Nicknamed by Mark Twain a hundred years ago as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island is the Pacific’s largest Canyon and a must-see geological wonder for everyone strolling around this region.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

19:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -11 hrs

Up to 3,400 metres deep and 10 miles long the Waimea Canyon truly is an impressive natural wonder. The Canyons distinctively unique texture was carved by rivers and floods thousands of years ago, which flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit, the wettest spot on earth, receiving an average of 440 inches rain per year. The Waimea Canyon walls are also drawn from different volcanic eruptions and it displays colour and texture, sprouts of greenery and in distance you can catch a view of dramatically rushing waterfalls.

The Waimea Canyon Drive leads to a lookout and the main Waimea Canyon overlook, offering panoramic views of Kauai's inland. The road continues into the mountains and ends at the Kokee State Park. Situated on 3400 feet, the Waimea Canyon Lookout is the most scenic lookout point, offering the most stunning views of deep gorges and impressive crags. Tour buses will not go any further than this lookout but as you hike your way further along the Canyon, numerous trails and lookouts will provide you with spectacular views of every part of the Canyon. A couple of small lookouts display the beauty of the 800 feet Waipo'o Falls. Keep in mind that the air temperature on the Canyon will be about 10-15 degree less than in the valley.


Original Highlight

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The drastic weather changes will make everyone experience this enchanted place in a different unique way once hiking up the Canyon.

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Where to stay

The pool at night at Hotel Wailea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.

The beach at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.

Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

The pool bar at Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.

The balcony at Koa Kea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Koa Kea

Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.

St. Regis Princeville, luxury hotel in Hawaii

St Regis Princeville

The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.

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