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“Scenic Drive, Spectacular Views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon
Koke'e Road, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96752
808-274-3344
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Waimea
Type: Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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Owner description: "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep.
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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17 attraction reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Scenic Drive, Spectacular Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I think this is a must-see if you are on the Kauai. I’ve been told that the best way to get there is to take Waimea Canyon Drive in Waimea. That is what we did. It’s helpful if you have a GPS or good guidebook because that road is only marked by a small street sign. It would be easy to miss the turn off. As you ascend a scenic and tortuous drive towards the canyon, you will pass several pull-outs that have scenic overlooks. I’d encourage you to visit all or most of these, because they each have their own scenic perspective.


The main viewing point is Waimea Canyon Lookout, and the view there is spectacular. It has a parking area and restrooms. We saw several “mountain goats” there. However the ones we saw did not appear to be Mountain Goats like you’d find in the American West. They appeared to be domestic goats that were now feral. There are a couple other lookouts as well. I did not think the signage was as good as it could be in the area. Once we got to the higher remote areas, we could not get a cell signal in many areas, rendering the GPS in our phone pretty useless (it can’t download the maps). Again, having a map or a good guidebook, such as “The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook” or “Kauai TrailBlazer” is helpful.


Weather will determine the quality of the view. If the upper elevations are shrouded by clouds views may be obscured. Stating the obvious but a clear day is preferred. We had a pretty good view at Waimea Lookout with some clouds blocking us. At the Pu’u Ka Pele Lookout it was a complete whiteout, and we saw nothing.


I’m from Arizona and wanted to see the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii.” OK, sorry, but it pales in comparison to the real Grand Canyon, not even a close second. However it’s still an incredibly beautiful area and was one of the highlights of our trip. If I return to Kauai, I definitely visit this area again.

Visited March 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Living in Phoenix and hearing people compare it to the Grand Canyon, we HAD to take a look. It was gorgeous and the drive up to the canyon was beautiful. We only made it to the lookout point and did not officially enter the state park. If you are looking for some great photos and do not want to go the extra distance to the state park entrance, the overlook will do just perfectly!

Visited April 2013
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Illinois
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“breathtaking...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

you have to take the drive to Waimea Canyon. it's a great drive and worth it when you get there. Go early in the day..it's really pretty...also drive to the end to the furthest point and walk up to what is knoown as The wettest Spot on Earth..it's like someone turned on the shower and forgot to turn it off..just in that area!

Visited March 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“Stunning Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was my first time taking my son to visit the canyon but it had been nearly 25 years since I had last visited. While it was sunny down below there were a few rain clouds up at the canyon but the views were fantastic. I know they say early but we arrived around 10, still beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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Cassville, Wisconsin
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“waimea canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is so much better then the Grand Canyon,and I had never heard of it before.so incredible!!The colors were amazing the green and orange.the canyon was very deep and wide.Most people go to Maui,but Kauai is well worth if just for the canyon alone!1

Visited February 2013
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