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Waimea

Travel Guide
Waimea Canyon showing landscape views and a gorge or canyon

Just minutes from the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” this village is celebrated as the first Hawaiian landing place of Captain Cook and for it’s quaint island charm.

Waimea is a seaport village that offers a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also the site where Captain James Cook first stepped onto Hawaiian soil in 1778, a moment commemorated by a statue in the town’s center. The main street is lined with pretty historic buildings, and the town is only minutes away from the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Waimea is one of the few towns in West Kauaʻi that has not been transformed by the tourist industry. It retains its authentic character, making it an ideal destination for visitors who want to enjoy a slow-paced getaway. Check into one of the hotels or beach cottages that dot the coastline and wake up to the sight of the shimmering Pacific Ocean each morning. Many resorts host luaus throughout the week, offering an opportunity to enjoy regional dishes and traditional dance performances.

Head to Waimea Beach and sunbathe on its distinctive black sand. Before making your way back into town for dinner, stop by the Waimea State Recreation Pier. Stretching into the Pacific, it is the village’s most popular gathering place to watch the sun set over the ocean. Then, sample local cuisine at one of Waimea’s seafood restaurants.

Set aside an afternoon to explore West Kauaʻi Technology & Visitor Center. Whether looking at the historical exhibits or attending a concert or performance, the institution is an ideal place to learn more about the traditions and culture of Kauaʻi.

Drive 13 miles (20 kilometers) outside town to Waimea Canyon. Often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” this natural landmark is one of Kauaʻi’s most popular destinations. Standing in stark contrast to the lush, rainforest landscape that defines Waimea, the canyon features 14 miles (16 kilometers) of cavernous red rocks that plunge 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) into the earth. Travel along Canyon Drive to enjoy the view from afar or hike down into the heart of the canyon.

Waimea is a 45-minute drive west of Lihue Airport. Public transport is limited, so it’s advisable to rent a car or motorcycle to get the the most out of the region.

The West Inn Kauai
The West Inn Kauai
2.5 out of 5
9690 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI
The price is AU$419 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (110 reviews)
"Cleanliness of rooms and friendly staff. Oscar was easily accessible and willing to make sure that we had all of the amenities that we needed"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

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
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (727 reviews)
"Unique experience great grounds spacious Hawaiian style accommodation quaint and comfortable"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort
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
Nestled on the beach, this Waimea condo is within a 10-minute walk of Waimea Bay Beach, Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery and West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. ...
5/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
First stay here on Kauai
"If you are here working on or near PMRF this place is an excellent choice. very clean and a short drive to the gate, If you have any questions about the place the manager is quick to respond and helpful. I would definitely consider this place if i were working here again. Tom."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

P M R F Beachfront/oceanfront Rental , Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
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.
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
Nestled on the beach, this Waimea condo is within a 10-minute walk of Waimea Bay Beach, Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery and West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. ...
5/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
First stay here on Kauai
"If you are here working on or near PMRF this place is an excellent choice. very clean and a short drive to the gate, If you have any questions about the place the manager is quick to respond and helpful. I would definitely consider this place if i were working here again. Tom."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

P M R F Beachfront/oceanfront Rental , Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii
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
This family-friendly Waimea cottage is located on the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Waimea Bay Beach, Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery and West Kauai Technology ...
5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Cute cottage for two
"This cottage is very well put together and newly renovated. It has everything you need from beach towels to hiking poles to kitchen supplies. It’s location to the little downtown area is just a few minutes walking. The one downside is that it only has one bathroom. This worked great for my husband ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2021

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
Nestled on the beach, this Waimea holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Aloha 'n Paradise Gallery, Waimea Bay Beach and Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Long awaited family vacation
"We had the vacation of a lifetime with our kids and granddaughters. This house is so nice and right on the beach. Check in was easy and very efficient! We spent every night watching the sunset while sitting on the beach, and would turn our chairs around and and watch the moon rise on the other side. ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Spacious, West Side, Beachfront Home
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.

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