Big Island Waterfalls Must-See In Hawaii

Exploring the world-class Big Island waterfalls. This guide breaks down the most popular waterfalls that you can get to on your own. 

The awesome power of nature is unparalleled and truly awe-inspiring. With geological features such as volcanoes, lush valleys, jet-black beaches, snow-capped mountains, and thundering waterfalls.

Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls

If you only have time to see one waterfall, the panoramic view of ‘Akaka is the one to visit. ‘Akaka is a free-falling waterfall, it’s unique in that the water drops down 442 feet.


For those with young children and elderly, the advantage of this waterfall is that you don’t have to hike to see it. At the base of the falls is a natural lava cave formed.

The Boiling Pots is more the highlight in this location as it is within a section of the Wailuku River that has a lot of twist and turns. 



If you’re trying to figure out how you can see the waterfall, the short answer is that because of how deep it’s set in the valley, the best way to see it is from within the valley or from the air.

The Umauma Experience

One of the many water ways that flow from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean and perfectly situated are set of cascades called the Umauma Falls.

Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

This is a well-curated botanical garden established as a not-for-profit and a legacy of education and experiences with incredible biodiversity of flora you won’t find anywhere else on the island.

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