Hilo Tropical Wonders in Hilo, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu Street #AKailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Overview

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

  • 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.

Description

from Hilo Chocolate and Waterfalls
Spend a great half day exploring sleepy Hilo Town. You can visit a local cacao farm, and go swimming under iconic 120-foot waterfalls. Discover Hilo beyond its historic, wooden storefronts as your local guide teaches you about the secrets of this town's rich heritage. 

Our first stop along the tour will be majestic Rainbow Falls. Soak in the view at this picturesque waterfall while your guide describes why this location is such a famous local landmark. From Rainbow Falls you will head up to a spectacular Cacao Farm to explore its 1,000 acres of tropical plants. On the farm, you will learn how cacao goes from "tree to bar" while sampling some delicious chocolate creations.

A 500-meter hike takes you to a breathtaking 120-foot waterfall, and it is all yours to explore. This waterfall is absolutely perfect for swimming. Whilst at this location, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch, accompanied by breathtaking views. 

Highlights:
  • Learn the history of Hilo while being driven along the bay shore

  • View 2 different waterfalls

  • Exclusive access to a local cacao farm with chocolate samples

  • Enjoy a locally made lunch while taking in stunning views

  • Swim under a 120 foot private waterfall


Schedule: Departure daily from HFT Hilo Headquarters, Hilo Pier, Hilo International Airport, and select Hilo resorts. Duration: 3.5 hours.

Rated: Easy; short walks on easy terrain.

Included in tour: Chocolate tasting, lunch, beverages, use of day-packs, walking staffs, and rain-gear.

Menu: Sandwich or salad (turkey, ham, tuna, veggie, or mac nut chicken salad, chips, cookies, sodas, and juice drinks.

Group size: Tour limited to 12 people.

Restrictions: Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. All ages welcome.

What to bring & wear: Swimsuit, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and a light sweatshirt or jacket recommended.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hilo Chocolate and 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?