The famous author Mark Twain called Waimea the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. The Canyon, which is over three thousand feet down and ten miles long, is a deep crevasse. Over four million years ago, when the island collapsed from the Kauai volcano, the canyon was formed due to erosion. Apart from its geological beauty and significance, Waimea offers something for every kind of tourist and every member of the family. You can never fall short of things to do in Waimea.
Outfitters Kauai – This popular adventure package includes fun-filled activities such as kayaking, biking, hiking, zip line and stand up paddle board tours. Whether it’s kayaking on the still water of a calm jungle stream, hiking to the waterfalls or cruising from the rim of the Waimea Canyon to the ocean shore, this package is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
Captain Na Pali Adventures Inc – This wonderful tour covers almost every type of outdoor adventure sport and activity. You can explore sea caves, visit waterfalls and remote beaches, snorkel, and swim amongst dolphins, whales and turtles. There is also a zodiac boat ride, which completes what is assured to be a wonderful experience.
Canyon Trail – This hiking trail is moderately strenuous but is worth every effort. The final view of the valley is breath-taking in its beauty. Crossing over the top of the waterfalls gives gorgeous views of the town.
Places to visit
Waimea Canyon – This world famous canyon annually attracts tourists from every part of the world. No vacation in Waimea is complete without a hike in this great canyon. This breath taking sister to the Grand Canyon provides great views and good hikes. The drive to the Canyon is lengthy but very pleasant, allowing you to truly enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific. The lookouts in the park are also very good, and worth stopping at.
Polihale State Park – This historical state beach park has breath taking views and a wonderful landscape. This beach is truly peaceful and is a wonderful place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It isn’t too crowded, and lets you have a truly calm experience of the Pacific waters.
Russian Fort Elisabeth – This is strictly only for history lovers. It is on the way to Waimea Canyon, and if you’re looking to experience a slice of Hawaiian history, then you should stop over at this Fort. You can observe the Forbidden Island from the Fort. For adventure seekers, this Fort does not have much to offer.
Waimea Theatre – This is a historic and beautiful theatre that must be a part of every tourist’s itinerary. Nightly movies are screened Wednesday through Sunday. A trip to this theatre is like a trip in a time capsule. This is truly a lovely old movie theatre.
Restaurants and shopping
There are a great number of restaurants in Waimea that specialise in authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Restaurants such as Island Taco and Shrimp Station provide wonderful seafood at affordable prices. Wrangler’s Steakhouse provides wonderful Polynesian food, suited for the entire family. There are a large number of shopping centres littered in various parts of the town. Along the beach fronts, you will find stalls that sell local Hawaiian handicrafts and souvenirs.