Swim Kohala's Secret Waterfalls
Hawi, Hawaii, USA
- Off-road exploration and sightseeing: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kohala coastline as you head off in a six-wheeled Pinzgauer military vehicle into the pristine Hawaiian wilderness.
- Tranquil trek through the forest: Take a short 20-30 minute walk by a stream and cross a gently swaying footbridge on an expedition to find the "secret waterfall" nestled among the ginger and bamboo.
- Exclusive swim: Return for a refreshing swim in the clear, cool waters of a secluded swimming hole safe from the prying eyes of the public under one of three private waterfalls.
- Gear included: No need to worry; we've got you covered. Your tour includes walking staff, raingear, towels, daypacks, access fee, water, and snack bars.
About this Hawi tour
Despite its ongoing popularity among the tourists of the world, Hawaii has never lost the almost primeval purity of its countryside… and no place better exemplifies this than the natural wonders of the Island’s Kohala District.
The "secret" waterfalls found in Kohala are more than mere marketing speak: some of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls are so far off the beaten path that you'd need an airplane or a boat to spot them. Some reach as high as 1,450 feet tall, yet can vanish altogether depending on how much it rains in a given year.
But it is the dormant volcano that gives this district its name that gives rise to some of Kohala’s most interesting features. At an estimated million years old, Kohala Mountain witnessed such momentous moments in history as the last reversal of the Earth's North and South Poles, as well as an enormous tsunami that reached 1,640 feet high, bathing the mountain in fascinating fossils not found anywhere else.
Indeed, some of the rainforests on Kohala Mountain are so high that they get their moisture directly from the clouds instead of relying on precipitation, earning them the name "cloud forests." For generations the people of Kohala have harnessed groundwater from these and other moss-heavy forests, commandeering them through a complex system of irrigation channels and flumes to keep their crops watered.
But while Kohala Mountain may survive magnetic reversals and monster tsunamis, its surroundings may not be so lucky. With this primeval paradise under constant threat from erosion, industrialization, and invasion by alien plant and animal species, you’ll want to visit soon.
Prehistoric bubble wrap
A breed of peat moss growing in the forests of Kohala Mountain may be the oldest multicellular organism in the world. First carried to Hawaii on the wind some 50,000 years ago, this same genetic strain of moss has been cloning itself ever since, giving scientists a rare, living artifact of the caveman days. For residents of Hawaii, however, this caveman moss has a different value altogether. Its millennia-spanning durability makes it the ideal material for packing boxes.
Kohala Zipline Headquarters 55-515 Hawi Rd, Hawi, HI 96720
All tour timings are approximate and may vary depending on guide, weather conditions and interests of the group.
This is a high adventure tour and you should be fit and used to exertion. Plan walk to for short distances over uneven terrain and make short climbs up inclines. Tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair.
Adventure, Scenic, Family Friendly
Pinzgauer 6-WD Military Vehicle
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children under 3 years old must be carried in a backpack carrier.
Special Medical Restriction
All participants must be able to walk over uneven terrain and up inclines. Not recommended for those with serious back or neck problems.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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