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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$124 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 Shore Excursions

Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

Enjoy shuttle pickup from your cruise line in port at Nawiliwili Harbor one hour prior to your flight time to begin your Kauai shore excursion. The shuttle ride is 10 minutes to Lihue Airport. Before taking flight, receive a short safety briefing, and then you’ll be ready for your 45- to 55-minute scenic flight over the island. After lift off, you will see Hanapepe Valley, home to Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurassic Park Falls. Then look down on beautiful Olokele Canyon and jaw-dropping Waimea Canyon, the famed 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific,' where many waterfalls reside. Continue over the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Bali Hai followed by the jagged cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the gorgeous blue waters of Hanalei Bay. Weather dependent, visit Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on the planet. This emerald peak hosts some of Hawaii's greatest waterfalls, such as the 800-foot (245-meter) Waipo’o Falls, which sends rushing streams into the island’s rivers: the Hanapepe, Waimea, Wailua, and Makaweli. After landing, the shuttle will be ready to take you back to port.Please note: the exact route and course you take depends on the weather.

$88 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 FallsThe 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 GardenThe 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-inPlease 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 Schedule 5:00pm 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

$15 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Kaua`i Museum

Visit: Kauai MuseumKaua`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.

$93 Outdoor Activities

Pali-Manoa 3-Hour Waterfalls Hike, Yoga, and Waikiki Transport

Our consistent 5 star reviews is your assurance we provide the premium unique experience we dedicate ourselves towards - many saying it was "the best thing they did while in Hawaii", and a "must do if you like adventure and not the typical tourist pitfalls and crowds".  If you want to see Oahu's best waterfall that you can actually lay in, we are the only group excursion that will bring you away from commercially developed waterfalls - into Oahu's most stunning hidden areas to experience the real Hawaii locals cherish.  Areas that tour buses cannot bring a mass of people, but because our mission is in spreading mindfulness ...our aim is help people discover and learn about the wonders inherent in raw nature- a true connection with Hawaii's land and culture.  We keep our groups small, bringing you into wild nature for an optimum, unique experience; as a local grassroots endeavor with a mission, our focus is to offer the most enriching experiences rather then just bringing the most people.Small Groups - Customized Waterfall Path for the best waterflow and least crowdsUnlike other tours, we customize the waterfall path that day in accordance to the best water flows - so you never encounter a day where the waterfall you get to has no water that day.  Manoa Falls is an option if you request specifically in advance, although due to the fact that you can not get close to Manoa falls (it is roped off and prohibited) and the shoulder to shoulder crowds at both Manoa and Waimea falls, our guests feel privileged to be able to access the more hidden falls within Manoa Falls and Pali Areas- Oahu's local favorite areas surrounded by lush canopied fauna unpaved paths into waterfalls where you can actually lay within crystal clear waters and no one else will likely be in your photos.  We love to show travelers interested in genuine connections to Hawaii- these rugged hidden gems where locals rest and play - the real Hawaii locals love to share with travelers that will take time to relax and really see.  Hike follows the morning Beach Yoga on Waikiki/Daimondhead area and meditation by the waterfall ad small bits of yoga in the jungle.  the yoga class is from 9am-10:15 and is optional but included at no charge.  If you have particularly high energy- we do recommend joining this beach yoga option.  Hike portion:  This roughly 3-4 hour easy to moderate hike follows after our full morning beach yoga session -Perfect for folks brand new to yoga/hiking.   With driving  time- add an hour to this.Private yoga and other dates not listed:Private yoga hikes can be requested to paved areas like Manoa Falls, Makapuu lighthouse, Waimea falls or Magic Island botanical gardens- these areas are more suited for those with limited walking abilities.  If a day is not available on this calendar, feel free to contact us to ask about additional dates at kl@sunsetyogahawaii.com

$1372.50 Private & Custom Tours

Your Private Multi Day Tours

  Your Multi Day Tours make sure you have the most fun possible, see everything you want, as well as have a driver for things like dinner, golf, or lū`au transportation.  Remove all the hassle and wasted time from your vacation, you tell us what you want, we make it happen.  You will be amazed at how much you will see and do, while you leave the tour feeling like almost local.  Your Multi Day Tours offer "Buy 2 Days get the 3rd 50% off" special!  Be taken care of from start to finish and fall head over heals in love with O`ahu!      Guests truly get the most out of their vacation with Your Multi Day Tours!  Guests are picked up at virtually any hotel, airport, or location and given a personalized private tour of O`ahu.  Choose the perfect sights and activities for you and your family, swimming, hiking, shopping, great food, photography and much more.  Choose between Your Half Day (6-Hour) Tours, Your Full Day (9-Hour) Tours, and Your Long Day (12-Hour) Tours.     You will have a dedicated guide to ensure your entire experience is smooth and seamless.  You save money and have more time to check all of the boxes on that vacation list.  On Your Multi Day Tours you will get to visit so many different attractions, different waterfalls like Waimea and Mānoa Falls, enjoy a little known pineapple plantation and some more of the best spots on the island!  These tours insure the best experiences based on the weather, as well as giving you the best chance to see and do everything you want to with your precious vacation time.      We will break up the tour in order to show you the most of each part of this beautiful island.  Explore the South and North Shores to the fullest while having an extra day to explore the Town Side of O`ahu.  Visit attractions like Waikele Outlets, Aloha Stadium, Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, Nu`uanu Pali Lookout and almost anywhere else!  Your options are virtually limitless, and every experience is tailored to your groups wishes and tastes.