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Waipio Valley, Island of Hawaii

Hike down into dramatic Waipio Valley to see the tallest waterfalls on the island plunging from steep cliffs, a black sand beach, and fields of taro. The valley measures 1.6 km (1 mi) across and 8 km (5 mi) long and the cliffs, and mountains on either side plunge down 600 m (2000 ft). Check out Hiilawe Falls, which drop 400 m (1,300 ft) at the back of the valley. When you reach the beach, you can cross the river that bisects it if the tide is out. Pack a light lunch, wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a hat to make the long, steep hike down from the top of the valley easier. If you choose to drive down, make sure it’s in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, given the bumpy road. You can plan Island of Hawaii trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • We drove right out of the airport, because we knew we'd never go to the north of the island again. Compared to other islands, this giant is so the road took an unusually long time. There is a smaller parking lot, and then a few steps will drive you to the lookout. The view is very nice, but I recommend you find some other things nearby, not to go for so long, just because of the nice view, which, of course, is much more on BI.
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  • Hike is not for faint of heart, but it is well worth it. Black sand warm surf. Enjoyed views and the surroundings. Water has a strong current and strong continuous waves. A must visit.  more »
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  • Amazing experience hiking and beautiful views at the lookout and at the beach. Lots of people rode down to the beach in 4x4s, but if you are relatively fit it's worth it to hike down to the beach. The hike back up is grueling and you have to constantly move over for cars, but its definitely worth the experience.
  • this was an amazing experience, but be prepared for extreme hiking. the road is paved, but with the 25% incline it takes around thirty minutes to go down and 45 min - 1 hr to get back up. Good shoes are a must, and beware it can get slick if its wet. at the bottom of the road, there is an amazing waterfall to the left and the beach you can see from the top to your right. worth the hike, but it was definitely a challenge.

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