Tour Umauma Falls & Gardens
Our beautifully landscaped grounds are perfect for a self-guided tour through our gardens and along the river walk. Enjoy spectacular views of our triple-tier Umauma Falls, sit and reflect in our meditation garden, and discover the unique scents of Hawaii’s tropical flowers and trees.
About Tour Umauma Falls & Gardens
Enjoy a self-guided tour of our beautiful grounds and spectacular view of Umauma Falls.
Umauma Falls Viewing
Umauma Falls are open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. At this time you can drive on a concrete road right to the falls and tropical garden/river walk after stopping at the visitor center. Take as little or as much time as you like. Stop by our Visitor’s Center to pick up a map of the Garden & River Walk or get a snack.
Umauma Tropical Garden and River Walk
Walk along Hawaii’s Umauma River and enjoy the natural palm forest and river views. See a very large Hawaiian native Ohia tree in its natural Big Island river setting – look for its distinctive feathery red blooms. As the river makes a sharp turn we have built two very special decks for your viewing of the river and ocean under some very large unusual smooth-barked Guava trees. If you are there when the guava are ripe we won’t mind if you eat a few. They taste great! There are two tables on one of the decks. Take time for a break and enjoy the place and the moment.
The large rope that keeps you on the path and out of the river is a piece of Big Island history. It was found loose at sea by some local explorers near South Point. It was over 1000 ft long and very heavy. John Cross, who was born and raised in Hawaii, saved it, stored it and let us use it for this purpose. Thanks John. He says that it was used by Tug Boats for many years.
Now enjoy a leisurely walk back to your car over two bridges and a mac nut path. Smell and enjoy the Big Island plants along the walk. As you walk under one of the archways look for some orange blooms on the vine. It is usually blooming. Look under the very large tree toward the end of the garden and notice the beginning of an Antherium garden.
Do not miss this experience. Take your time. This place is special and is partly why you came to Hawaii. Both features can be visited even by people with limited mobility.
If you miss this, you probably didn’t see the Big Island Hawaii that was in your dreams before you came. Zipline tour customers get several private special views of this spectacular wonder of nature.
- Duration: Explore at your own pace! Allow 20-45 minutes to enjoy the view and garden.
- Sunblock and bug repellent is recommended
- Light physical activity to walk the gardens.