Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley
4.5
Historic SitesValleysWaterfalls
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
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Also known as the Valley of the Priests, this lush region is home to various historical structures en route to a 45-foot-tall waterfall.
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  • Harry D
    59 contributions
    Hidden valley
    I really enjoyed this hidden valley it's a nice walk down to the water fall. Take your bather's and have a swim at the bottom of the falls. The only draw back is you have to pay to enter but it's worth the price to see all the fauna and have a cool down on a hot day. Worth the visit.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 16 December 2022
  • Sean C
    Haleiwa, Hawaii1,364 contributions
    Gorgeous grounds with waterfall
    Lots of different paths towards the waterfall with beautiful plant species from all over the world. Flora is all labeled and there are several places on the property to buy food and drinks. Additionally there are some gift shops and restrooms. Main path is paved and very accessible for all. It is less than a mile of a walk to the falls. There is also a cart that you could take for a fee. Once you arrive at the waterfall you are required to borrow a free life jacket to swim out and they charge to store your belongings if you choose.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 8 January 2023
  • Brian P
    Orlando, Florida32 contributions
    Swimming by a Waterfall
    We decided to visit the North Shore and this was an unexpected visit. We pulled into the Waimea Valley parking lot and walked up to the Visitors Center. It was $25 a ticket and well worth it! We walked the beautiful grounds and the pathway was all paved. The pathway ended at their beautiful waterfall where you can swim. I did not bring a bathing suit, but they had them for sale by the waterfall. I bought them and glad I did because I got to swim in one of the most beautiful places on Earth! This was an amazing experience!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2023
  • Travel’n Matt
    Nevada329 contributions
    Rainy day so no swim
    Having arrived on a rainy day I was sad that I could not swim. Totally understand why. But after walking the grounds in the light drizzle it really was wonderful and I recommend if you can to do a rainy day venture here as well
    Aloha Matt, mahalo for visiting Waimea Valley and for taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit despite the rain. A hui hou.
    Written 1 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Jemkh
    Melbourne, Australia627 contributions
    Great morning spent in the Valley
    $25pp for entry but the flora and fauna in this natural space is worth it. Educational and workers are clearly very passionate about the islands heritage. You have the option of swimming around the waterfall, patrolled by lifeguards.
    Aloha, mahalo for visiting Waimea Valley and for taking the time to leave us a review. Please know your visit is very important in keeping the flora and fauna in the botanical gardens and the conservation forests above the Valley maintained. We will share your comments with our educational staff. Mahalo nui loa and safe travels back home.
    Written 1 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Nicole B
    Toledo, Ohio323 contributions
    Gorgeous hike on Oahu
    Such beauty exists on this hike with plants labeled from all over. At the end, there is a waterfall pool to swim in that can get crowded. It’s a bit tricky to get in and out. The visit was totally worth the partial day we spent here. Got here super early so parking was ok - but it can be a problem.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Trelis730
    14 contributions
    Easy hike to eaterfall
    We stopped here as part of a north shore island tour. Walk through the Beautiful botanical garden to get it the waterfall with swimming hole. Kids loved it. Easy hike. BUT the waterfall area was overcrowded!! We were there over spring break so lots of families. But i would do it again for sure
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • dg2014jg
    Magnolia, Texas917 contributions
    Optional cart to waterfall should be considered by some with walking issues
    This was a pleasant stop. I would not recommend for anyone with walking issues unless you are prepared to take your time and to take a break here and there. There was some grumbling about how much farther the waterfall is from middle age and seniors. Plenty of seating when you finally get there. The cart is certainly an option.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • May_EXL
    Winnipeg, Canada560 contributions
    Surrounded by Nature
    You will need a few hours to explore Waimea Valley. We visited in February so it rained lightly on and off. Check their website for different entrance fee prices. We paid $25 for adults. Shuttle to the falls is available, cost is $10 pp for one way. There’s also a daily scheduled guided activities for botanical garden and cultural sites. The lifeguards make the daily swim call so call ahead on the day you’re going for swimming conditions. Arrive as early as you can. Important tip is if your goal is to swim in the waterfalls…with less crowd, I suggest you go straight to the falls first and then explore on your way back. We were among the first batch at around 10 a.m. but took our time hiking to the falls and by the time we arrived it was busy. Free life vests. You can store your valuables for a fee. There are coffee and snack bars and a gift shop by the entrance. There is also a bathroom and food stall halfway to the falls. Farmers market on Thursdays and it was the day we visited. A good day to sample and support the locals.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • mjtian
    Fremont, California16 contributions
    Easy hike for young kids, friendly staff, not too much to see or do.
    Quite a drive from Waikiki (1 hour and 15 minutes), there’s not much to see as we walked around for 90 minutes. There is a small waterfall, where you can rent life jackets and snorkel gear, but water seemed cloudy/murky so we did not go in and it was full of people in there. It literally looked like used bath water. The employees, like most Hawaiians, are beyond nice. There is a little food shack close to the water fall, which was nice. $7 hotdog seemed on the high side, but hey kids like it and it’s ‘23 so we are in the middle of record inflation. We only saw 2 peacocks and they were near the entry. We saw maybe 4 Cardinals, they were pretty and some other local birds that I cannot recall. The trail was pretty easy, no need for hiking boots or sticks. But it was just very boring as there wasn’t much to see or do. There are some beaches nearby, buts it’s Hawaii, beaches are everywhere.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
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whiskeysix
Honolulu, HI352 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Loved it here! We made a reservation and arrived just after opening. I highly recommend getting there at opening time or just before so you can get a parking spot. We just about had the waterfall to ourselves and when we were done swimming, tour buses and crowds started showing up.

Gorgeous grounds, easy walk to the falls. Even though it rained, we had patches of sun throughout. We swam in the falls- a life jacket is required which is provided and there is a place to store your items. There are also two changing rooms and a trailer of bathrooms before you get to the falls.

The fall was in full flow when we visited four days ago. The current was pretty strong and the water was deep.

People were arguing with the life guards about wearing a life jacket. My husband and son are very strong swimmers and they had to use all their force to swim near the waterfall because it was pouring out so forcefully. So, if you think you don’t need a life jacket, you just might. Put it on and enjoy safely!

There are also a couple of places to eat and a gift shop.

Absolutely beautiful place and we will be returning!
Written 30 November 2023
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Eddy
36 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Waimea Fall was dry, only a small pond of dead water. May be not the best time to visit. Take bus#52(Ala Moana Centre)to Haleiwa and transfer #60 to Waimea Valley.
Written 22 November 2023
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Michelle T
New York City, NY666 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Entrance into the Valley was included in our Toa Luau tickets. As long as you arrive by 3:50pm, which is 10 minutes before they close, you’re allowed into the Valley. At the admission gate, they tell you the status of the waterfall as well as the swimming possibilities, so you can make the decision before you pay and go up. On the day we were visiting, the waterfall was completely dry. Since admissions as included anyways, we decided to walk up, as it’s a nice walk and we had time to kill. It takes about 30 minutes to walk up to the waterfall. The road is paved and the incline is very low. It’s a very easy walk. The Valley itself is beautiful and I would recommend visiting even if the waterfall is dried up. There are a ton of beautiful plants all over.
Written 15 November 2023
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Ann M
Sykesville, MD7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took a trip to Haleiwa and Waimea Bay before walking over to Waimea Valley to hike the trail through the botanical gardens to the waterfall. If you do what we did and visit the bay, you’ll want to get there before 9:30 AM to find parking in the small lot on the beach; otherwise, you can park at the entrance to the valley and gardens on the other side of the road. The valley itself is a very pretty walk with lots of different plants to look at, but once we got to the falls we were a bit underwhelmed. It is a very small area with a busy swimming hole at the base of the falls, and there is a stand that offers dirty life jackets (you must wear one to swim in the falls) for you to wear in. After hiking up the hill we were ready for a dip, so we did go in, but after about 15-20 minutes we had enough of floating around with a bunch of other tourists and we made our way back down the mountain. I’m happy to support the state parks and conservation of the land, but if you have other things you’d like to do I would not skip them for this experience.

Waimea Bay is beautiful, and Haleiwa is also a sweet little town with lots of beaches up the coast for swimming and snorkeling. I highly recommend the food trucks near Sharks Cove (we ate at Seven Brothers Burgers, yum!), and Island Vintage Coffee is another great spot for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.
Written 11 October 2023
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Michael M
Philadelphia, PA2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit to Waimea Valley. It is a beautiful botanical garden/ arboretum with lovely plantings/ tree and flower arrangements, a terrific reasonably short trail to a very pretty waterfall, and a number of cultural attractions along the way - including a reproduction of a native Hawaiian village. It was educational, fun, beautiful, and very relaxing. Would have enjoyed it more if we hadn't visited another wonderful arboretum (Lyon arboretum, closer to Honolulu) the day before. We passed on the option to swim in the pool by the falls - it was quite crowded the day we went. But it would have been a nice way to cool off. Also didn't grab anything to eat there; there were some nice looking quick food places (a coffee shop, a pastry shop, and a couple of different types of fast food) at the main entrance. All in all, a lovely experience.
Written 9 September 2023
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Ryan H
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
I truly don’t understand why a nice little waterfall with a cracker little swimming hole under it needs to be turned into… THAT. Compulsory life jackets!?, life guards !? One with a loud speaker!? Successfully turned what could be an enjoyable easy access trip into yuk. Turned around and left.
Written 8 September 2023
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Chadean Q
3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful! A surreal experience. The path is really easy to follow, the plants are labeled. There are life jackets provided for swim in river.
Written 3 September 2023
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Mahalo for visiting Waimea Valley, and for the lovely review!
Written 5 September 2023
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Valerie O Brien
Cavan, Ireland20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This place is so peaceful and beautiful. I would recommend going early to avoid the intense heat later in the day.
Don’t leave without going for a swim at the waterfall. This is amazing and lovely and cool. A fantastic day.
If you are interested in going to a Toa Luau I would highly recommend going to the one here. It was a fantastic show and the food was amazing.
Well worth the day out.
Written 1 September 2023
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Aloha Val, Thank you so much for the kind words. We are glad you had such a positive experience at the Valley. A hui hou!
Written 5 September 2023
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Helen K
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Although everyone will tell you to go--skip this tourist trap! It was an enormous disappointment. Although the natural setting is beautiful, it is ruined by being built over, commercialized, and dumbed down. We felt like we paid $$$ for a walk through a pretty park that ended in a hotel kiddie pool, instead of feeling like we were in nature. Who wants to swim in a waterfall in a lifejacket? With lifeguards on loudspeakers? With people too lazy to walk a paved path, so they take a shuttle busy (more $). Awful. There are many places much closer to nature elsewhere. Additionally, the "cultural spots" are an embarrassment--they are antiquated ideas of how to "preserve" cultural traditions and need to be completely reimagined to join the 21st century's ideas of what sustainable tourism looks like.
Written 31 August 2023
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Kim M
San Bernardino, CA4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I picked this because it was kid friendly and elderly, that it is. The walk to the waterfall is paved, if you want to go exploring inside the botanic garden, it’s not a bad walk but even my 65 yo dad was able to do.

You’re able to go inside the water at the waterfall, they provide a life jacket. Careful because the rocks are slippery but it was a beautiful view.

Photos I uploaded are not zoomed in.
Written 27 August 2023
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