Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley
4.5
Historic SitesValleysWaterfalls
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Also known as the Valley of the Priests, this lush region is home to various historical structures en route to a 45-foot-tall waterfall.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Nicole B
    Toledo, Ohio323 contributions
    Gorgeous hike on Oahu
    Such beauty exists on this hike with plants labeled from all over. At the end, there is a waterfall pool to swim in that can get crowded. It’s a bit tricky to get in and out. The visit was totally worth the partial day we spent here. Got here super early so parking was ok - but it can be a problem.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Trelis730
    14 contributions
    Easy hike to eaterfall
    We stopped here as part of a north shore island tour. Walk through the Beautiful botanical garden to get it the waterfall with swimming hole. Kids loved it. Easy hike. BUT the waterfall area was overcrowded!! We were there over spring break so lots of families. But i would do it again for sure
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • dg2014jg
    Magnolia, Texas920 contributions
    Optional cart to waterfall should be considered by some with walking issues
    This was a pleasant stop. I would not recommend for anyone with walking issues unless you are prepared to take your time and to take a break here and there. There was some grumbling about how much farther the waterfall is from middle age and seniors. Plenty of seating when you finally get there. The cart is certainly an option.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • May_EXL
    Winnipeg, Canada560 contributions
    Surrounded by Nature
    You will need a few hours to explore Waimea Valley. We visited in February so it rained lightly on and off. Check their website for different entrance fee prices. We paid $25 for adults. Shuttle to the falls is available, cost is $10 pp for one way. There’s also a daily scheduled guided activities for botanical garden and cultural sites. The lifeguards make the daily swim call so call ahead on the day you’re going for swimming conditions. Arrive as early as you can. Important tip is if your goal is to swim in the waterfalls…with less crowd, I suggest you go straight to the falls first and then explore on your way back. We were among the first batch at around 10 a.m. but took our time hiking to the falls and by the time we arrived it was busy. Free life vests. You can store your valuables for a fee. There are coffee and snack bars and a gift shop by the entrance. There is also a bathroom and food stall halfway to the falls. Farmers market on Thursdays and it was the day we visited. A good day to sample and support the locals.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Ashley D
    Providence, Rhode Island31 contributions
    Must see/swim
    Beautiful walk up to the waterfall (just over 3/4 mi). The waterfall was a beautiful site and our children were amazed. Getting into the water is a bit challenging- rocky and slippery- especially for kids and older individuals. Definitely worth it!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Katherine Wragge
    Victoria, Minnesota25 contributions
    Amazing Experience!
    Absolutely beautiful! One of our favorite stops of our entire trip. The walk to the waterfall is so beautiful and filled with so many things to see. They have free life jackets to use once you get to the waterfall. Very relaxing to float in the water and take in the sights. It was nice to have waterproof sandals as the rocks are a little slippery on the way in. Worth spending the money to go in without a doubt!
    Aloha Katherine, Mahalo for visiting Waimea Valley and taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. A hui hou!
    Written 1 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • acabby
    Atlanta, Georgia3 contributions
    Beautiful Garden with Many Cultural Engagement Opportunities
    our only disappointment was that we didn't allocate enough time here. this is a must visit if you have time on the north shore. could easily spend 4-6 hours in the botanical gardens alone, particularly when they have the cultural engagement opportunities.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Sarah B
    Boston, Massachusetts152 contributions
    A beautiful walk for all abilities
    Magical place, such a great paved walk through lush gardens and historical reconstructions. Beautiful waterfall you can swim in at the end. The garden is the showstopper though. If you go to the Toa Luau, admission to the falls is included.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Jessica E
    1 contribution
    Waimea Falls June 15, 2023
    What a beautiful trail of Botanical garden and waterfall. This waterfall is great for all ages, especially kids. It’s a shorter walking distance to the waterfall compared to others. We enjoyed learning the local history and artesian who are set up throughout the trail. The traditional games were a hit for my kids and the 2staff members that were working the games on June 15th were so awesome. I’m so sorry I forgot their names but they taught us so much, because I had so many questions. Those two were amazing, thank you and thank you for an incredible experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2023
  • TravelBoomerang
    Kendall, Florida1,940 contributions
    Peaceful and beautiful hike
    Easy hike through a great botanical garden fusing history and nature. The Polynesian village and life reenactments were unobtrusive and offered a glimpse into the lives of those who lived on the islands in the past. The waterfall at the end of the trail is swimmable with life vests that are provided. Arrive early - at opening - to beat the crush of tourists.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
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Cynthia A
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a peaceful and pretty area. There is a paved road to the falls, with side paths through different types of plants and trees. There are also some sacred Hawaiian areas and some examples of the type of original houses there. There are bathrooms and changing areas near the falls. It didn't appeal to me as a place to swim, but it is allowed, and they require that you wear a flotation device if you do. There were some pretty flowers in bloom, but not as many as there probably are in summer. We arrived early and enjoyed the relative solitude but it was getting crowded as we left. It's a pleasant way to send a few hours.
Written 21 February 2024
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Catherine M
Toronto, Canada51 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Definitely worth it, my husband and I spent about 4 hours wandering the beautiful trails, admiring the over 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, and some birds. The size of the palms and monsters was jaw-dropping. We stopped and had a delicious hotdogs ($7 each) and continued to the falls. We had decided not to bring bathing suits and were very happy not to swim. It looked difficult, if not dangerous, to get in and out of the water as oeople had to climb over and around large rocks to get in. Everyone must wear a life jacket, which is great, though the guards were not guarding. The waterfall isn't as big as we expected but is still beautiful. On the way back we took the elevated road. Staff were very friendly and informative. If you love plants you'll love this place!
Written 11 January 2024
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Yun C
Buffalo Grove, IL48 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We saw many reviews to call this place a hidden gem which is worth a multiple-hour visit. We might have thus set a high expectation and felt it much smaller than anticipated especially we did not take the longer trail to the opposite direction of the falls. Even that, it is still a beautiful garden that's worth visiting. The landscaping is obviously in good hands and the paths are well maintained. There are couple small cultural sites along the way too that can take about 10 minutes each to look at and learn. There are also plenty of rest areas and little hills or creekside spots to explore. We spent about 1.5 hours there.
Written 5 January 2024
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,436 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
I do NOT recommend this place at all. It is a tourist trap!

Basically it's a long stroll to an unspectacular waterfall with a dozen opportunities to give them your money along the way. The cultural exhibit are not well kept and some are missing. They charge to get in, to eat, to take the shuttle to the waterfall, to rent gear at the waterfall, to store your stuff, and even to take the shuttle back to the visitor center if you're tired.
Written 11 December 2023
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LANDY31
Brisbane, Australia442 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very serene hidden treasure on the North shore. Beautiful fauna and flora. Restaurant is very reasonable and now even has a coffee shop and bar
Written 11 December 2023
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whiskeysix
Honolulu, HI360 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Loved it here! We made a reservation and arrived just after opening. I highly recommend getting there at opening time or just before so you can get a parking spot. We just about had the waterfall to ourselves and when we were done swimming, tour buses and crowds started showing up.

Gorgeous grounds, easy walk to the falls. Even though it rained, we had patches of sun throughout. We swam in the falls- a life jacket is required which is provided and there is a place to store your items. There are also two changing rooms and a trailer of bathrooms before you get to the falls.

The fall was in full flow when we visited four days ago. The current was pretty strong and the water was deep.

People were arguing with the life guards about wearing a life jacket. My husband and son are very strong swimmers and they had to use all their force to swim near the waterfall because it was pouring out so forcefully. So, if you think you don’t need a life jacket, you just might. Put it on and enjoy safely!

There are also a couple of places to eat and a gift shop.

Absolutely beautiful place and we will be returning!
Written 30 November 2023
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Eddy
36 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Waimea Fall was dry, only a small pond of dead water. May be not the best time to visit. Take bus#52(Ala Moana Centre)to Haleiwa and transfer #60 to Waimea Valley.
Written 22 November 2023
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Michelle T
New York City, NY666 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Entrance into the Valley was included in our Toa Luau tickets. As long as you arrive by 3:50pm, which is 10 minutes before they close, you’re allowed into the Valley. At the admission gate, they tell you the status of the waterfall as well as the swimming possibilities, so you can make the decision before you pay and go up. On the day we were visiting, the waterfall was completely dry. Since admissions as included anyways, we decided to walk up, as it’s a nice walk and we had time to kill. It takes about 30 minutes to walk up to the waterfall. The road is paved and the incline is very low. It’s a very easy walk. The Valley itself is beautiful and I would recommend visiting even if the waterfall is dried up. There are a ton of beautiful plants all over.
Written 15 November 2023
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Ann M
Sykesville, MD7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took a trip to Haleiwa and Waimea Bay before walking over to Waimea Valley to hike the trail through the botanical gardens to the waterfall. If you do what we did and visit the bay, you’ll want to get there before 9:30 AM to find parking in the small lot on the beach; otherwise, you can park at the entrance to the valley and gardens on the other side of the road. The valley itself is a very pretty walk with lots of different plants to look at, but once we got to the falls we were a bit underwhelmed. It is a very small area with a busy swimming hole at the base of the falls, and there is a stand that offers dirty life jackets (you must wear one to swim in the falls) for you to wear in. After hiking up the hill we were ready for a dip, so we did go in, but after about 15-20 minutes we had enough of floating around with a bunch of other tourists and we made our way back down the mountain. I’m happy to support the state parks and conservation of the land, but if you have other things you’d like to do I would not skip them for this experience.

Waimea Bay is beautiful, and Haleiwa is also a sweet little town with lots of beaches up the coast for swimming and snorkeling. I highly recommend the food trucks near Sharks Cove (we ate at Seven Brothers Burgers, yum!), and Island Vintage Coffee is another great spot for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.
Written 11 October 2023
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Michael M
Philadelphia, PA2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit to Waimea Valley. It is a beautiful botanical garden/ arboretum with lovely plantings/ tree and flower arrangements, a terrific reasonably short trail to a very pretty waterfall, and a number of cultural attractions along the way - including a reproduction of a native Hawaiian village. It was educational, fun, beautiful, and very relaxing. Would have enjoyed it more if we hadn't visited another wonderful arboretum (Lyon arboretum, closer to Honolulu) the day before. We passed on the option to swim in the pool by the falls - it was quite crowded the day we went. But it would have been a nice way to cool off. Also didn't grab anything to eat there; there were some nice looking quick food places (a coffee shop, a pastry shop, and a couple of different types of fast food) at the main entrance. All in all, a lovely experience.
Written 9 September 2023
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