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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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  • Arrive when the park opens to have more private time in the park. More crowds of people were arriving about 2 hours after the park opened. When we arrived, we were given a map and guide to the birds o...  more »
  • It was an easy and beautiful hike. It’s paved and not slippery for those who may be concerned. I am 6 month pregnant and did it together with my husband and 6 yo. It took longer than others but we wer...  more »
  • We went on a weekday and it was not very crowded and had a very peaceful walk up to the waterfalls remember to bring your bathing suit so you can jump in the lagoon at the falls  more »
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  • This is a beautiful place. There is swimming in the waterfall area at the end of the hike. A few notes tho, I would call ahead to make swimming will be allowed on the day of visit, and be sure to bring a hat and some water for the hike up. If you absolutely don't want to hike there is a car that can take you up to the waterfall area. And there is a concession stand that has water, other beverages, and cool snacks like shaved ice. It truly is a lovely area and well worth the time spent.
  • I highly recommend putting this on your To Do List! The walk through the garden was so beautiful and relaxing. And the waterfall was wonderful. Wear good walking shoes and bring a suit and towel to jump in the water at the falls. You are required to wear a life jacket (provided free of charge) but it was no problem for us.
  • Had a very nice time here. Expected to walk to the falls in 15 minutes, but there were several little paths to take, we took over an hour. We also stopped to talk to local artisans and read the plaques with historical information. Lots of shade. Several grassy areas to sit and relax or have a bite. We had a stroller and were able to go through some of the side paths. Food was reasonably priced (for Hawaii) and the Kahlua pork was good. Nice spot to learn about the culture of the area. You don't have to pay to visit the gift shop, cafe or the Thursday farmer's market.
  • This is a wonderful place full of interesting facts about nature and culture of the area. The walk to Waimea Falls isn't difficult and there is a shuttle for those, who have limited movement. There is a fee for the shuttle, so keep that in mind. If you walk without reading any information, it's a 30 minute walk to the falls but I recommend taking longer to learn something new about the culture and nature of the area. The waterfall itself is amazing. The water is cool and has a nice red color. They check the quality of water so you do not have to worry about leptospirosis.
  • Beautiful walk up to the falls. They allow you to swim in it if you wear a vest which is provided. We did walk in the falls up to our knees with no vest. Note water shoes would have been great as it is very slippery and rocky. Also you can take a shuttle ride up or down to the falls. 12 round trip 8 one way
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