Do not plan on any extended visit to this very bleak and uninteresting site. We drove in- and out- in less than 5 minutes. Nothing to see here...
It is interesting to stop for a few miutes and learn that Russia had a presence here at all. But it is just a info board, the ruins of the fort and not much else. Its Ok to pass this one by.
The fort is nothing to speak of, and there are weeds and bees everywhere. But keep driving down the dirt road and you'll come to the beach - it's a dark (not quite black) sand beach and it's where the Waimea river meets the ocean. Really interesting to watch the river and the ocean converging, and the sand is really... More
I understand cities wanting to draw tourists in hopes they will shop,eat,etc. But to list this as a reason to visit Waimea is a bit over the top . In as few words as possible, don't bother It is a pile of rocks and has been for a long time. Continue the drive to the canyon.
Is there anything even here? We drove here expecting there to be at least something to look at, but we could have gotten all the information we wanted/needed from a guide book. No thank you. Skip!
If you like history, then don't pass this up. If you are a casual tourist then you might want to drive on. This was exactly what I thought it would be. 200 year old ruins of a rock fort. There is really nothing else to see and there also isn't much interperative signs to help guide you.
It is a large ruin, where the outer walls all collapsed decades ago; no restoration work; no ability to see inside; no climbing on rocks. A modest information board, and you're on your way. Perhaps some day some Russian historical organization will make funds available for restoration work. Till then, it will remain a ten minute stop on the way... More
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