Holidays in Waimea Canyon

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Waimea Canyon featuring a gorge or 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.

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4142 Cheap Hotels Near Waimea Canyon

The West Inn Kauai
The West Inn Kauai
2.5 out of 5
9690 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
The price is AU$361 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
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 Waimea ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (111 reviews)
"This is a locally owned, old fashioned (in a good way) inn that reminded me of road trip places we stayed as a family when I was a child. It is clean, well equipped with a nice kitchenette, and absolutely walking distance to all of the restaurants and shops on the main street in Waimea. We decided ..."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

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Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
3.5 out of 5
9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
This Waimea resort is on the beach, 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kekaha Beach Park and Barking ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (741 reviews)
"A special, atmospheric place about as close to Old Hawaii as you can get in commercial accommodations."

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

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Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
7990 Ulili Rd, Kekaha, HI
This family-friendly Kekaha holiday 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.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (107 reviews)
Nice House, nice neighborhood
"Very cozy house."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

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Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
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The West Inn Kauai
The West Inn Kauai
2.5 out of 5
9690 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
The price is AU$361 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
The West Inn Kauai
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
3.5 out of 5
9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
7990 Ulili Rd, Kekaha, HI
Kekaha Beach Bungalow - FREE WIFI, Bikes and Boards Special Cleaning/Precautions
P M R F Beachfront/Oceanfront Rental , Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
P M R F Beachfront/Oceanfront Rental , Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
4451 Moana Rd, Waimea, HI
P M R F Beachfront/Oceanfront Rental , Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaiian Charm..Just Steps From The Ocean..On Kauai's Sunny W Side * TVNC4216
Hawaiian Charm..Just Steps From The Ocean..On Kauai's Sunny W Side * TVNC4216
4518A Nene Road, Kekaha, HI
Hawaiian Charm..Just Steps From The Ocean..On Kauai's Sunny W Side * TVNC4216
Charming Waimea Beach Cottage with A/C across the Ocean
Charming Waimea Beach Cottage with A/C across the Ocean
4462 Helapule Rd, Waimea, HI
The price is AU$774 per night from 26 Nov. to 26 Nov.
Charming Waimea Beach Cottage with A/C across the Ocean
Spacious, West side, Beachfront Home
Spacious, West side, Beachfront Home
9924 Kahakai Road, Waimea, HI
Spacious, West side, Beachfront Home
Romantic Cottage, Private Acre of Paradise, View! Pool!
Romantic Cottage, Private Acre of Paradise, View! Pool!
5047 Wainiha Powerhouse Rd, Hanalei, HI
Romantic Cottage, Private Acre of Paradise, View! Pool!
Hanalei Colony Resort
Hanalei Colony Resort
3.5 out of 5
5-7130 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI
Hanalei Colony Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.