As I mentioned previously, Waimea Canyon is a site that is most definitely one of the “must-view” locations on Kauai, and in the world; and as I also mentioned, the best way to experience it is to hike it. While there are many great hikes through the canyon, the best hike in my book is the Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls. It is the best hike to me because at four miles roundtrip, it is accessible, it has stunning views of the canyon from inside the canyon, and it ends at the top Waipoo Falls. It also allows the hiker the chance to swim in a waterfall, which is a once in a lifetime experience.
Kauai has many stunning natural features, but the largest, and most spectacular is Waimea Canyon, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. As the canyon is over fourteen miles long, and over 3,600 feet deep, it is definitely one of the geologic wonders of the world. The canyon was carved by the Waimea River, which has flowed down to the ocean from Mount Wai'ale'ale over thousands of years. (More information on the geologic history of Waimea Canyon is located here). In my opinion, visitors to Waimea Canyon, like the Grand Canyon should get out and explore the area on foot, but for those who either don't have the time, or the ability to do so, this overlook provides stunning views for everyone; and serves as a great panoramic vista even for people who plan on hiking.