Capture Panoramic Views of Kauai's Waimea Canyon

Hawaii Waimea Canyon Lookout

Added by Kyle Szegedi

This is an easy to access lookout that provides expansive views over this beautiful landscape. Bring your wide angle lens.

Referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is a large canyon around 10 miles long and 3,000 ft. deep at some points located on the western side of the island of Kauai. Begin your adventure by heading north on Highway 550 (Waimea Canyon Dr.) out of the town of Waimea. Continue on Highway 550 for 10 miles until you reach Waimea Canyon State Park. The Waimea Canyon Lookout Point is well marked and provides the best views of the canyon but there are many good viewpoints along the highway for you to pull off and view the canyon.

Capturing your shot: Use a wide focal length to capture as much of the canyon as possible, something like 24mm. Choose a small aperture to capture the most details possible, around f/9-f/22! Use a low ISO and a fast shutter speed to make sure your photos are as sharp as possible. If you have a tripod, set it up and capture some panoramic shots in Manual mode. All in all its an amazing view and no matter what camera you have your bound to get great photos!

Continue on the highway until you reach the ranger station if you want to get more info on hiking in the park. There are numerous hiking trails available!

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  • Reliable Vehicle
  • DSLR Camera
  • Tripod
  • Friends/Family
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
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6 months ago

My Favorite Part Of Kauai

I had no idea the beauty and greatness I would find at Waimea Canyon but it was the highlight of my trip. I highly recommend taking an entire day dedicated to driving the entirety of the road and stopping at various viewpoints. I did a hike to the falls and it was magnificent. Definitely pack your camera and be amazed.

6 months ago

11 months ago

Waimea Rainbows

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Waimea after having visited the Grand Canyon earlier this year. The Great Outdoors totally put me in my place, and I was blown away by this spot. The day we went, there were rainbows EVERYWHERE, not to mention tons and tons of epic hiking trails. I would only recommend that you not only stop of the "official" viewpoints, but the smaller pullouts along the road, as those were some of my favorite (not to mention more peaceful) views.

11 months ago

Added by Kyle Szegedi

Student of photography and videography. Currently residing in Bellingham, Wa. Check out my website to see some more of my work!

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