Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, my first view of the Waimea Canyon was from the doors off helicopter tour with Jack Harter Helicopters. I was literally stupefied to be flying in between the majestic canyon intercepted with rivers, dotted with waterfalls and garlanded with circular rainbows! My second view of the Waimea Canyon was from a lookout point which was also quite impressive. I drove here with my friend Patrick (www.pk-worldwide.com) who has been living in Kauai for several years now and knows the island pretty well. We just drove along the canyon and made two stops along the way which were great lookout points. I was totally awed at the beauty of the canyon as it opened up beneath me!
While you can pull off your car at several places to view the beauties of the canyon and take pictures, there are two popular lookouts. The second lookout point also has a platform built in concrete that accommodates several people. Car parking facilities are available including toilets. If you drive a little further past the second lookout, you will find the Kōkeʻe Museum. It is the best spot to plan your hiking at the canyon, which is one of the best in Kauai. The museum can give you information on which trails are closed and which trails to choose from - ocean view or canyon view. They can also supply you with topographical maps for your visit to the Park. ⠀
Even though the Waimea Canyon Drive can be very windy, it is a must-do during your vacation in Kauai. The thing to keep in mind is to go there in good weather when there are no clouds obstructing your view of the canyon.
Address: Waimea, HI 96796, USA