Waimea Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by kellinwood
  • Things to Do
    by kellinwood

Waimea Things to Do

  • Waimea Canyon

    A.K.A. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This is a "must do" activity when visiting Kauai. Drive to the town of Waimea and turn up Waimea Canyon Drive (one block past Island Taco on the right). Stop at all of the turnouts and lookouts on the way up. The canyon and waterfall views are spectacular.There are picnic areas, small turn-outs, and official...

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  • Kalalau Lookout

    The lookout offers a spectacular view of the Napali Coast as seen from the top of a canyon looking down towards the ocean. It can take a while to get there since it is at the end of the road as you drive counter-clockwise around the island, but its worth the trip. The view is featured on many postcards of the Napali Coast.Going to the Kalalau...

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  • Waimea Beach & Pier

    A visit to the sleepy little village of Waimea is a nice pit stop on the way up to or down from the majestic canyon. Stretch your legs and take a walk through town. Near the water is a small park and a pier. I don’t recommend the beach for sunbathing or swimming as the sand and water were very dirty when we visited but it was romantic to walk down...

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  • Russian Fort Elizabeth

    We came here to to see what was here. Basically, its not much to see just a bunch of ruins. Rocks really and a bunch of chickens.We had the jeep so that was cool because there was alot of area around here, not at the fort but nearby, where we went 4X driving.There is alot of history here which I am sure most of you coming to Kauai have probably...

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  • Waimea Canyon

    I came up here twice and I wasnt able to see anything because of the fog. But usually you would be able to see waterfalls and the valley below. This place is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and from what I hear its impressive.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Mark Twain called this the "grand canyon of the pacific" . I have to say, this canyon is very grand . It is one of those natural wonders that blows your mind ! It was so peaceful and serene. It is located on the western shore of Kaua'. This canyon is about 10 miles long, and 1 mile wide. If you look down, you can see it is deep. But I bet you didnt...

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Waimea Restaurants

  • Island Taco

    Its a nice enough place with friendly service, but you get one big taco with too much cabbage and onion in the filling. I'll be looking for an alternative if I ever come back to Waimea.

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  • Granola and Snacks

    On the main drag though town, across the street from the Shrimp Station, is a charming little store that sells yummy granola and cookies made on site. The prices are reasonable and the woman who runs the place is sweet. The granola and cookies make for yummy snacks to take with you on the trip up the canyon. The granola, of course and Marc loved...

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  • Jo Jo's Hawaiian Shaved Ice

    Jo Jo’s is written up in every guidebook as the best Shaved Ice on the island. One thing you should know about me, I love my Hawaiian Shaved Ice. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I go gaga for Shaved Ice. That being said, I’m no connoisseur. I couldn’t tell what set Jo Jo’s apart from every other shaved ice place I visited. That doesn’t mean...

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Waimea Tourist Traps

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    by April1985 Written Apr 2, 2007

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    My family and I took a bus tour around this island , because we wanted to see the sites . This bus had listed on the brochure that we would see a russian fort. We all thought, OKay , this should be interesting . We passed it going about 50 miles per hour , and the bus guide told us , "to the right is a "russian fort" its actually not a russian fort at all , some guy came over here , and lied to the king of Kauai'i and said he was russian , just so he could take over kawai'i , and when the king found out he was lieing , i guess , he just packed up shop and left . But it was never a real fort at all ... thats what he told us , dont know if its true .. but .. i wouldnt waste my time going there , because , there is nothing to see , and you will waste your money going there , and on that crappy bus . To find out crappy bus service it was , check out my other kauai'i pages, i have it listed there .

    Unique Suggestions: just dont do it

    Fun Alternatives: spend the day on the beach instead ! collect some sea shells ! everything washes up on kauai'i because of the currents of the ocean . find something interesting to bring home !

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