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Waimea Valley, Haleiwa

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Experience Hawaiian nature at its peak at Waimea Valley, a huge area filled with a historical park including botanical gardens, waterfalls, and swimming holes. The area was once used to cultivate crops and orchards, including taro, sweet potato, and bananas. Today, the park boasts more than 5,000 plants from around the world, along with individual gardens dedicated to Guam, Madagascar, the Seychelles, and more. Swimming is allowed when cliff-diving exhibitions are not in process, or catch one of the hula performances. Use our Haleiwa day trip site to visit Waimea Valley on your trip to Haleiwa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The flora represented in Waimea Valley is overwhelming! Honestly, one could spend weeks viewing the amazing variety of plants from all over the world. When water flows return to normal, the waterfall ...  more »
  • The walk was long but beautiful. There are many paths to choose but the waterfall path is marked. The waterfall was worth the walk! So peaceful and relaxing. Well worth the walk!  more »
  • Beautifully maintained park where you can discover the different flora and fauna of hawaii. At the end of the walk a beautiful waterfall, which unfortunately may be swum. Detracts from the picture. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Got there early around 9:30 not very crowded at all, great beginner hike. I'd recommend a back pack for your stuff; water, towel, snacks/lunch (be a cool place to grab a picnic! Waterfall water is a little cold at first but once you're in feels great!
  • We walked through the valley on our way to Waimea Falls and it was beautiful. The kids had fun looking at everything, there was plenty to explore. Be sure to plan for extra time if you're visiting the falls to take in more of the Valley.
  • This was a super fun hike up to the waterfalls. The surrounding beauty is immense and if you go slow enough you can really get to see all the wonderful flowers, gardens and trees. The hike itself is medium to easy. Ones can ride the tram up to the top (waterfall area) if you have trouble walking or standing. I have back problems and it was just about enough for me to do. I was at my threshold. So it's not too bad. If you take the tram, you truly will miss out on all the little hidden gems that are in this hike/walk. The flowers and gardens are stunning. Bring a good camera. Bring a nice cleaning cloth along as it gets kinda steamy back in there. It did rain on us a little while we were back there. Might bring an umbrella. We ate at the food area and it was very very good.
  • Most of this place is absolutely beautiful, and there is a great deal to see, but the whole place seems a little distended. I really enjoyed the traditional Hawaiian houses and structures they have built on-site. If you go, definitely plan on swimming in the pool at the base of the falls. I gave it 4 stars because it looked rundown, the bathrooms are few and far between, and the golf cart ride you can take up and back is $6 each way or $10 for the round trip. The tickets are already $16 each so its not worth it, even though its a really long walk. TAKE AND WEAR BUG SPRAY!
  • Overall a civilized way to see a rain forest and waterfall in Oahu. Bonus is the resurrected ruins of a traditional Hawaiian village. Downside was as a botanical garden it was not well maintained despite a moderate entrance fee. The grounds gould have been a better manicured and the plants in better shape.

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