Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Hawaii is brimming with beautiful vistas, and Waimea Canyon is definitely one of those stellar views!

Waimea Canyon is about 10 miles long, a mile wide and over 3,500 feet deep.  It’s commonly known as The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The actual Grand Canyon might be a little bigger, but the two are equally breathtaking.

The landform was created by flooding as well as river and lava flows taking place over centuries, as well as a massive volcanic collapse.  The result is an amazing panorama of deep chasms and rocky crags, all in a rainbow of colors that will astonish you.

You can drive along Waimea Canyon Road to see the beautiful scenery.  Do stop at the many pull-outs along the way to take some pictures.  Just don’t go past the fences and make sure you fill up before you leave as there are no gas stations on the way.

Hiking is also an option for you sportier vacationers. Kokee State Park is the encompassing area, and offers numerous hiking trails.

The most spectacular way to see the canyon is by helicopter. If you can swing it, it’s well worth it and you’ll be treated to some awesome memories.

Whether you’re behind the wheel of a car, on your own two feet, or flying through the air, the best time to visit is early in the morning. Not only will you beat the crowds, you’ll also have a better chance of catching the clearest views. If you’re lucky you’ll see Mt. Waialeale – the wettest spot on earth averaging 450 inches of rain per year. Waimea is often shrouded in clouds and that can make viewing limited later in the day.

Waimea Canyon is one of those must-sees on Kauai, so be sure to add it to your itinerary!

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