Hilo Tropical Wonders in Hilo, HI

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

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • 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.


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. 

  • 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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Kutchan-cho, Japan
"Friendly staff and warming gift shop"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2020
An excellent place for your trail needs. They have lots of gear in stock and great tours off all kind. They are also very eco conscious. Love these guys!!
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Toronto, Canada
"Experience you and the universe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2020
We did a star gazing tour atop Mauna Kea on Valentine's Day 2020 - about a week after our wedding in Honolulu. Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic and extremely knowledgable - unfortunately his name escapes me right now - making for an incredible experience. I couldn't recommend this incredible excursion more!
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Los Angeles, California
"Great Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2020
What a day, enjoyed a small group hiking tour through though lava tubes ending at a local brewery. Felt like we got into see part of the island that most dont get to see.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Outstanding guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea to see the sunset and stars!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2020
My wife and I are very glad we book wtih Hawaii Forest and Trail for the guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea. The eight-hour trip took care of the hassle of driving to the top of the mountain (4WD is requrired), and Jeff, our guide, was knowledgable about Hawaii's flora, fauna and history. The sunset was mind-blowing and the star-gazing (their trips feature an 11-inch Celestron telescope) was fantastic. An altogether unique and worthwhile trip! How often can you go from sea level to over 13,000 feet!
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London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2020
Had a great trip to the volcanos and lava tube with Angela who was great fun and very knowlegable. Great lunch too
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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?