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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 May 7, 2013

If you're in North Shore and looking for something that is a bit more relaxing than surfing the giant waves at Pipeline, than make a stop here. Waimea Valley has some beautiful grounds that you can slowly meander around. Bring a camera, the flowers are gorgeous! Oh yeah...and bring a swimsuit and towel! At the end of the grounds is a 40 ft waterfall that you can swim in. There's not too many of those around. I would suggest wearing reef shoes as the ground is very rocky. The pool gets around 30 ft deep in the middle and is about a 25 yard swim over to the waterfall. There is a small ledge that you can temporarily sit on under the waterfall. If the water is running a bit slower, there actually is a cubbyhole that you can climb into behind the falls. It was running to hard when we were there to try to get in there. And the water was cold!!! Refreshingly cold, but cold nonetheless. Much colder than the ocean. When you are finished swimming, there are a couple changing lockers to switch into dry clothes. You can also rent boogie boards for $2. Be sure to check in with the life guards before you go swimming. They will give you a little bit of safety information about the pool and where you can and can't swim. Waimea Valley was a great way to spend a lazy and hazy afternoon on the North Shore.

Thank Don G
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Free parking. $15 entry is high. The falls aren't too cold. Bring a bathing suit. Lots of marked plants and trees.

Thank PrisonBull
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Overpriced but a very interesting hike. The lifeguards at the falls were great. Take a dip into the pool and head under the falls.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Very nice park and hike to waterfall. I did think $15.00 per person was a little much but glad I did it. Nice refreshing swim in the falls at the end of the hike. Beautiful flowers and plants along the way.

Thank julies101
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Waimea Falls is at the top of a "must-do" list for Oahu. Don't mistake it for just a nature hike - it is a lush, mysterious, tropical paradise, with beautiful flowers, exotic birds, and winding paths to new discoveries. Take your time and wander off the main paved path onto the secondary trails that intersect. There are interesting surprises on each one - structures, outcrops, placards with descriptions of life as it was. We found it fascinating, and like other sites we've visited in England and Ireland, ringing with ancient energy.
Bring your suit and take a plunge in the pool when you reach the falls. It's refreshing and invigorating - BUT the current is very strong from the falls. We recommend renting a couple noodles (long floats). It's about 30 feet deep in the middle, and you need to be a good, strong swimmer to make it to the falls. But once you do, cling like a snail to the side and let the water wash over you. Pure magic.
We also very much like the gift shop. The women working there are very friendly and seem to genuinely like to chat about the history of the place. We found lots of cool things we didn't see anywhere else in our travels on the island. Check the tourist handouts - they usually have a 10-20% coupon for the gift shop, and some have a 50% off for the hike.
Last note: The Farmer's Market on Thursdays - 3-7 - is absolutely great. Again, many items we did not see anywhere else. Be sure to check out the walnut brownies from Lyndee at Divine Living, and the wonderful fruit and chocolate butters from Sean. Lovely, friendly people, great atmosphere to buy some food and sit on the lawn listening to live music. GREAT TIME!

Thank RainerRock
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