Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

About Waimea Canyon


A younger, smaller version of Arizona’s monstrous Grand Canyon, Kauai’s Waimea Canyon amazes every visitor who experiences this natural formation. Over one mile long, 14 miles wide and over 3,600 feet deep the Waimea Canyon is an oddity in itself. (Don’t confuse it with the Waimea Bay and Waimea Valley on Oahu). Behold the beauty of crested buttes, deep valley gorges, rustic ridges and massive boulders. (Photo: keepitsurreal on Flickr)


Why would there be such a massive canyon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Mount Waialaeale, one of the wettest spots on Earth, sent extreme rainfall down its slope and formed a deep incision of the Waimea River, carving out the Waimea Canyon.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Amenities: Photo opportunities, restrooms.
  • Insider Tip: There are more than 45 miles of trails throughout the canyon, which is protected by the Kokee State Park.
  • Fun Fact: Waimea means reddish water in Hawaiian.
  • What to Expect: Koke'e State Park .