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Waimea

Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea, 96796

The basics

To learn about Hawaii’s cowboy culture, opt for a horseback riding adventure, tour a working cattle ranch, or catch a rodeo or horse racing event. You’ll also find great hiking in the nearby Waipi’o and Pololu Valleys and stargazing at Mauna Kea. One of the Big Island’s most scenic drives, the Kohala Mountain Road, heads out from Waimea and winds its way through rolling green pastures to the Kona Coast.

Waimea also boasts an award-winning brewery, several fine dining restaurants, and a couple of gourmet burger joints featuring locally sourced meat. Sample delicious local products and browse handmade jewelry and crafts at one of the town’s four weekly farmers markets.

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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
$143.45 per adult
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Thrilling and Awesome adventure
The van ride up to the top of Waimea was Fun but the biking down was thrilling and Awesome. 🏔 🚴‍♀️ 🚴🏼
Dean_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Worth every minute
Robert_S, Feb 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
A perfect day. Tour guide, John, very personable, felt right at home. Vehicle clean, easy in/out at many interesting stops. Guide shares an abundance of knowledge on many aspects of island, plants, animals, people and history. This tour is of south shore of Kaua'i and continues to the road's end in Waimea, west side island, with views of Napali coast from the landward side. Many excellent photo stops.
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Definitely worth the...
Meghan_L, May 2022
Ultimate Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour of Kauai (Na Pali, Waimea), Hawaii
Definitely worth the money. Very easy to use and spot on with locations. We did lose reception as we got closer to Waimea but the app still worked since it was downloaded. Highly recommend if you are looking to use your own vehicle and go at your own pace. We loved stopping in each of the towns along the way.
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Great Day
Colette_L, Jun 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
It was so enjoyable to see the highlights of the South shore and Waimea canyon while learning about the lore and facts. Elena was knowledgeable and friendly and very accommodating.
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David, the best tour guide
Lingjie_X, Jun 2022
Intimate Waimea Canyon Half Day Eco Fun Tour from South Kauai
David (Sharky), he is the best tour guide I had for the trips I had in Kauai. I have joined couple other trips too but the one with David is awesome! He showed the group to the spots where you can enjoyed them views while avoiding the crowds. Also, he managed to drive us all the way to Waimea state park where the roads are very narrow and brought us back safely :) I would highly recommend the trips that are guided by him!
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Spectacular
tkkmgreen, May 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
This is one of the best activities we have done, anywhere, anytime. The downhill biking was spectacular, but the entire trip was well organized and well planned, and the guides were not only safety conscious, but also entertaining, creative and tech-savvy photographers, with great island dining and hiking recommendations.
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Beautiful views!
Tiffany_G, Mar 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and kept the ride fun and enjoyable. Safety was their concern. I would recommend having some bike riding experience.
star-5
Enthusiastic, personal, friendly
Denise_P, Jun 2022
Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
Noah gives a fantastic tour. He’s knowledgeable, enthusiastic, & passionate about Kauai. With personal touches through the tour, it’s a great way to see and learn about the amazing canyon and south side.
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Fantastic day
Joed_S, Jun 2022
Intimate Waimea Canyon Half Day Eco Fun Tour from South Kauai
Our guides not only took us to the most beautiful spots on the island, but they also grew up here and had wonderful stories of their own to share. This with their knowledge of culture made this an absolutely great day learning and laughing. Having a smaller group made this way more personal and I would definitely recommend this trip for anyone. Mahalo.
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Perfect Day in Paradise
James_C, Jun 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Great time. John was an excellent tour guide. He took us to all the regular stops and even stopped at a bakery for us to grab some great treats
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Self guided tour the best
rdavis1945verizonnet, Apr 2022
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
Great narration; great stopping points; Waimea canyon the best. Didn't want a group. Wanted to go at our own pace.
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Relaxing day.
Dennis_d, Jun 2022
Intimate Waimea Canyon Half Day Eco Fun Tour from South Kauai
Learning some island history . The Shrimp Station had delicious shrimp dishes. The viewpoints were spectacular. Dave was a great driver.
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Fehn's conquer Waimea Canyon
Nicole_F, Jun 2022
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
Loved that it was at your own pace. Loved the narration even though it seemed to "cut out" a lot of words. Had a great time.
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Things to know before you go

  • Learn about Hawaiian cowboy culture at one of Waimea’s working ranches.
  • Foodies won’t want to miss Waimea’s vibrant local food scene.
  • Waimea is located at a higher elevation, so expect cooler temperatures than the coast.
  • Several towns in Hawaii are called Waimea, so the Big Island’s Waimea is also known as Kamuela to avoid confusion.
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How to get there

Waimea is located in the northern part of the Big Island of Hawaii, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Hilo. Waimea is most easily visited by car, but it is also accessible via the Hawaii Island Hele-On Bus.

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When to get there

Waimea’s mild year-round weather makes it an excellent destination in any season. Farmers markets are open year-round and the ranches hold rodeos and horse racing events on weekends during the summer months. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit the Big Island in May or September through November.

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Visiting Parker Ranch

Waimea’s Parker Ranch is one of the oldest cattle ranches in the United States. Visitors can tour the historic ranch homes and learn about Hawaii’s cowboy culture and ranch life at the Parker Ranch Headquarters. The ranch also offers guided hunts, horseback riding, and Fourth of July and Labor Day rodeo events.

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