Waipio Valley Lookout
Waipio Valley Lookout
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  • AN6pack
    Waco, Texas717 contributions
    Favorite view on the island
    Well worth the drive! This was my husband’s favorite view on the island. It was a little crowded when we arrived and the tiny parking lot was full so we parked along the road and walked out. The view is gorgeous!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2023
  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    Beautiful!
    The Waipi'o Lookout is just down the coast from the Polola Lookout reviewed earlier. It too offers beautiful views of the ocean and the cliffs created when Kohala Volcano (the oldest volcano on the big island) suffered a massive landslide - only from the other side. There is a narrow, one-way path to the bottom of Waipiʻo Valley and people actually live there. The path has a sign that says "local residents only" and "4-wheel drive only". It looked like the guard at the top had a radio to ensure that vehicles only traveled in one direction at a time but I never checked.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina494 contributions
    Worth a stop, beautiful view
    Decided to drive from Hilo to Kona the long way around and take the scenic route on top of that. Stopped by this lookout and was really happy with my choice. There was some construction blocking off the parking lot but there is street parking and the view once you get down there is superb. They even have bathrooms and picnic tables here which I thought was very nice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Glimpsemom
    Glendale, Arizona8 contributions
    Overlook is OPEN!!!
    Don’t pay attention to posts that say the road to the Lookout is closed…it’s open as of 7/5/2023! This is the best way to see the valley from the ground (helicopter ride is best!!) We saw several notes about the road being closed but took the risk to head up there and it didn’t disappoint!! Make sure to stop in historic Honokaa and have lunch!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • LARS101
    California387 contributions
    Stunning views! Must do!
    Definitely a must do IMO ! The view is absolutely stunning . It was quite a drive from Waikaloa but we’ll worth it! We took a little picnic and easily found a spot at the covered picnic area. The drive or hike down to the valley was closed to tourists, which we weren’t planning to do anyways. On the way back we stopped by one of the fresh fruit stands to get some fresh coconut which was a fun little break as well!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 August 2023
  • smhr
    Pickering, Canada277 contributions
    Nice pleasant views, but not spectacular.
    Waipo Valley can only be visited by locals but Waipo Valley lookout is open to all visitors. It is located about 30 mins North of Hilo and is a very easy drive. The views from the lookout is pleasant but not spectacular. From the parking lot, you will need to take a steep walk to get to the lookout. If someone has mobility issues, then this will be a challenge. If you want to get to the Waipo valley itself then locals do take you there via a shuttle. The cost is about $75/person (though I am not sure about that) I will recommend it if its convenient
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
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Laura B
De Pere, WI11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Stunningly beautiful. Worth a stop. Not a ton of parking so you might need to be a little patient, but the incredible views are worth it!
Written 20 February 2024
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bjia34
Marion, IA64 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The view of the cliff from here is a great photo op and well worth your time. It won’t take long to walk down the path and take a few photos. The only downside is you don’t get very close.
Written 14 January 2024
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audrey m
New York22 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been coming to this valley and walking down to the valley from the road and sometimes crossing the river and continuing on with our hike. This year we could not do the hike as the road is closed to hikers and cars. The only way to get down to the valley is to pay a driver $72.00 per person to drive you down and back. It is a money grab from the locals and absolutely sends the wrong message to tourists. I also want to note that we always stopped at the town nearby for lunch and shopping. Now we will do neither: we will not pay someone to drive us down to the beach and we will not be stopping in the town. How shortsighted of the locals -- within five years most of the shops in town will probably be closed due to lack of tourists.
Written 19 December 2023
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,069 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Great views at the Waipi’o Valley Lookout. Pretty easy to get to. Parking spots are limited. The walk down is a bit steep and uneven so not ideal for anyone in a wheelchair or otherwise unstable on your feet.
Written 2 December 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Waipo Valley can only be visited by locals but Waipo Valley lookout is open to all visitors. It is located about 30 mins North of Hilo and is a very easy drive. The views from the lookout is pleasant but not spectacular.

From the parking lot, you will need to take a steep walk to get to the lookout. If someone has mobility issues, then this will be a challenge.

If you want to get to the Waipo valley itself then locals do take you there via a shuttle. The cost is about $75/person (though I am not sure about that)

I will recommend it if its convenient
Written 15 November 2023
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LARS101
California387 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Definitely a must do IMO ! The view is absolutely stunning . It was quite a drive from Waikaloa but we’ll worth it! We took a little picnic and easily found a spot at the covered picnic area. The drive or hike down to the valley was closed to tourists, which we weren’t planning to do anyways. On the way back we stopped by one of the fresh fruit stands to get some fresh coconut which was a fun little break as well!
Written 27 August 2023
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Peg B
Killingworth, CT104 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This was a spontaneous stop while driving around the Big Island, and boy, am I glad we saw this! The photos don't show the scale; the lookout gave a clear view of the valley. Warning: steep climb down to the lookout from the parking lot, although there is a railing along the walkway to help. Restrooms available, too.
Beautiful, serene vista - really feels like you're at the end of the world.
Written 30 July 2023
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Glimpsemom
Glendale, AZ8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Don’t pay attention to posts that say the road to the Lookout is closed…it’s open as of 7/5/2023! This is the best way to see the valley from the ground (helicopter ride is best!!)

We saw several notes about the road being closed but took the risk to head up there and it didn’t disappoint!!

Make sure to stop in historic Honokaa and have lunch!!
Written 6 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ravenito
Charlotte, NC494 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Decided to drive from Hilo to Kona the long way around and take the scenic route on top of that. Stopped by this lookout and was really happy with my choice. There was some construction blocking off the parking lot but there is street parking and the view once you get down there is superb. They even have bathrooms and picnic tables here which I thought was very nice.
Written 17 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Waipi'o Lookout is just down the coast from the Polola Lookout reviewed earlier. It too offers beautiful views of the ocean and the cliffs created when Kohala Volcano (the oldest volcano on the big island) suffered a massive landslide - only from the other side.
There is a narrow, one-way path to the bottom of Waipiʻo Valley and people actually live there. The path has a sign that says "local residents only" and "4-wheel drive only". It looked like the guard at the top had a radio to ensure that vehicles only traveled in one direction at a time but I never checked.
Written 4 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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