If you are heading to the North Shore of Oahu be sure to take some time to explore Waimea Valley, home to Waimea Falls. After we finished the Hawaii Shark Encounter in Haleiwa we headed over to Waimea Valley.
Waimea Valley has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history.
Enjoy a casual walk on a paved path through Waimea Valley. It is home to 36 botanical gardens and almost 6,000 rare species of plants including native and endangered Hawaiian plants.
See Historical Sites including religious sites and shrines, agricultural terraces, house sites and fishponds.
At the end of the 3/4 mile path you will be greeted by Waimea Falls.
Waimea Falls is also known as Waihi Falls. Waimea means “reddish water” and refers to the reddish volcanic soil. Waihi means trickling water.
Waimea Falls drops 45 feet into a pool.
Swimming is allowed in the pool under the falls so be sure to wear your swimsuit! Life Jackets are provided and required for children. Lifeguards are on duty.
Check out our video of Waimea Falls:
If Waimea Falls looks familiar you may recognize it from the television show, LOST. In Season 1 Episode 12 this is the waterfall where Sawyer and Kate went swimming and found the gun case.
Waimea Valley Hours and Admissions:
Waimea Valley is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Waimea Valley is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Adult Admission is $16.00. Student Admission is $12.00. Child (age 4-12) Admission is $8.00. Senior (age 60+) Admission is $12.00.
Hawaii Discount Travel Tips:
- Arrive early! We arrived when the park opened at 9:00am and we were the only ones at Waimea Falls! It can get very crowded later in the day.
- Take the time to explore the upper trails. You will find gardens planted with tropical vegetation you would miss along the main trail to Waimea Falls.
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After you finish at Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls head over to Waimea Bay and relax on the world famous beach!
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What are your favorite places on the North Shore of Oahu?