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Waimea Canyon, Kauai

 

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Quick Facts

  • Name: Waimea Canyon
  • Where: On the southwest side of Kauai in Waimea
  • What: Scenic canyon nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"
  • More Info: Parking lot, toilets, lookout. $1 for walk-ins, $5 for cars.

West Side

Waimea Canyon, on Kauai's West Side, is described as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Although not as big or as old as its Arizona cousin, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder in Hawaii. Stretching 22 kilometres long, 1.6 kilometres wide and more than 1 kilometre deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles.

The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai's dramatic interior. The road continues into the mountains and ends at Kokee State Park. There are numerous trails to traverse for beginners and seasoned hikers.