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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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Enjoy spectacular views of crested buttes and rugged red cliffs while hiking the geological wonder that is Waimea Canyon State Park. Fondly known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the canyon stretches over 22.5 km (14 mi) and is 1,097 m (3,600 ft) deep. Hike along the deep valley gorge to the Waimea Overlook to admire the vivid red and green coloring of the volcanic canyon and for panoramic views of the Kaua’i interior. You can rent a car to explore the area or catch a tour bus to the top of the canyon. Be sure to carry a jacket, as the area tends to be very windy. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Waimea Canyon State Park and many more Waimea attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Waimea trip itinerary planner.
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  • So many people say to get to Waimea Canyon early and even though we tried to do this (getting there by 10.30am/11.00am) it wasn't early enough. The heavy fog moved in between the time we parked our.....  more
    So many people say to get to Waimea Canyon early and even though we tried to do this (getting there by 10.30am/11.00am) it wasn't early enough. The heavy fog moved in between the time we parked our.....  more »
  • We drove early in the day up into the highlands, which were much cooler than down below. We did several hikes of various levels, dealing with slippery mud, so bring your best hiking boots, a hiking.....  more
    We drove early in the day up into the highlands, which were much cooler than down below. We did several hikes of various levels, dealing with slippery mud, so bring your best hiking boots, a hiking.....  more »
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  • We visited in May of 2021 and it was absolutely breathtaking. We drove up here to each of the lookouts, and the canyon has so much color; if you look closely you can spot a waterfall too :) Unfortunately though you really do have to go when there's practically zero clouds in the sky because at the very top we could see nothing. It's supposed to have the best views, with the canyon and the blue sea, but we weren't able to glimpse anything. However, even though there were clouds at the top the other lookouts have amazing views of the canyon that you can't miss! Kauai is a small island so even if you're only here a few days this is a must!!
  • Very Beautiful. I suggest that you arrive in the morning as it is more likely to cloud over later in the day. Also (personally speaking) I believe the first and last lookout are most impressive and are rather unique from one another. The others (in between) are similar to the first stop.

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