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6 days ago

The bay and snorkeling are worth the hike down. Today the heat on the way back up was brutal, we had plenty of water and it was a hard climb out after snorkeling and enjoying the water, we hike regularly in Oregon at higher elevations with no issues. Be prepared and if you’re questioning your abilities I would recommend a boat tour over the hike.

Mountain goats were a huge surprise—saw maybe two dozen of them. Once at the water, I set my pack down to go for a swim and had to come back because a Mongoose was going inside my backpack. About a dozen Mongoose showed up, so I had to hang my pack from a branch. Saw some amazing yellow fish playing in the water around Captain Cooks death memorial stone. Beautiful small finch like bird with a red head was super curious about my trail food. A little strenuous going back up, but we got hit with a monsoon like downpour which was a morale boost. Loved the trail—one of
My favorite hikes of all time. Watch out for boars too. We definitely heard them around near the upper portion of the trail in the thick grass.

Super overgrown at top of trail. Wouldn’t recommend for someone out of shape since the hike back is a strenuous one. Solid hike though and the bay is worth it.

Nice nature trail! Needed 1 hr each way

Wear a swimsuit and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. We took the road to the left of the steep to view the falls. Then walked until we could go no further without trespassing. It was fun to explore, plus we saw a lot of horses in the road. But nothing else to see beyond the clear view of the falls. Going back towards the road to the black sand beach was very muddy. The black and beach is gorgeous and the sand is so soft. if you like to walk barefoot in the sand I suggest bringing a small towel to clean your feet before you put your sneakers back on to hike back up. The steep road down is about 1 mile , but feels like 2 miles going back up. With the humidity and getting waist deep wet to cross to the other side of the black sand beach; I was sweaty once we returned to the Waipio Lookout. I was so glad I had packed a dry pair of clothes to change into in the car. Overall we spent about 3.5 hours hiking and enjoying nature there. So beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail last year. It was cool and the rangers definitely push people towards this trail. The one across the street is far cooler. Both are closed, apparently, due to recent volcano activity.

Hike was not difficult. Parking was easy on both side of road. Signs marked the beginning of the trail and stone piles marked the trail until the wooden board walk to view the petroglyphs. We brought water. It was sunny and a light breeze sometimes. There was a warning sign about fumes but we didn’t experience any problems.

This was an amazing trail with the most amazing views! The hike starts in a tropical like jungle, descends through a lava field, back into the woods, and then finally you arrive at the prize! Turn left at marker 8 to find the monument and snorkel bay. Warning: The grass gets extremely thick and overgrown at times. I recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms. My daughter got cut in the face and neck by the blades. But this was only for maybe 1/3 of the trip. If you have hiking boots, bring them. I promise you will be glad you did. Lastly, PLEASE bring enough water to last both ways. I wouldnt dare try this hike after 7am. The hike back up in the October sun was brutal.

This is not a hike but it is a pretty Falls. You cannot get down to the actual water. There are rails to prevent that.

1 month ago

Amazing experience.

Very interesting to see green sand, and yes it is really green. But you actually don't have to walk all 3 miles, the sand starts getting green way before that but the big green beach is 3 miles.

The road to the beach is extremely rough so consider well whether to take your car. Some locals also offer to take you there. We dont know how much they charge.

Okay falls, no hiking allowed

Very interesting to see this lava tube as it is free of charge compared to other lava tube visits that charge $25 pp. We believe this was sufficient to explore a lava tube and we went all the way to the far end which was interesting.

Great trail, bring a lot of water, like a lot of water. Easy to go down, super hard to go up.

This is an excellent trail marked by cairns across a.hundreds-year old lava bed, which ends at a boardwalk around thousands of Petroglyphs. Well worth the stop, and bring water.

This trail is cool if you want to access to a nice snorckelling spot, first part in the forest and second part in the stones decor with nice view on the ocean, if you go at 17:00-18:00 you can see a wonderdul sunset !!

Tips: take lots of water (I drank 6 liters); start early in the morning (I started at 8:45); go West to reach the farthest west of the valley and cross at the sandbar where it is only thigh deep; go east to see Kuluahine Falls—hug the coastline until you reach it (it will go out of view before you get there); take your time going back up to take in the fauna and views and if you’re lucky (like I was) you’ll see wild horses

Yes, bring enough water. No, it's not like Hunger Games where everything try to kill you as written down below in other review. Yes, it's really humid. No, don't skip this hike. I'm 33 years old average hiker with beer belly and took us (with my girlfriend) 35 minutes down and 43 minutes back. Interresting hiking but more than that, great for snorkeling. We saw 20 dolphins playing and jumping from water and swam with them. Don't be affraid and just enjoy the show if you are lucky. It's remain a hik, not a walk in a park.

Tons of fun - jungle, ocean views, crystal clear water and a historical monument.

Amazing and beautiful. A must see. And check out the beautiful bench on the other side of the beach made for sunsets :)

hiking
1 month ago

No a hike, just a parking lot with a waterfall.

Not much of a hike but an absolutely amazing waterfall! Unfortunately your not able to get very close to it but definitely worth checking out.if your spending any time on the big island.

At the head of this trail is a sign that states and I quote “ bring plenty of water, approximate hiking time 2-4hrs”
Please take this sign literally and seriously! Do not attempt this hike as we personally witnessed today if you are +60 yrs and not in good shape, have no water with you, wearing sandals, long summer style dress or convinced to do so by someone who is into hiking and YOUR NOT! Took myself who is not a strong hiker, 3hrs 15 min to go to the bottom and come back. Top of the trail is overgrown with tall razor grass and brush. If you have ANY issues with spiders, bugs, this is NOT the hike for you. If it’s raining or you don’t have proper footwear, do not attempt! The trail at the top is smooth rock that would be slippery if wet, bottom of the trail is mainly loose rocks. Remember for every step down the trail, there is an equal number of steps out. Although I made it in and out, my hiking partner (wife) only went 3/4 of the way because she knew her limitations.

Bring LOTS of water and proper footwear....

Très beau trail, nous l'avons fait en après midi il faut compter à peu près 2h30. La remontée est sportive car plein soleil et avec une bonne montée la végétation est dense sur la deuxième partie. Ce spot permet avec de la chance, d'apercevoir voir de nager avec les dauphins. Un beau spot de snorkeling (cassdédi à bat et rom). A faire !

It was worth the hike to snorkel in this bay, we did get caught in the rain hiking out.

This hike is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the Great views and snorkeling. Save water and energy for the hike out.

easy down, hard back, but great hike. overgrown tall grasses for first half because it's not formally maintained. The monument, water, and fort rains we're excellent.

The path is a paved loop. I’m glad we started right because we witnessed the lush rainforest then worked our way towards the waterfall. I realize the beauty of paved paths is you don’t have to watch your step (as much) and you can actually take in your surroundings. The path takes you by rivers, bamboo, flowers, lookouts, and other sights.

We did get a few bug bites the size of quarters, which itched for almost a week. It’s been over a week now and they’re still there though smaller. Yes, we wore bug spray.

Shouldn’t get wet on this trail, as it’s far from the fall itself. Sometimes you’re in a canopy and sometimes open air. The hike is easy. I took my grandpa and he loved it.

The entrance fee is cash only but there’s an atm. There is a bathroom onsite too. My uncle asked for the dried bananas sold off the road to here, so those must be good.

Enjoy!

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