Big Island Waterfalls

By: Lenahellsten
The Big Island of Hawaii hosts a number of amazing waterfalls, located around the island with many of them near the city Hilo and if you are visiting this beautiful island you don't want to miss out on visiting some of them.

Only a 10 minutes drive away from Hilo, plus about 10 minutes of hiking through the wild nature you find Akaka Falls. This stunning waterfall cascades down into a pool from a height of more then 400 feet and is one of the most visited waterfalls at Big Island.

On your way up the trail to Akaka you will encounter the smaller, gorgeous waterfall named Kahuna. These two waterfalls, along with the beauty of the trail makes this hike one of you best picks for an extraordinary nature experience. Because of its easy access it's also great if you don't have much time but still want to get in touch with some beautiful landmarks of the Big Island.

On the north side of the island you find Waipi'o Valley. Here you find a lot of cascading waterfalls along the sides of the valley together with nature that is so lush it has an almost magical feel to it.

You can get to the valley by car, and then you preferably take a few hours or more and explore the area on foot. One of the most beautiful waterfalls here is called Hi'ilawe, but you will find hundreds of them, rushing down the hills of the this wonderful valley.

Another gorgeous waterfall, located inland of Hilo is the Rainbow Falls. It's easy to get to, since you're able to drive all the way upfront to it, and it gives you a spectacular view of the water falling down about 80 feet into a large turquoise pool, almost 100 feet wide. In the area are also hiking trails for those that wants to get a closer contact with the nature and to get a different view of the falls. Best time to go here is in the morning, when the sun is rising and shining onto the lush rain forest.

At the World Botanical Garden, a bit further north of Hilo, you find Uma Uma Falls. The garden is quite new and has conserved a lot of the wildness of this area. The waterfall is made up by three levels, pouring into three tranquil pools and being surrounded by lava stones and lush nature. A truly beautiful sight.

If you're visiting this remarkable island, you definitely don't want to miss out on viewing some of its amazing waterfalls. The ones here are some of the best picks and can contribute in making your Hawaii vacation a very special time.
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