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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Adventure Travelers
- 73%Family Travelers
- 65%Local Culture
- 60%Green Travelers
- 57%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (74)
- Waimea CanyonMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Mar 04, 2014
Great views. Not many scenic points to stop at, other than the grand point halfway up the drive. Wish we had more time to go further up, maybe that would boost my rating? Or maybe more time for a hike?
Relatively large parking lot, bathroom facilities make this stop a pleasant one
- Waimea CanyonFeb 06, 2014
Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty. Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum has hiking maps of the area. There are no gas stations along the 40-mile Waimea Canyon Road so be sure to fill up before starting this trip. The main park area provides restrooms. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon many areas are often shrouded in clouds.
-Waimea Canyon Road travels the canyon and provides excellent lookouts of the gorge
-No gas stations are located along this road - be sure to fill up before starting the trip
-Excellent photo opportunies at every turn
-Best viewing of the Kalalau Valley is in the early morning
-Numerous trails lead through and above the canyon - check at the Ranger Station for maps
-Certain trails require a state permit before hiking
-Camping available at Koke'e Campground
-Hale Koa Cabins also available - call 808-335-5290 for information and reservations
-For weather information in the canyon, call 808-245-6001
- Waimea CanyonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Nov 11, 2013
Picture a shorter length grand canyon in a lush tropical paradise and you get this place. It is awe inspiring and very very beautiful. After flying over it and driving/hiking around in it, if you are in Kauai you MUST check this place out.
Pictures and movies just do not do this place any justice. This is coming from a photographer. Its possible to impart that it is daunting, but you just dont see how awe inspiring the place really is, unless you see it in person.
So please do yourself a favor and GO HERE!
- Waimea CanyonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
The Waimea Canyon is so unbelievably beautiful. It looks prehistoric and feels perfectly untouched by civilization. From the lookout, the vastness of the canyon is humbling. Truly a must see.
- Waimea CanyonOct 20, 2013
Great roadside viewpoints and a variety of hikes reward anyone who makes the drive all the way around the island to West Kauai. Nicknaming it the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" may be a stretch, but it's still an incredible view of rainbow-colored layers of eroded lava-born cliffs, with waterfalls springing to life after rain. If you want a challenge, hike the Kukui Trail straight down to the canyon floor (but be prepared for muddy, slick conditions unless the sun has been shining for at least a day or two beforehand).
- Waimea CanyonCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 11, 2013
The beautiful Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it's 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep. Waimea means "reddish water", caused by the erosion of the canyon's red soil. Drive along and stop to see an amazing view of the land, canyon, and rivers below.
- Waimea CanyonJun 15, 2013
Go early in the morning to avoid any fog. This usually works best on the first or second day after you arrive, with the jet lag its easy to get up early! Don't miss the view point at the very end of the road past Kokee Park.
Don't miss views of Niihau on your way back down the road on a clear day