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Mark Twain referred to this incredible place as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Waimea Canyon. Now I have never been to the Grand Canyon but I was still thoroughly impressed with this mighty natural beast on a torrentially rainy afternoon in Kauai.
It is approximately 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep. It paints a remarkable landscape with it’s lush greenery and red soil that earns it’s Hawaiian name Waimea, which means reddish water. The canyon was formed by the Waimea River rising from the extreme rainfalls that accompany the wettest place on Earth, Mount Wai’ale’ale.
There are plenty of overlooks throughout the park. My party was running from a rainstorm and eventually pulled off to the side of the road at one point. The views from any direction are quite remarkable. It’s a long wind road to the top but definitely worth the potential car sickness as the roads swerve up, down, and around the canyon’s valley.
There are plenty of hiking trails that take you down into the valley as well. As always I advise study shoes, plenty of water, and a possible raincoat just in case the weather momentarily decides to take a turn. Something very typical in Kauai, although it never lasts too long.
No donkeys here though if you were looking for an exact Pacific replica of the Grand Canyon.
It is definitely a must go for anyone traveling to the island of Kauai. But then again, if you aren’t planning on visiting Kauai on your Hawaiian vacation you are definitely missing out.