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.
The waterfall is located approximately 3/4 of mile from the entrance. The way there is on paved paths that meander through beautiful forests.
There is an admission fee to get into the valley. You can save time by pre-ordering your admission.
So, the waterfall is quite nice, but there’s so much more!
Besides Waimea Waterfall, there are great themed botanical gardens. Also, you’ll have the chance to learn a bit about Hawaiian history and culture. The valley itself has quite a bit of history.
Waimea Valley is open most days from 9am – 4pm. It’s located on the North Shore of Oahu across from Waimea Beach. For more information, visit the Waimea Valley website and check this link for admission.
Here’s a video Andy shot during our visit to Waimea Falls.
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?
For more reviews of Waimea Valley, see these TripAdvisor reviews.