Welcome to Waimea Canyon State Park


Waimea Canyon was formed when Kauaʻi’s original shield volcano, Waiʻaleʻale, slumped along an ancient fault line. The horizontal striations along the canyon walls represent successive volcanic eruptions. The red colors indicate where water has seeped through the rocks, creating mineral rust from the iron ore inside.

Drives here on a clear day are phenomenal. Don’t be disappointed by rain, as that’s what makes the waterfalls gush. Sunny days following rain are ideal for prime views, though slick mud makes hiking challenging at these times.


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Waimea Canyon State Park activities

$113.54 Outdoor Activities

Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill

You can coast at the crack of dawn, or, cruise it at the end of the day. The early birds will be blessed with soft low angled light that draws out the colors of the spectacular canyon. You won't be snoozin' - you'll be cruisin'! An "in-flight" beverage service of fresh-brewed Kauai Coffee and blueberry muffins hot out of the oven is included as you ride up in the van to begin your Kauai biking tour.If you're not into the early bird thing, try the late afternoon tour. You'll still enjoy the same low angled light for accentuation of the canyon's rugged terrain, only from the west rather than the east. Shadows and colors jump out with soft, brilliant greens, reds and purple highlights. In addition, the forbidden Island of Niihau is visible off to the west. Cold soft drinks, spring water and Kauai cookies will be served on the afternoon tour.Comfortable helmets and safe operating procedures make for a ride that's safe and controlled, but still fun and exciting. You'll be riding through one of the most beautiful and interesting places on the planet, so of course, you'll stop along the way for photos and narrative on history, culture, folklore and legends. You'll get hands-on and identify native plants, birds and trees. You'll be able to quiz your guides about the best Kauai hiking trails located in Koke'e State Park and Waimea Canyon State Park while you're in the area. As well as having a fun ride in a beautiful place, you'll learn about what makes Kauai special!

$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

$151 Cultural & Theme Tours

Da Westside Explorer

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiWe will visit Cooks landing, where the first western man set foot in Hawaii. We will also visit the Queen Elizabeth Russian Fort and learn about the history of the Russian merchants and traders in Hawaii.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Waimea Canyon, Waimea, Kauai, HawaiiIn Waimea town we will visit Aunty lilikoi's store so you can shop for some delicious locally made treats made out of passion fruit. We will then head up the Canyon and make several stops in the Waimea Canyon State park including but not limited to: Waimea canyon lookout, Waipo'o Falls, and two other surprise stops.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Koke'e State Park, Kekaha, Kauai, HawaiiIn the Koke'e State park we will visit one of the most iconic lookouts on Kauai, The Kalalau Valley. We will also spend time exploring the Koke'e museum, and we will enjoy a one hour leisure lunch at the Koke'e Lodge Restaurant.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kauai Coffee Company, Kalaheo, Kauai, HawaiiWe will visit the largest coffee plantation in the US and sample over a dozen roasts for free. You will also have time to take a short self guided tour, and do some shopping for Kauai grown coffee beans.Duration: 45 minutes

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