As you are planning activities for your Oahu vacation, you might want to consider swimming at a waterfall for a unique experience.
On Oahu, there’s not an abundance of waterfalls that the public can access. Manoa Falls is an amazing Oahu waterfall, but visitors aren’t allowed to swim there. The good news is that Waimea Falls (also known as Waihi) in Waimea Valley offers a safe place to swim at a waterfall. Friendly lifeguards are on duty . Life vests are available for you use. A changing room and restrooms are also available here. I don’t think there’s anywhere else in Hawaii where you’ll find these safety features and facilities at a waterfall.
You must pay an admission fee to get into the valley. Once you’ve paid the fee, you’ll have to walk approximately 3/4 of mile on paved paths to get to the waterfall.
Besides Waimea Waterfall, there’s plenty to see in this valley that features botanical gardens and some Hawaiian history and cultural information. If you go, print the second page of this brochure (pdf). I really wish this place did more to help guide visitors to their attractions as they offer no maps and minimal guidance once you have paid your admission.
Waimea Valley is open daily from 9am – 5pm. It’s located on the North Shore of Oahu across from Waimea Beach. For more information, visit their website.
Here’s a video Andy shot during our visit to Waimea Falls. (Email subscribers: click here to access the video.)
For fans of the television show LOST, Waimea Falls may look familiar to you. In the earlier seasons, the plane crash survivors collected fresh water here. Kate and Sawyer also had a romantic swim here.
Have you been to Waimea Falls for a swim? What did you think of your visit?