Today we decided to try taking the ATVs up to the rim of the valley. We checked in at the Waipio Valley Artworks. After filling out our liability waivers we boarded the 4×4 van that was waiting to take us up to the ATV corral. The road to the corral warmed us up for the days off roading, and at one point we even had to switch on the four-wheel drive to make it up a very muddy incline.
As soon as we made it to the ATV corral we were issued our safety gear and our guide went over some of the basics of the ATVs. These machines are designed to be easy to use, and with only a few minutes of instruction we were all ready to go. We made a couple laps around the training course to make sure that our skills were up to par before we made our way into the woods on our actual ride.
As soon as we passed through the gate at the edge of the ATV corral we immediately found ourselves surrounded by a thick tropical rainforest. It had rained the night before which was evidenced by the mud puddles that were littered all over the trail.
Eventually we reached our rest stop. We pulled the ATVs to the ride of the trail where a small footpath continued into the bushes. We made our way down the path until eventually we ended up at a beautiful jungle pool that was fed by a medium sized waterfall. Our guide carried a cooler down full of snacks and drinks for us to enjoy. We sat at the edge of the pool for a few minutes before we stripped down and went for a swim. The water was cold and refreshing and while it was a little difficult at first to coax myself to get in, as soon as I did I was glad because the water felt excellent.
After the waterfall we got back on the ATVs and rode towards the vista point of the valley. Once we reached the lookout we could make out the entire valley, from the black sands of the Waipio beach all the ways back to the waterfall. It was an exceptionally clear day and the views were incredible. We spent some time taking in the scenery before we eventually mounted up on our ATVs to make our journey back to the corral. It was a great excursion that I would recommend to anyone that wants to see the Waipio from a different perspective.