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About Waimea Valley
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.
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CtLinda wrote a review Jul 2021
Enfield, Connecticut46 contributions46 helpful votes
We really enjoyed visiting this botanical garden. So many beautiful exotic plants and flowers. Relaxing and enjoyable. We didn't come for the waterfall but decided to take the shuttle up to see it. A pretty spot, small waterfall. Over crowded with swimmers, but we didn't come to swim, so it did not change our enjoyment of this lovely place.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Lee L wrote a review Jul 2021
33 contributions22 helpful votes
This was a wonderful place to visit! The cultural sites were interesting, the floral was stunning, the waterfall was so much fun to swim in. We even caught the market fair at the end of our day, so much great food and souvenirs. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Elizabeth Q wrote a review Jul 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I decided to go to Waimea Valley because my grandchildren,ages 7,11,and 16 are from Maui and leaving Thursday to go back Maui..It was pouring raining and we weren't told about the rain coats that you have to purchase in the gift shop..We saw people wearing the rain coats that they purchased.. Another thing is that they should have gave a discount to tourists because of the rain. We got kamaiana discount because the kids were free and we paid for 2 adults..
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Elizabeth H wrote a review Jul 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina11 contributions9 helpful votes
The foliage and side trails were beautiful and educational. The falls experience itself was a hot mess. Our admission to the Lua gave us access to Waimea Valley and the Falls for the day. In hind sight, it wasn't worth the traffic or the walk. The falls was the downfall of the experience. There just wasn't anything majestic about a waterfall stuffed full of people with life jackets on, or people standing in line forever to get a life jacket so they can brave the slippery rocks and swim with a sea of humanity. Definitely not what I pictured my Hawaiian waterfall experience to be.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Nabilfawzi wrote a review Jul 2021
Brooklyn, New York87 contributions25 helpful votes
The staff was friendly, the ticket price was reasonable and parking ample. It is about a 10 minute walk from check in to the actual waterfall site but on a paved road. Come early (they open at 9 and we arrived by 9:20) to beat the crowds. The lifeguards were friendly and alert (they put the guy who went in without a vest on blast using their megaphone). The guy claimed he didn't know (I guess the 20+ people in the water with life-vests were not a giveaway) Water shoes help a lot as the rocks beneath your foot are moss covered and slimy. If you don't swim (like I do), the vests give you a great deal of comfort and reassurance. I stayed in the shallow end and freaked out a bit when I lost my footing. The deep end by the falls itself is rather deep (30 ft. allegedly) and I get heebie jeebies thinking about how deep that is. There are two changing stalls to changing into your bathing suit/swim trunks right before you get to the life guard station. There are small lockers for your belongings for a fee. We left ours in our backpack by the steps along with our clothes and towels. We stayed in the water for about 30-40 minutes and left as it started getting very crowded by 10:15 a.m.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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