Welcome to Waimea


Waimea means ‘reddish-brown water,’ which refers to the river that picks up salt from the canyon and colors the ocean red. Sugar plantations played a role in the town’s development and the skeleton of the old mill can still be seen amid the tech centers that house both defense contractors working at the nearby Pacific Missile Range Facility and an even more controversial presence: multinational chemical companies that develop genetically modified seeds for worldwide crop cultivation.

While many itineraries skip the town, there's enough history here, plus a decent beach for walking, to make it a fun afternoon adventure.


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$129 Tours & Sightseeing

Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling from Waikiki via Bus

After hotel pickup by minibus in Waikiki, your day tour with your guide starts at Diamond Head for a brief photo stop at a lookout. Search the waters for migrating whales before heading to the Halona Blowhole, where you can watch waves crash into a lava tube and spray water up to 50 feet (15 meters) in the air.Pass by Sandy Beach and make your way to Makapu’u Beach for a glimpse of the aquamarine surf and views of Makapu'u Point Lighthouse and Manana Island (Rabbit Island) in the distance. Your next 15- to 20-minute stop is a secret spot at Waimanalo Beach Park, a gorgeous white-sand beach that was featured in the TV drama Hawaii Five-0.  Then your guide drives you past lush rainforest en route to Tropical Farms, a family-owned macadamia nut farm and outlet. Try your hand at cracking raw macadamia nuts, enjoy a variety of samples and taste macadamia nut coffee. A short stretch up the road is Mokoliʻi, formerly known as Chinaman's Hat. Stop at Kualoa Point to snap pics of this basalt island in Kane’ohe Bay, and then head further up the windward coast to the rugged peninsula of Laie Point, with views of the Ko’olau Mountains.Cruising along the North Shore, gaze out the window at famous surf breaks like Pipeline, Waimea and Sunset Beach before arriving at Tsue Farm, where you can purchase a Hawaiian plate lunch. Dig into pork, shrimp, teriyaki chicken or veggie stir-fry, and then stop by Tsue's Shave Ice for a classic Hawaiian treat (all food at your own expense). If you’d like, you can rent a paddleboard or kayak to venture down the Anahulu River during your 45-minute break here.Next, it’s on to the highlight of your tour: green sea turtles! Stop by a secluded feeding ground referred to as ‘Turtle Town’ for one hour of guided snorkeling. Afterward, you may use the beach park’s outdoor showers and changing rooms before your final stop at the Dole Plantation. Spend about 30 minutes here, where you can walk around the grounds and perhaps try a refreshing Dole Whip, a pineapple-flavored frozen dessert (own expense). Your day tour ends with the 30- to 45-minute return drive to Waikiki for hotel drop-off.

$259 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Hanalei Valley Lookout, Hanalei, Kauai, HawaiiHanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island. It has nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains. The wetlands of Hanalei Bay were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians.Pass By: Na Pali Coast State Park, Wainiha, Kauai, HawaiiAlthough inaccessible to vehicles, this coast can be enjoyed by air. Stunning jagged knife edges from years of erosion and its vibrant colors of plant growth covering it.Pass By: Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls), Hanapepe, Kauai, HawaiiManawaiopuna Falls, known as Jurassic Falls is a privately owned waterfall and was featured in the background of several scenes in the 1993 Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park.Pass By: Waimea Canyon, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiKauai's Waimea Canyon is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This magnificent large canyon is approximately ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep with absolutely stunning views.Pass By: Hanapepe Valley LookoutHanapepe is a historic, unincorporated community.The town was the inspiration for Kokaua Town, the fictional hometown of the main characters in the Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch and its related franchise. The town was not named until Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

$98 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Toa Luau at Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley Admission IncludedSAME-DAY entrance to the valley is Included with your Toa luau purchase. So come early! Allow at least 2 hours before the luau starts to explore the valley and Waimea falls. Please present your luau voucher or booking confirmation at Waimea Valley ticket booth. Waimea Falls The Valley offers a scenic paved path leading up to Waimea Falls at three quarters of a mile one way. While pace may differ for each visitor, the path can take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes to complete one way.  With a paved scenic path leading straight to the 45 ft. natural waterfall, Waimea Falls is one of the most accessible falls on Oahu. The falls measure about 40ft in height, splashing into a large pool available for visitors to swim in. Life jackets of all sizes are offered free of charge. The path is also easily accessible to those who may have any physical mobility limitations. A golf cart shuttle is offered for the fee of 10$ per person for a trip up to the falls and back down. Waimea Botanical Garden The Botanical gardens in Waimea Valley is home to some of the islands most diverse collection of plant life preserved and studied in any one place on Oahu. Enjoy the fragrant flower gardens with blooms grown commonly for use in Hawaii’s symbol of Aloha, the lei. Take in the fresh air meandering under the lush green tree top canopies. Transportation optionWe do not provide transportation at this point. All guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation. Self-driveToa Luau is located inside Waimea Valley at         59-864 Kamehameha Hwy         Haleiwa, HI 96712 Right across from Waimea beach on the north-shore of Oahu. Please allow yourself at least 2 hours before the luau starts to explore the valley and Waimea falls. Luau Check-in Please have your voucher ready, either printed or electronic. Be sure to take a screen shot and save it as a backup in case you lose network connection. Please note that check-in time varies depending on the date of your luau. See luau schedule below. Luau Schedule5:00pm Check-in 5-6:30pm Cultural Demonstrations 6:30-7:30pm Luau Dinner Buffet 7:30-8:30pm Polynesian Show 8:30pm Aloha and Farewell

$19.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kauai full-island bundle - GPS Driving tour app

ItineraryDay 1: North Shore Kauai tourStop At: Hanalei Valley Lookout, Hanalei, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Wailua Valley & Waterfalls TourStop At: Wailua Falls, Lihue, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Poipu & Koloa Town TourStop At: Poipu Beach Park, Poipu, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Coast TourStop At: Waimea Canyon, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$9.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kauai Coffee Company, Kalaheo, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Waimea Canyon, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Waipo’o Falls, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Koke'e State Park, Kekaha, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Puuo Kila, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Pihea Trail, Kekaha, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Waimea Town Market, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Kiki a Ola (Menehune Ditch), Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Hanapepe Salt Ponds, Hanapepe, Kauai, HawaiiDownload the app to find out more!Duration: 10 minutes

$15 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Kaua`i Museum

Visit: Kauai Museum, Lihue, Kauai, HawaiiKaua`i Museum reflects the heritage and artistic achievements of the indigenous and immigrant people of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau. Explore the early days of life in Paradise, learn when Captain Cook first landed in Waimea in 1778, discover geological history of the Hawaiian Islands, their flora, marine life and volcanioc origins. We hope to give you an understanding of the rich history and culture of the Hawaiian people.