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Waimea Canyon

Gaze out at the colorful greens and reds of the majestic peaks and troughs in Kauai’s Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Waimea Canyon is a stunning valley of red-brown hills and green vegetation. This exceptional Hawaiian wonder stretches across 14 miles (23 kilometers) of tumultuous topography at a maximum depth of 3,600 feet (1,100 meters). Bring your camera for excellent photo opportunities in this scenic part of the world.

Drive through the park along the main road to reach Waimea Canyon Overlook, which offers a marvelous vista from a popular vantage point. Stop multiple times and leave your car in the parking lots of the Puu ka Pele and Puu Hinahina viewing areas and walk around.

Look for intriguing geographical features that make up the spectacular canyon, including deep valley gorges, jagged peaks and crested buttes. Rainbows often make an appearance over the canyon.

Continue traveling up the twisting road next to the long canyon, which is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide. Bring snacks and refreshments and set up a picnic with your family with this wonderful backdrop. The canyon was formed by erosion from the Waimea River. Follow the winding trails that surround the canyon to see waterfalls and streams that add to the wonder of this natural treasure.

Take a helicopter ride with a tour operator around the island and appreciate the immense canyon from above. Walk along the ridges of the canyon and spot the comparatively small helicopters buzzing around. Continue hiking north through the park to reach Koke’e State Park, where you will find many trails and intriguing geological formations.

Make sure to bring hiking shoes and extra layers of clothing in anticipation of sudden changes in temperature and weather. Choose between a self-guided tour with a rental car and a tour bus operator.

Waimea Canyon is in Waimea Canyon State Park on the western side of the island of Kauai. Drive north for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Waimea to reach the start of the park. Visit nearby attractions, such as the Ku’la Natural Area Reserve, the Pu’u O Kila Lookout and the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve.

Want to be sure to get the most out of your visit here? We've put together some of the most popular activities that will help you:

For many more things to do, examine our Waimea things to do page.


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The Cabins at Kokee
The Cabins at Kokee

The Cabins at Kokee

3600 Kokee State Park, Waimea, HI
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Waimea, this cabin is steps from Kokee Natural History Museum and Koke'e State Park. Nu'alolo Trail and Kalalau Lookout are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort $289
    Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

    Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

    9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This Waimea resort is on the beach, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kekaha Beach Park and Barking Sands Beach. Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji and Hanapepe Swinging Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The West Inn Kauai $249
      The West Inn Kauai

      The West Inn Kauai

      9690 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Waimea Bay Beach and West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery and Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park are also within 15 minutes.

        Hale La by West Kauai Lodging
        Hale La by West Kauai Lodging

        Hale La by West Kauai Lodging

        8240A Elepaio Rd, Kekaha, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kekaha Beach Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park and Polihale State Park. Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

          Kekaha Beach Bungalow-free Wifi, Bikes and Boards-fill Dec. Special $150/noc
          Kekaha Beach Bungalow-free Wifi, Bikes and Boards-fill Dec. Special $150/noc

          Kekaha Beach Bungalow-free Wifi, Bikes and Boards-fill Dec. Special $150/noc

          Kekaha, HI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Kekaha vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Major's Bay and Kekaha Beach Park. Barking Sands Beach is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

            Beautiful Pmrf 2 Bed/3 Bath A/C Home
            Beautiful Pmrf 2 Bed/3 Bath A/C Home

            Beautiful Pmrf 2 Bed/3 Bath A/C Home

            Kekaha, HI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center, Waimea Bay Beach, and Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery. Major's Bay and Kekaha Beach Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hale La- Luxury Beach House With Air Conditioning!
              Hale La- Luxury Beach House With Air Conditioning!

              Hale La- Luxury Beach House With Air Conditioning!

              Kekaha, HI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Major's Bay and Kekaha Beach Park. Barking Sands Beach and West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                White Sand Beaches on the Sunny Westside of Kauai Tvr#1125
                White Sand Beaches on the Sunny Westside of Kauai Tvr#1125

                White Sand Beaches on the Sunny Westside of Kauai Tvr#1125

                Kekaha, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Major's Bay, Kekaha Beach Park, and West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. Barking Sands Beach and Waimea Bay Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).