Enjoy a day at Waimea Valley Waterfall on the North Shore
Waimea Valley Waterfall located on the North Shore of Oahu and directly across the road on Waimea Bay is a fun and family friendly place to explore if you want to hike and then swim at the waterfall. You are allowed to swim at Waimea Falls with lifeguard present and the Waimea waterfalls is an easy and short hike through mostly paved road leading to the waterfall area. Along the way, you can also tour different parts of the gorgeous Waimea botanical garden that is both historic and a great place to capture some amazing and colorful photographs and selfies.
Explore Waimea Valley waterfall and botanical garden
A family friendly experience at Waimea waterfall and touring the botanical garden is a fun experience. Run by the non-profit organization Waimea Valley Arboretum and botanical garden, this area is historic and fun to tour. You can enjoy an easy hike on a paved trail to the waterfall which is also supervised at the swimming area or you can take a tour of the gardens and mock villages for a unique look at the culture and treasures of this botanical garden. You can find out more about Waimea Valley botanical gardens and area here for more information and history to the area.
How to get to Waimea waterfalls on the North Shore
Coming from Honolulu area, the waterfalls is located about 34.4 miles to the north via Hwy 1 which turns to Hwy 2 and then Hwy 99 into Haleiwa town and you take the coastal road directly to Waimea falls. The trip takes about an hour and ten minutes taking this route. Follow the coastal road to Waimea Valley and enter the Waimea botanical garden to the right side and just follow the signs to the parking lot. It is possible to take the bus here but the time frame is a lot longer to do this travel especially if you also want to do some beach time.
Can you swim at Waimea waterfalls?
Yes, it is a supervised pond that fronts the waterfalls with a lifeguard station. Any visitors to the pond is required to wear life vests that is included in the park admission. The lifeguard will help you find and fit you for the vests if you are interested in swimming around the waterfall area. No swimming is allowed next to the waterfalls because of any flying debris from the falls itself. The pathway is rocky so it is advised to wear water shoes if you are getting into the water area.
Waimea Falls Hike information
Distance – .75 miles one way
Difficulty – easy on a paved road
The hike to Waimea falls is very easy and on paved trails that have a slight incline to the waterfall. It is about .75 miles on the paved trail to the falls and a small section closer to the falls where it is a dirt/pebble trail to get to the check in station to fit your life jackets before you swim. Along the hiking trail are beautiful botanical gardens that you can also explore through side trails and short walks to the various garden areas and even a mock ancient village you can tour.
Other activities to see at Waimea Falls and botanical gardens
There’s plenty of other activities you can do and tour around this area to include:
Docent tour of the various botanical gardens
Visit a reproduction of an ancient village that is set up with signage of what you are seeing on this area and what the structures represent.
Map is included to visiting the various parts of the botanical garden
Check out a plant garden of native only plants that were grown in the area
Regular and new events on their calendar, check here for more details.
More details to visiting Waimea Falls and botanical gardens
Opening hours – 9am to 4pm, closed on Monday
Entry costs – $20 adults, $16 seniors or students, $12 Child (ages 4-12)
Kamaiana $10 adults, $8 seniors or students, $6 Child
Direct shuttles to the waterfalls are offered and cost $10 per direction
Find out more information on visiting Waimea Falls and botanical gardens here for updated information, tours and calendar of events.
Mailing Address: 59-864 Kamehameha Highway Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
GPS Address: Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712 (enter this address on your GPS for directions)
Main Line (808) 638-7766
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Conclusion to visiting Waimea Waterfalls
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