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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. Plan to visit Waimea Valley and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Haleiwa attractions using our Haleiwa vacation route planner.
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  • Was expecting something of a tourist trap but instead I got totally blown away! The botanical garden is so incredibly beautiful. The waterfall wasn't very impressive (maybe better another time of the ...  more »
  • We went to go North shore, Kahuku shrimp,but no place to parking. Waimea Valley we stopped by for lunch. There were local Kamaina menu. It was yummy and saw beautiful views.Mahalo~! Plate lunch was re...  more »
  • The Waimea waterfall was a beautiful waterfall where you can jump in the water and climb onto the rocks to bathe under the falls. It is a 3/4 mile paved hike, but the plants, birds and trees were beau...  more »
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  • Worth every penny of the entrance fee, though probably not a place we'd revisit on any future trips. Grounds are well kept. Beautiful scenery. My two year old loved all the flowers, birds, and the couple open fields to run around in. He wasn't bored, but he's used to exploring the outdoors. Easy hike for those in decent shape. Path is paved all the way to the falls. There was a golf cart shuttle if you need it.
  • Loved it! Super easy walk, takes about 20 minutes walking to get to the falls from the entrance of the park. The water is cold and nice! It's about $16 per person to get in the park..
  • Great family hike to the falls. Leisurely 3/4 mile walk. Life jackets are provided at the falls for swimming. A lot of beautiful scenery and a variety of wildlife.
  • A little expensive to get in at $17 per person but it is beautiful. There are plants from all over the world showcasing how anything can grow in Hawaii. Small trails leading into the undergrowth make it almost whimsical at times walking out of a vine covered alcove beneath a tree. Then at the top of the hill almost a mile from the entrance is a beautiful waterfall. I am not sure how they keep it flowing, but they offer life vests and lifeguards when you see a "swimming allowed" sign at the entrance to the park. The water is about 65 degrees or less in the winter and the rocks are slippery but the experience is amazing.
  • I loved the park. Lots of plants to see (not only from Hawaii), also endangered types. Lots of birds to watch! Most of the people there stayed on the paved road - don't do it, go exploring. I liked the way to the waterfall more than the waterfall itself.