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“Finding the falls at the end of the rainbow”
Review of Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley
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$74.00*
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Ranked #9 of 61 things to do in Haleiwa
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Owner description: Experience Hawaiʻiʻs Living Culture in Waimea Valley, deeply rooted in authentic Hawaiian History, Culture, Spirituality and Tradition. Waimea Valley is a world apart from Waikiki, be in the quiet of nature, beautiful flowers, rare plants, cultural sites and a beautiful waterfall for swimming.
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Waimea Valley is a tropical garden with many types of flora and fauna. Walking through the gardens was a beautiful interlude to the main event we were interested in...Waimea Falls. There is a water fall and pool that is gorgeous. It is a walk to get to it but was definitely worth it, even if we got there a little late in the day. There is a sort of a changing room, but I'd recommend wearing your swimming wear into the park and chaning out of them somewhere else. The falls itself is watched over by lifeguards and the water is great. In fact it was a bit cool coming off the top of the falls. There is a swim out to the falls over a deep pool to get to the foot of hte falls but that's half the fun. However, getting to the water can be a trick, the staging area is small and very rocky. Wear sandals/flip flops, etc to the waters edge and then step into the pool. The staging area as mentioned is small and can be crowded. There are spaghetti tubes available to float on so I wouldn't bring flotation devices of your own to use. There are numerous warning signs up not to "release water" or pollute (urinate) the pool and that's sound advice. There is a fee to get into the garden area and the drive on the North Shore can be a challenge, but worth the exercise.

1  Thank chyguy3
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Beautiful flowers and trees but the kids loved simming in the water fall the best! It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. We walked to the lagoon and went for a sim in the falls (yes there are even life guards on hand who were so plesant, even offered to take pictures of us with our camera as we goofed around) Something else that was fantastic was all the activities arranged for the kids. There are differnt stations set up with in the park where the kids got to play Hawaiian instruments or learn how to make hat or a fish out of leafs by braiding.
I would highly recomend this for families with children our group has 2 girls 10 years old and a boy 8 . And they never wanted to leave!

4  Thank Lisetteki
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We only got there as we found no parking by the beach....
How nice and pleasant and informative!
The botanical gardens and the walk to the fall, an absolute must!

1  Thank itzibitzi
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

There are so many amazing views on this island, that we were a bit disappointed by the falls. We found so many other state parks and open beaches that were less pricey to enter, with the same breathtaking views, that we all came to the conclusion that this was nice, but not worth the entrance fee.
There are nice cultural stations along the path to reflect and enjoy, but the falls themselves are a bit underwhelming. The buses of tourists remind you that you are indeed checking off one of the tourist 'must see's in the guidebook. Glad we saw them, but can't say we would visit again or put it on the must see list for our friends.

1  Thank Vickie11361
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Good place for short hike and garden lovers. Small fall at the end that you can swim in also. Worth the visit if you can spare 3 hours.

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