Waimea Valley

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5/5 4 Reviews
Gate Prices Adult $16.00
Child $8.00

The 1,875-acre Waimea Valley is filled with natural wonders: 35 botanical gardens with 5,000 varieties of plants, dozens of archeological sites, and a spectacular 45-foot waterfall. You can even take hula lesson or make a lei!

At Waimea Valley, on Oahu’s rural North Shore, visitors can experience Hawaiian culture in a spectacular natural environment. Waimea Valley is a living puuhonua, or a place of peace and safety. It’s also one of Oahu’s last partially intact ahupuaa, or land divisions, that extend from the mountains to the sea.

A paved path winds through 35 themed botanical gardens, featuring more than 200 plant families, including rare plants found only on the Hawaiian Islands. Some flowers are as big as a basketball! The 45-tall Waimea Falls are the focal point of Waimea Valley, and visitors are invited to swim in the pool below—so bring a swimsuit and towel!

Here’s a look at some of the other scenic highlights at beautiful Waimea Valley:

  • Ancient Hawaiian Archaeological Sites: Seventy-eight sites of interest have been identified here, highlighting religious shrines, housing sites, agricultural terraces, and ancient fishponds.
  • Wildlife: Native and endangered birds call Waimea Valley home, including the alae ula, and all five species of o'opu, a native freshwater fish that can be found in the Kamananui Stream. Please note that due to the fragile wildlife of the park, no domestic animals may be brought to Waimea Valley, with the exception of service dogs.
  • Cultural Activities: Take part in rich cultural pastimes as you spend your day at Waimea Valley, such as f as Lei making, Kapa demonstrations, Hula lessons, Hawaiian games, crafts, music and storytelling with Kūpuna! Call ahead to see what’s on the schedule for the day.
  • Artisanal Offerings and Cuisine: See and purchase the work of North Shore artists and Hawaiian artisans showcasing their locally-made products, and dine at the on-site concessionaries which feature local and fresh ingredients!

Fans of the TV show Lost might recognize Waimea Valley’s waterfalls as the place where Kate found the briefcase in the show’s first season. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent…while the landscape is lush, the bugs can be fierce.

Waimea Valley contains rich history and was referred to as the Valley of the Priests for more than 700 years. The connection between native plants and culture is emphasized, and the park strives to leave visitors with a greater appreciation and respect for Hawaiian history, culture and tradition.

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Getting In

Present your Go Oahu Card at the ticketing booth.

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closings

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve (closing at Noon)
Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (closing at noon).

Note

Swimming is assessed on a day to day basis by their lifeguards. To find out if swimming is available, call (808) 638-7766 the morning of your visit.

Address

59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Hale’iwa, HI 96712

Driving Directions

From Waikiki: Take H-1 west to H-2 north to the Wahiawa exit.Merge onto Kamehameha Hwy. #99. Continue North on Kamehameha Hwy. #99 till you reach Haleiwa Town on the North Shore. There the #99 turns into the #83. Continue on the #83 for about 8 more miles outside of Haleiwa still going North. Then, Waimea Valley is on the right, across from Waimea Bay.
 

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Very pretty!
By Kat Verified Reviewer from Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Waimea Valley General admission:

Really nice hike up to the falls through the gardens. The falls were pretty and they have life jackets they give you to swim right up to the falls. It was a little tough for my mother in law who has weak knees. But there is a shuttle she took with an extra cost.

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Breath taking experience
By Kimberly from Ca on
Pros:
Swim Under The Waterfall, Beautiful grounds
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Waimea Valley General admission:

My 10yr old son &I swam under the waterfall. The surrounding area was incredibly beautiful! We had a fun time! We will go back some day!

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[5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Absolutely worth the trip
By Rita Verified Reviewer from Southern California on
Pros:
Easy walk to the falls, Rich history, Great for pictures, Great waterfall, Fun for adult and kids
Best Uses:
Early morning, Late afternoon,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Waimea Valley General admission:

This is so worth the time to go up and see on the North Shore. It's leisurely, but can be super fun with swimming in the pool around the falls. There are beautiful flora and fauna and gorgeous spots for pictures...it's an easy walk. Really good for kids.

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[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

Beautiful!!!
By Family of four Verified Reviewer from Sacramento, Ca on
Pros:
Stroller friendly, Swimming water, Gorgeous
Cons:
Long walk,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Waimea Valley General admission:

This was beautiful, its only about a mile and a half round trip but if you go on all the little turn offs it becomes much more. Well worth it though the waterfall is beautiful and you can swim and we were there at a time where they were offering free hula lessons.

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