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Akaka Falls is one of the Big Island’s most famous waterfalls measuring at over 400+ feet. If you’re spending time on the Hilo side of the Big Island, you may want to put this on your list if you love waterfalls. The best time to visit is after a big rain because you may be able to catch a glimpse of the often forgotten and unseen Kahuna Falls.
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Avoid The Tour Buses At Akaka Falls
Tours are great when you’re on them, but not so great when you’re enjoying a view with a sea of people. These large buses packed with travelers start pouring in around 11 AM until about 4 PM. If you want to enjoy Akaka Falls with few people (this place is a tourist hotspot so there’s usually always at least a few people here), then head here early from 9 AM or closer to 6 PM.
- Most people will spend about an hour here.
- Park outside the parking lot to save a few bucks – the extra walk only adds a few minutes.
- $5 per car to park in the parking lot, $1 entrance fee.
- There’s a fruit stand nearby if you’re in the mood for a healthy snack.
- Restroom facilities available.
- Mosquito repellent isn’t a must, but most people will come out with at least a few bites.
Local Tip: The top 2 waterfalls that’s on everyone’s list when visiting the Big Island is Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls. If you’re on a time constraint and want to see at least one of these, I recommend Akaka Falls.
Things to do in Hawaii near Akaka Falls
- Mauna Kea Cacao Farm: A local cacao farm with very personal farm tours for their visitors.
- Mana’s Aloha Fruit Stand: Fun stop where you can get papaya, sugarcane, pineapples, coconuts, and other fresh tropical fruits. It’s a great place to stop after visiting Akaka Falls.