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Waimea Falls Park

Waimea Falls Park is ranked amongst some of the best Oahu hikes, this is more like a pleasurable one mile stroll through lush botanical gardens, that lead up to the grand waterfall.  Still known as the popular Waimea Falls Park, this Oahu waterfall and tropical grounds are now run by the stewards of Waimea Valley Hi’ipaka.

check out this beautiful cascading waterfall and surrounding area!


History of Waimea Falls Park

Unlike the other waterfalls on Oahu, Waimea Falls Park was once an entertainment theme park where you could drive up right up and park, grab a seat, and sip on a pineapple juice beverage while watching cliff divers take death defying plunges alongside the Waimea Waterfall.  Hula dancers used to provide additional entertainment with dance performances as well.


Waimea Valley - Botanical Gardens & Waterfall


Waimea Falls Sign


After years of neglect, this area was transformed into the non-profit Waimea Valley gardens that now benefits and preserves the Hawaiian culture and community.

The road that you once drove inland to the waterfall has been turned into a beautiful botanical garden walk.

The type of entertainment now offered are more educational presentations and workshops on Hawaiian culture and history, including the surrounding lands, animals and different species of plant life.

Waimea Falls Activites


There are usually demonstrations, workshops, tours, works of art, and Hawaiian performances taking place in the main entrance courtyard.

You will find the Waimea Valley staff friendly and a rich source of information, as they take great pride in their heritage.

Waimea Falls Activites


You won’t find many Oahu hiking trails here, but more like a one-mile stroll that mainly takes place along a flat road that weaves through the lush, tropical jungle and leads you to the main attraction -- the Waimea Falls. Give yourself enough time so you can enjoy the beautiful flora on this meandering path.

Waimea Valley Gardens


You might feel like you have stepped into the movie set for Jurassic Park, as you are surrounded by oversized tropical plants and unique botanical gardens.  You will find many posted signs along your walk, describing the grounds, history and plant life that exists in the sacred Waimea Valley. 

Take note that the nursery sells plants and flowers from its award winning botanical garden on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 am.


Toa Luau to end the evening

Toa Luau Waimea Valley


Tie on a visit to the waterfall with an evening luau dinner with cultural demonstrations and Hawaiian entertainment.  The Toa Luau includes your entrance to Waimea Valley & Waterfall.  Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get back in time for the festivities.  Note that this luau only takes place only Mon - Wed.  Learn more and sign up...


The Waterfall


It should take you about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the Waimea Falls, which is anchored at the end of the trail.  You will be rewarded with the stunning presence of a 30 foot waterfall that cascades down into a pool below.

Waimea Waterfall
Waimea Falls Life Jackets



Although the cliff divers are long gone, the one thing that has not changed at Waimea Falls Park is the ability to take a plunge into the fresh water pool, and swim up to the waterfall if you dare.

You will find lifeguards on duty, and life jackets available for free use if you choose to wear one.

Visiting Tips If you want to see the waterfall in its full glory, make sure you go after some substantial rainfall.  Otherwise, the glorious cascade you were expecting might have dwindled down to a small trickle.  
This should go without saying but please do not drink the water while swimming at the waterfall.


Dole Plantation


Waimea Falls & Dole Plantation Tour

Spend a full day traveling outside Waikiki, viewing iconic landmarks around the island and famous north shore beaches, while making important stops to view the stunning waterfall in Waimea Valley, and ending the day with some fun at the Dole PlantationLearn more and reserve a spot.


Getting to Waimea Falls by Car


Waimea Valley Sign
  • Directions:  From Waikiki, take the H-1 Freeway headed West…
  • Take the H-1 Hwy West to the H-2 Hwy North
  • Follow the H-2 Hwy to the Kamehameha Hwy (hwy 99)
  • Take Hwy 99 and continue into Haleiwa Town
  • or by pass Haleiwa Town, and continue on Hwy 99 and merge onto Hwy 83, which will lead you to the coastline.
  • Continue on Hwy 83 for almost 4 miles, and turn right onto Waimea Valley Road
  • Look for a sign that reads “Waimea Valley”, which is about 200 yards down the road, and park in the parking lot.

Oahu Map for Waimea Falls Park



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Take Oahu Bus from Waikiki

Take the 98A bus from Kuhio Ave (away from Diamond Head) to the Wahiawa Armory (ask the bus drive to notify you), where you will need to transfer to the number 88A Oahu Bus. 

The 88A Oahu Bus will take you into Old town Haleiwa and then onward towards the North Shore Beaches.  Ask the bus driver to notify you once you have arrived at Waimea Falls Park.  He will drop you off near Waimea Valley Road, where you will have to walk the last 200 yards.

Street View Entrance


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Waimea Valley Entrance Fees


There is a small park entrance fee that goes towards the preservation and maintenance of the gardens and grounds.  Also consider an ultimate waterfall tour with many side attractions as well...

FREE Keiki Day Wednesdays for kama'ania & military ages 4 to 12 - August 17th, 24th, 31st 2016

  • $16.95 for Adults
  • $8.95 for Children, ages 4 thru 12
  • $12.95 for Military & College Students
  • $12.95 for Seniors

  • Special Kama’ania rates for locals:
  • $12 for Adults
  • $6 for Children

Oahu GO Card gives discounts to multiple attractions, museums and tours around the island, including access to Waimea Valley Park & Falls...

Save up to 55% on Top Oahu Attractions!

Hours of Operation

Open daily between 9am and 5pm

Closed on certain holidays, including Thanksgiving & Christmas

Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Restrooms
  • Waimea Valley Grill
  • Free Parking Lot

Waterfall Area

  • Life guard on duty
  • Changing Rooms
  • Free life jackets, swimming noodles & boogie boards for use
  • Stadium sitting area

Other Oahu Attractions in the Area


Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay

Just follow the river that travels from the Waimea Waterfall, back down the park and across the highway, into Waimea Bay Beach Park.

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Shore, this Oahu beach also produces some of the largest waves to be ridden and seen in the wintertime.  When the gigantic waves go flat in the summer, the kids turn to jumping off the gigantic Waimea rock into the water!


Banzai Pipeline

Banzai Pipeline

Travel a little bit farther up the road, and discover the world famous Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach.

If the Oahu surf report indicates that the waves are up on the North Shore, and you manage to find a parking spot, then you’re in for a treat!

This is probably one of the only spots on the island where you can walk up to the shoreline and view big wave riders, surfing perfect barreling waves that crash onto a razor sharp reef.


Old Town Haleiwa

Haleiwa Town


Haleiwa has a neat little rustic North Shore old town to stop by when passing through or returning from Waimea Falls Park.

You will find a handful of Hawaiian art galleries, ono restaurants, shrimp trucks, old school surf shops, clothing and boutique stores, and 2 popular Hawaiian shave ice shops.


Puu o Mahaka State Monument

Waimea Heiau Ruins

Waimea Heiau Ruins – Just above Waimea Bay is one of the most well preserved Hawaiian heiaus on the island, known as Puu o Mahaka State Monument.  Most of the outlying walls are still intact, giving you prospective on just how large the site was.

You can drive up to this site which is a quarter mile up the road, or take a small hike up a trail that starts just beyond the entrance to the beach parking lot.  There are some nice views along the way and up top!!



Aloha & Enjoy!!



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