The island of Kauai is rich in natural beauty. However, while many people imagine pristine beaches and lush rainforests, Kauai is also home to Waimea Canyon, a natural wonder reminiscent of the famous canyons found in the Southwestern U.S.
At Parrish Kauai, we highly recommend our guests visit Waimea Canyon. There, you will find plenty of great hiking trails to immerse yourself in one of the island’s finest landscapes. We have some tips for planning your trip to Waimea Canyon; read on for a list of our favorite hikes, a lunchtime favorite, and more.
The Best Waimea Canyon Hikes
Waimea Canyon Lookout: Let us start with a warm-up; Waimea Canyon Lookout is a paved, 0.1-mile loop trail located in Waimea Canyon State Park that is accommodating for hikers of all skill levels. Despite its short length, Waimea Canyon Lookout is undoubtedly worth a visit. On your hike, you will take in magnificent views of Waimea Canyon from different angles.
Iliau Nature Loop Trail: At just 0.4 miles long, Iliau Nature Loop Trail is another short and sweet trail in Waimea Canyon State Park. On this loop, you will encounter beautiful wildflowers and, of course, magnificent canyon views. Keep an eye out for birds; Iliau Nature Loop Trail is a popular spot for birding on the island.
Waimea Canyon River Trail: Hike from Kokee Road into Waimea Canyon, ultimately reaching the Waimea River, which formed the canyon. This hike is not for the faint of heart; this 10.4 mile out and back trail features a steep incline and hot conditions. The Waimea Canyon River Trail is a challenging hike even for experienced hikers, but those who have made the trek rave about the breathtaking views.
More Tips for Checking Out Waimea Canyon
- Pack plenty of water; Waimea Canyon can reach high temperatures in the summer.
- Bring your camera; you will have an abundance of great photo opportunities.
- Consider going near sunset; the sun can help bring out the canyon’s beautiful red colors.
A Great Lunch Destination
After you’ve worked up an appetite on your Waimea Canyon hikes, stop by Japanese Grandma’s Cafe for a delicious bite to eat. Just a 30-minute drive from Waimea Canyon State Park, Japanese Grandma’s Cafe is serving up authentic Japanese food in Hanapepe. Do not overlook this delectable lunch destination.
Stay in a Kauai Vacation Rental Near Waimea Canyon
You can stay close to Waimea Canyon at one of Parrish Kauai’s well-appointed vacation rentals. Located on the westside of Kauai, our Kekaha Collection is not far from Waimea Canyon. Our Kekaha Collection is perfect for vacationers looking to experience, sun, beach, and hiking on Kauai. To stay at any of our pristine vacation homes, please check availability online, or give us a call at 1-800-325-5701.