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“Rainforest Experience ”
Review of Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley
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US$69.00*
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Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Haleiwa
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Owner description: Experience Hawaiʻiʻs Living Culture in Waimea Valley, deeply rooted in authentic Hawaiian History, Culture, Spirituality and Tradition. Waimea Valley is a world apart from Waikiki, be in the quiet of nature, beautiful flowers, rare plants, cultural sites and a beautiful waterfall for swimming.
Montclair, New Jersey
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“Rainforest Experience ”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

What you can do here: Walk to a small waterfall, view native and non native plants, swim in the waterfall If weather and conditions permit, get bit by Mosquitos, see a few native Hawaiian structural re-creations, have lunch, see a peacock, have an ice cream (you must try Uncles ice cream sandwiches!), experience rain forest climate.

Perfect for families and non hikers either staying at the north shore or looking for day trip. Slightly pricey. Allow a few hours. Enough time for it? Go for it! On a time constraint? I'd skip it.

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Kensington, Maryland
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I didn't expect for this much to be tucked away in the valley! The price may seem high, but when you consider how much work it takes to maintain the area, it's understandable.
While the path to the waterfall is 3/4 of a mile, there are many side-paths through the gardens. The waterfall is nice, and people can swim there. Lifejackets are mandatory, and the site loans them for no extra charge. You can get a ride for $5 each way, so you could take it to the waterfall and mosey back.
The gardens are arranged by countries of origin, as well as types of flowers and plants as used by the ancient Hawaiians. There is a section that was a village, which is being reconstructed.
Then there are the birds. There are chickens, and also peacocks and some endangered Hawaiian birds. I saw a cardinal hiding in plain sight in a hibiscus bush.
If you love a good walk through botanical gardens, this is the place for you! You can spend an hour or two, or you can make a day of it.

Visited July 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Tropical Rainforest Experience”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This place really gives you the experience of walking through a rainforest. We had showers several times while we were there even though the sun was shining the entire time. The most important piece of advice you need when visiting Waimea Valley is to bring bug spray! There are lots of mosquitos around.

The walk up through the valley is nice. There is a river and lots of plant life. My children were not very concerned with the plants so we didn't spend a lot of time looking in detail but it was very beautiful. There are also lots of different kinds of birds to see. The walk is certainly doable for most people. Just make sure you aren't in a rush because it does take some time. You can purchase a ride to the waterfall via golf cart if you prefer. I would only recommend this if time is an issue or you really can't walk.

For us the highlight of the valley was the waterfall. It is beautiful to look at but my kids couldn't wait to swim! Life jackets are provided and required for swimming. They had all sizes from very small to very large. There are also lifeguards. We wore our swimsuits under clothes so I didn't experience the changing rooms but there were some and they didn't have lines outside. It is a little rocky getting in and out of the water but even my 8 year old could handle it without shoes. The water is cool but not cold and deep. It isn't clear enough to see through because of the waterfall pouring down but it is pleasant to swim in. Most people would get in for a few minutes and then get out and move on. We probably swam for an hour. The waterfall was pretty vigorous the day we were there because of the rain so the life guards wouldn't let people go directly under it, but we could swim out and climb on the rocks next to it for pictures. It is certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii.

Visited July 2014
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“Gorgeous park & waterfall”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Just across the street from the North Shore, Waimea Valley park & waterfall turned out to be one of my family's favorite places on Oahu. The minute we started our walk through the park, we were blown away by how beautiful it was. Being the picture taker in our group, I was practically jumping up and down with excitement at all the photo ops there. We started with a nice, little lunch at the cafe near the entrance and enjoyed seeing posters of all the movies filmed in the park. My husband and I and our kids (11 & 8) took the wide, paved path to the waterfall, which was a very doable, easy "hike." We took some more beautiful pictures at the waterfall and then got a ride on a golf cart back to the main entrance. This is a must-visit if you're on the North Shore!

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Poulsbo
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“BEAUTIFUL!”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Bring a picnic and TAKE YOUR TIME! The Gardens are BEAUTIFUL! Be aware that it DOES get a tad muddy after rains, but worth it! Call ahead if you want to swim in the water falls. It may not be possible if there was recently poor weather.

Visited July 2014
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