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Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii

The Basics

Once an adventure park, Waimea Valley is now owned by a nonprofit and focused on the conservation of natural and cultural sites. The garden boasts more than 5,000 botanicals surrounding historic ceremonial sites and recreated traditional dwellings. Waimea Valley is a popular stop on island tours. Visiting with a guide adds to your understanding of the valley’s culture, history, and plants. A walk to the waterfall is commonly included on waterfall-centric and photography-focused tours.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Nice sweet experience
kim_v, Oct 2021
Waimea Valley Nature walk to Waterfall
The host was beautiful and so friendly. She was on time and help us with take photos for us professional.
star-5
Enjoyable, memorable and fabulous
Elizabeth_R, Aug 2021
Waimea Valley Nature walk to Waterfall
Our tour guide Kenneth did a fabulous job, prompt pick up, very knowledgeable and great sense of humor. It was an enjoyable trip. We were very disappointed that there was a trickle of water coming over the falls and we were unable to get in the water, as we were told the day before to wear comfortable shoes and our swimsuits. Elizabeth Ruport
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Excellent!!!
Angel_and_Tatiana, Jul 2021
Waimea Valley Nature walk to Waterfall
Koki was amazing!!! She was very friendly and answered all our questions. I will recommend all my friends to take the tour with Koki!! 😃😃😃

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Swimming at the waterfall is permitted in some conditions. Life jackets are required and provided by a lifeguard at the waterfall.

  • The path to the waterfall is paved and wheelchair accessible, but some of the paths through the garden have steep stairs. There is also a shuttle that runs from the visitor center to the falls.

  • There is limited Wi-Fi throughout the valley but no cell service.

  • You can bring a picnic lunch, dine at the visitor center restaurant, or get food at the snack shop by the falls.

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How to Get There

Waimea Valley is located on Oahu’s north shore, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Waikiki, for about an hour’s drive. If driving, take the Kamehameha Highway to Waimea Bay Beach Park and turn onto Waimea Valley Road. You can skip the hassle of driving—and enjoy the sights along the way—by booking a guided tour of the valley.

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When to Get There

To see Waimea Falls at its most impressive visit in winter (rainy season). If you want a better chance of being able to swim at the falls, visit in summer, which is drier. Regularly scheduled botanical tours are offered daily on Thursday and on the first and third Sunday of the month—check the site for timing. Contact the park to arrange a cultural tour.

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Make the Most of a Visit to Waimea Falls

Waimea Falls is located just under a mile (1.2 kilometers) from the visitor center, and the walk and falls are likely to be a highlight of your Waimea Valley trip. If you want to swim at the falls, call the park in advance to check the conditions—swimming is limited to certain water levels. If you plan to swim, bring water shoes to protect against the jagged rocks. Changing rooms are located at the falls.

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