travel to Akaka Falls State Park to experience the spectacular 422-foot waterfall, one of Hilo's must-see attractions.
Sail Date: January 2019
Start your tour with a leisurely drive through what is known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame for the banyan trees planted by celebrities & vitis Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest ornamental Japanese garden outside Japan. You will also ... Read More
Start your tour with a leisurely drive through what is known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame for the banyan trees planted by celebrities & vitis Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest ornamental Japanese garden outside Japan. You will also view one of Hawaiis Iconic Statue of King Kamehameha. Enjoy expert commentary of Hilo Town as you make your way to Wailuku State Park and the picturesque Rainbow Falls. You will then continue to the majestic Akaka State Park, where you can see two gorgeous waterfalls: 100 foot Kahuna Falls and towering Akaka Falls which plummets 422 feet into an eroded gorge. Continuing with your journey to the famed Nani Mau Gardens where you will see spectacular orchid gardens and other rare plants and tropical fruit. You will sit and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Garden Restaurant. Finally on the way back to the Pier you will discover a world of marine science at the only black-sand beach in the Hilo region. There are steps at the falls. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: August 2018
Excellent tour of Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls
Excellent tour of Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
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Sail Date: June 2018
Tour bus driver took us to Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, a Rainforest zoo, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Beautiful views of the waterfalls, even though it was raining. The zoo was an unexpected treat - many exotic birds and ... Read More
Tour bus driver took us to Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, a Rainforest zoo, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Beautiful views of the waterfalls, even though it was raining. The zoo was an unexpected treat - many exotic birds and animals, often roaming amongst the guests. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: April 2018
Very beautiful excursion and excellent guide the falls were great.
Very beautiful excursion and excellent guide the falls were great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: March 2018
Zoo was boring, falls pretty but would not do again.
Zoo was boring, falls pretty but would not do again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: January 2017
Very interesting to see Hilo. Falls are beautiful and you do need to walk to the falls.
Very interesting to see Hilo. Falls are beautiful and you do need to walk to the falls. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: January 2017
All lthe falls were lovely and the trip went smoothly
All lthe falls were lovely and the trip went smoothly Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Sail Date: November 2016
Enjoyed our bus driver and his knowledge of the area and he even handed out bottled water and macadamia nuts at no charge.
Enjoyed our bus driver and his knowledge of the area and he even handed out bottled water and macadamia nuts at no charge. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: November 2016
Beautiful but not for those who can't handle a lot of steps to make the full loop
Beautiful but not for those who can't handle a lot of steps to make the full loop Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: October 2016
Good driver/tour guide who gave us a lot of fun information about the area. Akaka Falls were beautiful and worthwhile seeing. There was some walking and climbing which seemed to cause some people some difficulty.
Good driver/tour guide who gave us a lot of fun information about the area. Akaka Falls were beautiful and worthwhile seeing. There was some walking and climbing which seemed to cause some people some difficulty. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: September 2016
It was nice. the guide was good, but the falls and other things we saw ( farms) caves were not particularly amzing. we see these all the time at home.
It was nice. the guide was good, but the falls and other things we saw ( farms) caves were not particularly amzing. we see these all the time at home. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: September 2016
We started out first going to Akaka Falls which I was unable to go down to see because I was having balance issues and had already fallen once. I looked at it from above. We than went to the zoo which was okay but nothing exciting. Ended ... Read More
We started out first going to Akaka Falls which I was unable to go down to see because I was having balance issues and had already fallen once. I looked at it from above. We than went to the zoo which was okay but nothing exciting. Ended up at the Moana Loa Macedamia factory where we had delicous ice cream and did some shopping. I would not recommend this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2015
Pretty area with great waterfalls and tropical vegetation. It was a nice day so it made it more enjoyable. The walking track has railing so it is easy to walk along.
Pretty area with great waterfalls and tropical vegetation. It was a nice day so it made it more enjoyable. The walking track has railing so it is easy to walk along. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2015
Our guide was great and very caring. With most of us senior citizens, he took care that nobody was left behind and provided us with umbrellas, drinks & snacks.
Our guide was great and very caring. With most of us senior citizens, he took care that nobody was left behind and provided us with umbrellas, drinks & snacks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: February 2014
Disappointing water falls. If you have walking difficulties, you may not be able to get to the viewing area. Also be careful of straying off the path as one lady with us stepped into the bog on the side of the path and sank down to her ... Read More
Disappointing water falls. If you have walking difficulties, you may not be able to get to the viewing area. Also be careful of straying off the path as one lady with us stepped into the bog on the side of the path and sank down to her knee losing her shoe in the process. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: August 2013
Loved the volcano hike, very tough terrane, 4 hours mostly in full sun. After hike group was taken to park headquarters for lunch. Turkey and cheese wraps were quite warm having been kept in a plastic bin in the hot van with no ice! With ... Read More
Loved the volcano hike, very tough terrane, 4 hours mostly in full sun. After hike group was taken to park headquarters for lunch. Turkey and cheese wraps were quite warm having been kept in a plastic bin in the hot van with no ice! With mayo and sprouts inside. Note to tour operator...proper food storage is more than just a good idea; it's potentially deadly. One bite then in the trash, leaving a bag of chips for lunch.We stopped on the way back to Hilo (1 hour drive time) at Mauna Loa tourist trap, er....candy factory for a factory tour. Nothing to see there, operation is closed, so just shopping opportunity.Once back in Hilo, Akaka Falls was another 1 hour drive north. All nine people groaned when we realized this. Sweaty and tired after a 4 hour hike, if I would have known 2 more hours in that van stuck to the plastic seat was ahead I would have bailed out in Hilo and taken a taxi back to the ship. This day was WAY too long and WAY too much drive time.Especially since we essentially had a bag of chips to eat all day! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2013
Given a choice, we usually take the waterfall tours. The scenery was spectacular and of course the weather was perfect! Since neither my wife nor I are much at shopping and since walking long distances are not our cup of tea, well, guess ... Read More
Given a choice, we usually take the waterfall tours. The scenery was spectacular and of course the weather was perfect! Since neither my wife nor I are much at shopping and since walking long distances are not our cup of tea, well, guess what. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: February 2013
Nut store - can get the same nuts in the midwest for less. Same brand. County zoo - animals sick, o.k.. at best between rain showers Falls was mostly rain filled. Dangerous steps were discouraged by driver-guide.
Nut store - can get the same nuts in the midwest for less. Same brand. County zoo - animals sick, o.k.. at best between rain showers Falls was mostly rain filled. Dangerous steps were discouraged by driver-guide. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2013
On the dock we chose a waterfall tour with Authentic Hawaiian Adventures. We waited until the guide found enough people (7 total) to begin the tour. The 15 passenger bus was more than adequate for our little group but still allowed for an ... Read More
On the dock we chose a waterfall tour with Authentic Hawaiian Adventures. We waited until the guide found enough people (7 total) to begin the tour. The 15 passenger bus was more than adequate for our little group but still allowed for an intimate tour. The guide, Kamaki, was very knowledgeable about Hawaii's history, geography, and vegetation. We stopped at the Liliuokalani Gardens that are near the cruise port, then made the scenic trip to Akaka Falls. Leaving the falls we stopped at a roadside fruit stand to sample fresh coconut and tropical fruits. We then stopped at a pastry shop for some lunchtime snacks. Back on the bus we continued to the Rainbow Falls in Hilo. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2013
Rain and Wind
Rain and Wind Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: December 2012
I enjoyed the tour, but since we had several stops, I don't think we were given enough time at each one. I would have liked to linger a bit longer to take pictures.
I enjoyed the tour, but since we had several stops, I don't think we were given enough time at each one. I would have liked to linger a bit longer to take pictures. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: October 2012
Very dissapointed that Bengal Tiger had his day off on our visit.Main reason we booked this excursion.However nice to see Hawaii and our Tour Guide John was Excellent.
Very dissapointed that Bengal Tiger had his day off on our visit.Main reason we booked this excursion.However nice to see Hawaii and our Tour Guide John was Excellent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises