Hike to Waimea Falls



1.9 miles

Elevation Gain

216 ft

Route Type


Added by Anna Cohen

Easy, leisurely hike through a tropical valley, ending at a beautiful waterfall and swimming holeGreat hike for the whole familyDistance: 2 miles roundtripHistorical sites and informational signs along the way

The hike to the Waimea Falls offers both the natural beauty of a tropical rainforest, as well as the unique, in situ opportunity to learn about local history. Although this hike can be crowded, it is definitely worthwhile to see and swim in this amazing Hawaiian waterfall.

The approximately mile-long, flat path to the falls is lined with larger-than-life, exotic flowers, while large trees loom above, providing a canopy over a good portion of the path. The trail can still get very hot, however, so make sure to bring enough water.

Luckily, relief from the heat lies at the end of this hike. The trail ends at the breathtaking Waimea Falls, where water plummets 50 feet into a cool, tropical swimming hole. Enjoy a dip in the cool water – there is a lifeguard on duty, and life vests and floaty toys are also available, free of charge. If you are feeling brave, you can climb onto one of the rocks beneath to falls and jump into the pool.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while you dry off in the sun, after your swim – there is stadium style seating near the falls, where you can relax before heading back down the trail.

Also make sure to allow time to make stops on the trail: along the way, there are numerous archeological sites—including dwellings, animal pens, and burial sites—as well as signs detailing the history of the valley and local people.

Directions: The hike to Waimea Falls is located in the Waimea Falls Park, across the street from the world famous Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu. There is a fee required to gain access into the park, but parking is plentiful.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole



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