A visit to Waimea Falls on the North Shore of Oahu
Waimea Falls in the north shore of Oahu is a fantastic place to enjoy a waterfall visit that is also family friendly and a relatively easy hike the falls and swim. Located in the Waimea Valley botanical garden and across Waimea beach, it’s a perfect additional spot to visit before or after you do some fun beach time.
Where is Waimea falls located?
Located on the North Shore of Oahu at the Waimea Valley arboretum and botanical garden which is about 34.4 miles from Honolulu on the H1 to H2 highway to the North Shore from Haleiwa. From there you take the coastal road to Waimea Valley located on the right-hand side facing Waimea Beach area.
Can you swim at Waimea falls?
Yes, you can but everyone is required to wear a life vest (available free on site) along with a life guard that is on duty at the falls. You can try out the various life vests for size and required to have them strapped in when you enter the swimming area.
How far is the hike to Waimea Falls?
Access to the waterfalls is on a graveled path that is easy with a slight incline the closer you get to the waterfalls area. The hike is only .75 miles takes less than forty minutes to get to the lookout point area and entrance to the waterfall checking and life jacket station.
What is included in visiting the gardens and falls?
The waterfalls is part of the non-profit Waimea Arboretum and botanical Gardens. Entrance to Waimea Valley botanical gardens includes access to the grounds with various garden rooms and reproductions of a typical village with buildings, artifacts and other structures that were used by Early Hawaiian people living in the area. You can sign up for a docent tour or do your own tour and follow a brochure and map to explore the various gardens and simulated villages that were typically built in the area. The collection of plants is substantial with large native plants and international plant species collected from around the world.
Note – entrance is free to the gardens and waterfall area with a purchase of the Luau ticket and experience at Waimea Valley. Check for more details on their website here for more information.
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