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Waimea Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

1. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

Oahu: Waimea Waterfall & Circle Island Adventure Tour

2. Oahu: Waimea Waterfall & Circle Island Adventure Tour

Join an exciting circle island excursion that will satisfy your senses and provide exceptional photo opportunities. Drive past Amelia Earhart Lookout Point on your way to the famous Halona Blowhole. Visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, and admire views of Chinaman’s Hat and Malaekahana Bay. Continue to one of the North Shore’s most famous shrimp stands, where you’ll be served your choice of 9 different sautéed shrimp plates, or other options. Drive through the town of Haleiwa and visit Sunset Beach before reaching Waimea Valley. This enchanting location, also known as the "Valley of the Priests," has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Hawaiian history. Stop at the Arboretum and admire a scenic waterfall, before heading to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Throughout your journey your nature guide will provide a fascinating narration about Hawaii’s bird and plant species, geology, history and culture. You’ll receive, a "Guide to Nature on Oahu" book as a gift.

Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

3. Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of a road trip. This app will take you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. Explore the gorgeous and green Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain for some breathtaking city views. After, visit the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and learn about its unique significance. Experiences you can have on the tour are: •⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline •⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley •⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa •⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks) •⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation •⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay •⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail •⁠ Relax at Lanikai Beach •⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town •⁠ Explore Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain

Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

4. Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Choose between two amazing options: Activity Option #1: Paddleboard or Kayak in Haleiwa on the North Shore with all equipment included. Activity Option #2: Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then, cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample some local coffee, and more.

Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley Bus Tour

5. Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley Bus Tour

Explore Kauai's striking and unparalleled nature on a bus tour to the iconic Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley. Discover the latter on a short nature trail to truly immerse yourself in the area and see Waimea Canyon from above with its red and green hues. Journey through the heart of Kauai’s countryside and ascend a mountain via a meandering road engulfed by trees and endless fields to reveal the impressive Waimea Canyon. It’s hard to believe the immense cliffs and deep gorges of the Waimea Canyon could exist on a small island. Head back down the mountain to watch ocean waves propel jets of water through lava rock at the Spouting Horn Blowhole. In quaint Hanapepe town amid sugar cane fields, view Hanapepe Valley from the lookout and cross the famous Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. Then stop for a delicious lunch at the charming Waimea Plantation Cottages' Chicken in a Barrel BBQ restaurant. Stroll through the picturesque grounds with stunning ocean front views fronting a two-mile black sand beach. Next, venture down a nature trail in Koke’e State Park for an easy hike surrounded by native Hawaiian flora and fauna. The first portion of the hike is a gradual uphill stroll for about 30 yards, then the land levels, hugging the contours of the hill. On your walk, listen for the lyrical chirping of the rare red 'apapane or i’iwi bird species who sip nectar from the blossoms on the native trees. Then, peer at the expanse of Waimea Valley from Puu Hinahina lookout point and visit the recently unveiled King Kaumuali‘i Statue at Pa‘ula‘ula, more commonly known as the Russian Fort. Finally, stroll through the Kauai Coffee Plantation beneath the warm Hawaiian sun near the coast and see the entire coffee process from initial blossoming and harvesting to the final roasting. Sample the exclusive line of estate-grown Hawaiian coffees.

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What people are saying about Waimea Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 407 reviews

Great tour with alot of information. I wish there was enough time to have done the train but not their fault. Lunch was delicious and none of the options we had were bad, tried four of them as four of us took the tour so I got to try a bunch. The long leg of the trip on the bus was a nice break from walking. There's options to walk as much or as little as you want with the longest walk being about a mile to the water fall. Well worth the money for sure.

Trip was well paced and was great way to get an overall way to experience the island terrain and culture in one day. The driver was great when a bridge blockage due to a broken water main detoured us and rerouted our circle tour into a bent “fishhook” to get everything into the tour

This was probably the Most Fun Trip in Hawai’i I took. The guide Chelsie Did an amazing job! She was Funny and Informative

Such a great trip and our driver Humu Humu was great! Really enjoyed his story telling and interactions!

The tour was wonderful! We had a great guide and a great itinerary!