Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls

Lots of people visit Oahu’s legendary North Shore to surf, but there’s more to Hawaii than its great beaches. The North Shore also has amazing sites like Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls. During a visit to Hawaii earlier this month, Dave and I walked along the trails to the waterfall and swimming hole at the end of this beautiful valley.

Yellow Hibiscus, Hawaii's state flowerWaimea FallsBotanical Garden in Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley includes 41 garden zones with over 5000 types of tropical plants from around the world. It preserves many endangered native Hawaiian plants and animals, and has Hawaiian cultural and archeological sites, too. Some of Waimea Valley’s stone terraces and walls date back centuries. We did see lots of orchid plants throughout the gardens, but we didn’t find any in bloom in early March.

Variegated Vanilla vine in Waimea ValleyUnidentified mounted orchidRipening mangoes

The lush scenery includes plants from Central and South America, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Guam, Fiji, and many other Pacific islands. It’s an easy 3/4 mile (1.2 km) walk along the main trail to the waterfall, but there are also side trails leading into other parts of the gardens. Waimea Valley is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and offers guided hikes and cultural activities.

Clerodendrum in Waimea ValleyShama ThrushHeliconia flower

Juanulloa flowersTravellers PalmsRed ginger

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One Comment on “Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls”

  1. virginia21 Says:

    Nice post. I like the waterfalls and the yellow hibiscis best.