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"The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep.
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Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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All reviews winding road look outs beautiful drive hiking trails lookout point take your time breathtaking views pu'u o kila red dirt easy drive worth the trip sunny day napali coast take pictures helicopter ride fruit clouds
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Besides the lusciously covered canyon areas there was a large waterfall the day of my visit which was easily visible from multiple lookouts. Also at the most southern lookout, there was a table setup selling cookies, breads, fruit cups, etc.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A little cloudy the day we drove up but still able to see some great views, we took a helicopter tour over the canyon on a clear morning and it was amazing!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jessetrav
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Words are hard to come by in describing this beautiful canyon. From the winding road all the way to the top, stopping at each and every lookout in both directions. WOW! Simply not enough adjectives. Beauty and majesty at literally every turn. Sights and sounds...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Baward2
Reviewed 3 days ago

Because it was super cloudy the day we went up to visit it! Windy road up, and definitely chillier up there...but we took a chance and were hoping the clouds would break up but no luck. We've seen it several times before and it's breathtaking....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank jswhit
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful drive to get there and the hike in does not disappoint! Where some smart shoes and bring plenty of water. The views are spectacular and many photo opportunities are available. The water fall area is a popular rest spot and swimming...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank selahsplash
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This canyon is worth the drive. There are plenty of look out points along the winding road to the top. I recommend going in a rental car rather than a tour bus, especially if you tend to get motion sickness. The spectacular view from the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 445alissab
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is up in the high mountains so sometimes is a little rainy and foggy but when you are there (hopefully there is no fog) it is breathtaking. I'll go back again if I ever go to Kauai again!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank marthatudisco
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Waimea Canyon twice during our stay. One visit was to watch birds and hike some of the trails and the other was from above in a helicopter with Safari Tours. Both experiences were amazing. It is a magical place.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Djbutton
Reviewed 6 days ago

Definitely worth a drive to the top, but cannot be faint of heart. Fantastic views, lots of curves & steep drops and hopefully you are not afraid of heights. There are various view stops, so you can catch your breath. Recommend that you dedicate half...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank DHMoze
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is well worth the drive. There many viewing spots along the way. Once you get to the top, it is hit or miss if it is clear. When we first got there it was clouded over so we hiking around, then it started to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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August 24, 2019|
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Response from Rudybaga | Reviewed this property |
Plan a half-day for the Canyon. Morning is better before the clouds build up. While on that side of the island stop at the Kauai Coffee Company and pick up some premium coffee to take home. I recommend seeing the all... More
August 22, 2019|
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Response from too_few_trips_1 | Reviewed this property |
No where near as bad as Hana. The road is narrow in places, but you can pull off frequently.
July 14, 2019|
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Response from BurkeJohnC | Reviewed this property |
You might be able to drive the length of Waimea Canyon Drive and Kokee Drive (it’s one road that changes names along the way) and back (it’s a dead-end so you have to drive back down) with brief stops at a couple of scenic... More