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Waimea Valley, Haleiwa

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to visit Waimea Valley and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Haleiwa attractions using our Haleiwa vacation route planner.
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  • We have friends who live near here - they took us on the drive through the valley - so lush, so relaxing. We stopped here and there to take pictures. Lovely drive. 
  • Waimea Valley and Falls is a hidden treasure. A lengthy stroll (or cart ride) takes you through a lush tropical setting with a multitude of beautiful exotic plants and trees most of which are identifi...  read more »
  • Really nice, great flowers with a waterfall, we were there for 2.5 hours and got a look at it all 
  • Went with my freinds in the bigining of August. Very beautiful valley! I suggest that you come early on in the day. Nice place to have a picnic. Call ahead of time and ask if your allowed to swim in the waterfall that day, it was closed when I went. Its a bit of a walk to actually get to the waterfall. Mosquito repellent is a must!!! Definitely would go again.
  • Entry is $16 per adult, $8 per child, free parking but get busy after 3pm. 30 walk will bring you to the amazing waterfall where you can swim. Life jackets are provided (you must wear them). Wonderful experience!
  • Waimea is my favorite spot on the planet! Young children might find the trail tedious, but I love the idea that I was traversing the same ground trod upon by the ancient Hawai'ians. My father was here in the late 60's while in the army. He remembered there had been a foothold and a handhold directly under the waterfall. We visited in 1984. He swam into the falls, unerringly found the spot he needed, then reached around to pull me (then 14 years old) up with him. I heard that a year later, there was a terrible flood that changed many of the landmarks in the valley. In 1994, we traveled to the island again. My stepsister and I swam towards the falls and spotted a lifeguard gesturing to us and yelling into a microphone. We swam away from the falls to hear, and she was telling us to go into the falls! When I got there I found the rock with the holds was missing, leaving a small cave in its place! I jumped up into the grotto along with my sister while the lifeguard called the other tourist's attention to us.
  • This is definitely worth seeing. The plants/trees/animals you will see are amazing. It's a good 30-45 minute walk until you get to the actual falls (taking your time) but you will be rewarded with going into the water for a nice swim (which is pretty cold by the way). Across the street is also the amazing Waimea beach which you can combine for a whole day experience .
  • Just amazing. Get there early and beat the masses. Depending on rainfall, the falls may be closed to swimmers. But take your time and enjoy the hike through the gardens. They have a restaurant on-site, as well.
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