Waimea Canyon is a stunning sight on the beautiful Garden Isle. Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is a must see on your dream Princeville vacation. Spanning 10 miles long, with depths of 3,000 feet, Waimea Canyon is located on the west side of the island. Called Waimea Canyon for its reddish tint, this pristine area is a state park and the perfect location for tons of outdoor activities to take in the landscape and have a uniquely Hawaiian adventure. Waimea Canyon is extremely unique geologically in that it was created from both erosion from the Waimea River and the collapse of the volcano that actually formed the island itself. The red in Waimea Canyon is exposed basalt that has weathered from its original black color to the bright red tones seen throughout the canyon.
Whether you choose to enjoy the canyon on a drive, hiking or camping, Waimea Canyon’s breathtaking beauty will leave you in awe. You can even rent cabins in the park! With several lookouts, you can drive and stop at various locations around the canyon, or take a great hike and fully immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the park. Several companies offer bus tours of Waimea Canyon as well, offering you a guided experience with great history on the canyon as well as the perfect places to capture the beauty of the state park. Check out the rest of the blog for information on photo opportunities, hiking, as well as tours you can take.
Photo Enthusiasts: Bring your camera! Waimea Canyon offers at least 5 great lookout points to capture the canyon. Whether you hike or drive around the canyon, Waimea is a photographer’s dream. Our previous blog on photo tours offers more insight into options you have, including renting a DSLR camera for the day.
Whether you are interested in a full day hike or a short stroll, there are several hikes available in Waimea Canyon. You can hike on your own, or take a great hiking tour, which is a great option if you want a guide who knows not only the history of the area, but great trails with breathtaking photo opportunities. Bring your camera, plenty of water, and wear long pants on your hike. Waimea Canyon is an extremely wet spot with ample rainfall, so check the weather ahead of time and bring a light rain coat. Kauai Hiking Adventures is a company that offer various hiking tours, including create your own guided tour, where you can personalize your experience to get the most out of your trip.
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