Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley
4.5
Historic SitesCultural ToursValleysWaterfalls
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Also known as the Valley of the Priests, this lush region is home to various historical structures en route to a 45-foot-tall waterfall.
Haleiwa, United States

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Gretchen S
United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This was such an amazing experience. The hike is paved and easy (and accessible!). While the valley and the views are stunning, the cultural exhibits and docents were the highlight. We learned so much about the Hawaiian culture. Truly a must do if you take a trip to the North Shore. Definitely go early to avoid traffic!
Written 15 May 2024
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Aloha @749gretchens, So glad to read about your experience with our cultural sites and offerings! Sharing helps our future visitors seek out what peaks their interests. We hope to have you visit with us again in the future. Mahalo nui loa, Waimea Valley
Written 20 May 2024
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Doug
Lexington, KY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Easily the best 3 hours we spent on Honolulu. Wandering through the park on a paved path didn’t prevent us from seeing the flora and fauna up close. We didn’t see a single insect, but magnificent flowers, plants, and tree were everywhere!
Doug
Written 3 May 2024
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Aloha Doug, Thank you for sharing with us your unique experience at Waimea Valley! We hope to see you again in the future. Mahalo Nui Loa, Waimea Valley
Written 20 May 2024
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Denise N
Winnipeg, Canada7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful place! The hike to the waterfall isn’t labour intensive and only took us about 15 minutes. The water was a bit cool for our young children but a welcome relief for us adults. I recommend bringing water shoes as it is quite rocky entering and exiting the water. Also, life vests are required for all swimmers so no need to bring your little one’s floater along. One point of note, the garbage cans, particularly the one at the waterfall, attract large numbers of wasps. For those with anaphylactic reactions or simply general discomfort around wasps/bees, this should be noted. Overall, a great time though.
Written 23 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful park with paved walkways so it is wheelchair assessable. There are lots of flowers and trees to look at, a gift shop, a peacock and of corse the waterfall that you can swim in. They have a restaurant and bathrooms so you can stay the whole day.
Written 19 March 2024
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Tommy B
Finger Lakes, NY568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I decided today was the day to visit Waimea Valley. After a few days of rain, we thought the waterfall would be running hard. It was! The stream after the waterfall was running hard as well, so beautiful rapids. The natural flora alongside the wide paved trail was absolute gorgeous. Additionally we saw a number of birds. Really quite nice. The walk is fairly easy. A long uphill to the waterfall. But downhill virtually the entire way back. A little touristy at the visitor center, but to be expected. Overall a very nice experience.
Written 29 February 2024
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Stay00789934087
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The gardens are impeccable and well kept, lovely friendly staff and the waterfall is wonderful. Short hike (walking slowly, looking at the gardens along the way took about 45 min) up some incline but paved & easy. We swam at the waterfall... it rained on us & we got a rainbow 🌈 it was perfection! You can't miss this on your trip to Oahu! The Toa Luau here is a must as well. We spent the afternoon (about 2.5 hrs) in the Gardens & then did the 5pm Luau, it worked out great.
Written 27 February 2024
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Mack2424
Huntington, WV444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
this place is so beautiful . It's about a mile walk but it's paved . There is a shuttle if you want to pay to take it but it's breathtaking to see
Written 27 February 2024
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Cynthia A
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a peaceful and pretty area. There is a paved road to the falls, with side paths through different types of plants and trees. There are also some sacred Hawaiian areas and some examples of the type of original houses there. There are bathrooms and changing areas near the falls. It didn't appeal to me as a place to swim, but it is allowed, and they require that you wear a flotation device if you do. There were some pretty flowers in bloom, but not as many as there probably are in summer. We arrived early and enjoyed the relative solitude but it was getting crowded as we left. It's a pleasant way to send a few hours.
Written 21 February 2024
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Catherine M
Toronto, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Definitely worth it, my husband and I spent about 4 hours wandering the beautiful trails, admiring the over 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, and some birds. The size of the palms and monsters was jaw-dropping. We stopped and had a delicious hotdogs ($7 each) and continued to the falls. We had decided not to bring bathing suits and were very happy not to swim. It looked difficult, if not dangerous, to get in and out of the water as oeople had to climb over and around large rocks to get in. Everyone must wear a life jacket, which is great, though the guards were not guarding. The waterfall isn't as big as we expected but is still beautiful. On the way back we took the elevated road. Staff were very friendly and informative. If you love plants you'll love this place!
Written 11 January 2024
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Yun C
Buffalo Grove, IL43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We saw many reviews to call this place a hidden gem which is worth a multiple-hour visit. We might have thus set a high expectation and felt it much smaller than anticipated especially we did not take the longer trail to the opposite direction of the falls. Even that, it is still a beautiful garden that's worth visiting. The landscaping is obviously in good hands and the paths are well maintained. There are couple small cultural sites along the way too that can take about 10 minutes each to look at and learn. There are also plenty of rest areas and little hills or creekside spots to explore. We spent about 1.5 hours there.
Written 5 January 2024
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