Over the rainbow

Looking for Hawaiian waterfalls? Start with a tour of the Big Island

HILO, Hawaii -- The first time you fly into the Kona Coast on Hawaii's Big Island, you'll be struck by two things: the nearly relentless sunshine (moderated by volcanic smoke that locals call "vog") and the vast, barren fields of black lava rock stretching northward, more testimony to this island's active volcanoes.

The 31/2-hour Hilo Tropical Waterfalls Tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail guide service is $118-$142, including lunch:



• For an up-close waterfall experience, book a room or guesthouse at Hilo’s Kulaniapia resort, which has its own private 120-foot waterfall. Hire a resort guide to help you rappel down its face;


• Hilo’s cozy, old-school Dolphin Bay Hotel, in a neighborhood a short walk from downtown, invites guests to help themselves to free tropical fruits, coffee and breakfast breads; dolphinbayhotel.com.

Shy of crowds? For a quieter time, visit Hilo on a day without cruise ships in port. Check crew-center.com/hilo-hawaii-cruise-ship-schedule-2018.

More information: Guide to more Big Island waterfalls: lovebigisland.com/waterfalls

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