Waimea Canyon

Phone (808) 335-9975
5 stars from 15 reviews
Address Kokee Rd Hwy 550, Waimea, HI 96796
Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", this state park is a magnificent place to see a different perspective of Hawaii's diverse terrain.

• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking

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Waimea Canyon is unlike anywhere else in Hawaii. It's a place that was born from the lava that rose from an enormous volcano, but collapsed about 4 million years ago which created a large depression in the middle of the island. And over time the rain and sun continued to erode the thinner layers of lava to create the canyon as it exists today.

Waimea Canyon is part of Hawaii' State Park system with over 1,866 acres encompassing the region. There are several hiking trails that can be accessed along the 18 miles of road which lead of to Koke'e State Park. Many people drive up to the Waimea Canyon Lookout, but the Koke'e State Park has trails that overlook the Kalalau Valley. It's a spectacular view, and not to be missed. There are trails here as well that can be hiked overlooking the ocean on the Napali Coast side of Kauai.

Waimea Canyon has been the backdrop to films such as Donovan's Reef and Throw Mama from the Train.
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Joined: Feb 2018
Reviews: 5
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Waimea Canyon was on our bucket list when we booked Kauai. I had seen many pictures but they didn't do it any justice! Upon arriving, I could see the hues of red and when we approached the lookout, I lost my breathe, the most stunning views and wide open. The terrain and majesty was magnificent. Many, many great opportunities for pictures and look out for the Roosters and Chickens, they are abundant on the island. I will definitely go again and stay longer, have a picnic and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific!
Dorothy A
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 35
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Absolutely amazing and stunning in every way. Don't skip Waimea Canyon!
Antonio V
Joined: Oct 2017
Reviews: 19
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Wartime Canyon is a very special place. If you enjoy being out in nature then this is the best place on the island to do that. Plenty of hiking trails, viewing spots, or just wander around a bit. It's amazing.
Peggy S
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 1
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We've been to the canyon twice it's absolutely beautiful. Definitely a must see. Hope to someday go back.
Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
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Must see on your visit to Kauai! Beautiful drive.
Amy B
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 1
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A must see when on Kauai. We drove our rental car to the top of the canyon (which is a very curvey ride!) There are many places to stop and pull over to take pictures and look out over the canyon. We also took a helicopter tour which took us over the canyon. Whichever way you choose to see the canyon, words cannot do justice to it's beauty! Simply breathtaking!
Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
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Traveled to Kauai with my parents and had seen Grand Canyon. Was not thinking anything could be better but I was so wrong. The green colors were vibrant compared to the GC which is all brown.
Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
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We have been to the Grand Canyon and were excited to see the Waimea Canyon to do some comparisons. Well, let's just say there are differences. The drive to wasn't too bad but do know the weather can hamper your views. We went early so we could take our time and not be rushed.

Drive slowly going up and enjoy the photo stops we took a lot of pictures. Be warned it can get quite foggy but it usually clears. You will see beautiful, green lushness within the canyon and the waterfalls were flowing the day we went which was so nice to see again lots of photos here.

At the top you will have a spectacular view from the Kalalau Lookout. There are trails you can take which we took a few small ones but would like to return to take some more. We took a small cooler with drinks and lunch to enjoy. A must see when in Kauai.
Kandy H
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
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If you are on Kauai you must go see the Waimea Canyon. There are so many photo opportunities. Waterfall, overlooks just beautiful. Photos just don't do it justice. The colors are breathtaking. The drive is not too bad.Take your time and don't rush through the park. It is well worth your time.
Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
I have not yet been to the Grand Canyon, so I was definitely excited to check out Waimea Canyon -- The Grand Canyon of the Pacific! We picked a perfect day to go up there, minimal cloud cover, etc. The drive up is gorgeous. One of my favorite stopping points was the red dirt waterfalls. Depending on recent rains, they may or may not be flowing, but it was certainly a neat site to see! We also enjoyed the various lookouts and pulling off and looking at the waterfalls deep in the canyon. The real payoff is at the end -- the Kalalau Lookout!
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