Hilo Waterfalls & Chocolate Farm Tour

Transportation Included
Lunch Included


  • Magnificent waterfalls, including famous Rainbow Falls
  • Opportunity to swim, kayak, or SUP in a private 120 foot waterfall
  • Explore a Hawaiian chocolate farm, with tastings
  • Lunch at Inn overlooking waterfall
  • Also perfect for Pride of America cruise ship day passengers on Tuesdays (includes transport)
$149 per adult
  • Starts 10:00am
  • Duration 4 hours


COVID-19 UPDATE: This tour is suspended indefinitely with no plans to bring it back, at least not in 2021. Please consider our other waterfall tour.


Explore a Hawaiian chocolate farm and spectacular waterfalls on an intimate tour in the scenic hills above Hilo. You’ll learn all about the chocolate making process, from picking a fresh cacao pod from the orchards to walking through a chocolate factory to of course yummy tastings! You’ll also experience amazing views of tropical waterfalls, including famous Rainbow Falls. After a pleasant jungle walk down to another impressive waterfall (Kulaniapia) on private property, you can swim, kayak, and paddleboard, or just relax by the shore. The tour concludes with lunch at a picturesque spot with more waterfall viewing.

Booking Tips

  • No availability? Please email us (contact@travelshack.com) with requested date(s) and # of people so we can possibly add another van.
  • Arriving in Hilo on a cruise ship (such as the Pride of America on Tuesdays)? This tour picks up and drops off at the Hilo cruise ship port (9:30 am - 2:30 pm).

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Mostly on private property with few if any tourists around (exception: Rainbow Falls)
  • Minimal time stuck in a van, as everything is near each other and very close to downtown Hilo, so you spend the day immersed in nature, not simply being driven around for quick photo ops
  • The most reputable and longest running small group tour operator on the Big Island (over 25 years)
  • Intimate group of only 4-12 people
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Also rated on:

March 2020

Sandra Z wrote:

Rained the entire day and still had a great time. The guide, Brett, was wonderful. Knowledgeable and calm and a great photo taker. Nice feel of the city as you drive around. The waterfalls are beautiful. Chocolate farm also great. The best 70% cacao I’ve ever tasted. Even the lunch was delicious. Can’t recommend highly enough.

February 2020

This small group tour is excellent. Swimming in the waterfall pool was one of the greatest experiences in Hawaii.

February 2020

Julien F wrote:

The tour was excellent. An extra 30 minutes or so at the private falls would have been fantastic, but we were just greedy for more ;-) Our guide Angela wowed us with her friendly and professional demeanor. We would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Guidebook Reviews

Hawaii The Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Rainbow Falls: Not to be missed! If you like waterfalls, it's a perfect example of why you'll want to drive to the Hilo side. Best waterfall in Hilo area.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Top-notch ecotour outfitter with knowledgeable guides

Fodor's Guidebook:

Since 1993, this locally owned and operated outfit has built a reputation for outstanding nature tours and eco-adventures. Sustainability and cultural sensitivity is a company mission. They have access to thousands of acres of restricted or private lands and employ expert, certified guides who are entertaining and informative.

Frommer's Guidebook:

The island’s premier outfitter, this eco-friendly company also has exclusive access to many sites


  • Hilo
  • Hilo
Driving Distances to Hilo
1 hr 15-30 min from Waikoloa
1 hr 30-45 min from Kona

See FAQ below for more pick-up location details.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Recognized at the local, state, and international levels as a leader in sustainable tourism
  • Certified by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association
  • Donates to and partners with local environmental and community organizations
  • Reusable silverware, containers, and water bottles to reduce waste
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Fully refundable until 24 hours prior to activity
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.712% Hawaii sales tax (GET)