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Waimea

Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea, 96796

The basics

To learn about Hawaii’s cowboy culture, opt for a horseback riding adventure, tour a working cattle ranch, or catch a rodeo or horse racing event. You’ll also find great hiking in the nearby Waipi’o and Pololu Valleys and stargazing at Mauna Kea. One of the Big Island’s most scenic drives, the Kohala Mountain Road, heads out from Waimea and winds its way through rolling green pastures to the Kona Coast.

Waimea also boasts an award-winning brewery, several fine dining restaurants, and a couple of gourmet burger joints featuring locally sourced meat. Sample delicious local products and browse handmade jewelry and crafts at one of the town’s four weekly farmers markets.

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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
$143.45 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Waimea Canyon to West Shore tour/bike ride
Loved our tour guides! Learned a lot about the culture and history of the island. Then had a scenic ride down the mountain which added spectacular views and a wonderful sunset.
Valerie_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Worth every minute
Robert_S, Feb 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
A perfect day. Tour guide, John, very personable, felt right at home. Vehicle clean, easy in/out at many interesting stops. Guide shares an abundance of knowledge on many aspects of island, plants, animals, people and history. This tour is of south shore of Kaua'i and continues to the road's end in Waimea, west side island, with views of Napali coast from the landward side. Many excellent photo stops.
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"Excellent Tour"
Rajeshkumar_P, May 2022
Intimate Waimea Canyon Half Day Eco Fun Tour from South Kauai
The Bus Driver Mei was an Excellent Tour Guide & a Bus Driver. She was friendly, professional & knowledgeable. She took us to some Good Lookout Spots for best viewing of Waimea Canyon.
star-5
Self guided tour the best
rdavis1945verizonnet, Apr 2022
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
Great narration; great stopping points; Waimea canyon the best. Didn't want a group. Wanted to go at our own pace.
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Spectacular
tkkmgreen, May 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
This is one of the best activities we have done, anywhere, anytime. The downhill biking was spectacular, but the entire trip was well organized and well planned, and the guides were not only safety conscious, but also entertaining, creative and tech-savvy photographers, with great island dining and hiking recommendations.
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Beautiful views!
Tiffany_G, Mar 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and kept the ride fun and enjoyable. Safety was their concern. I would recommend having some bike riding experience.
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Waimea Tour
Arthur_W, May 2022
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
This was one if the best driving tours I have ever been on. Thanks. We definitely took advantage of all of the stops and we never had a problem getting back on the tour. Also our tour guide was humorous and charismatic but also very interactive. Thanks
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May was fantastic and...
Dory_B, May 2022
Intimate Waimea Canyon Half Day Eco Fun Tour from South Kauai
May was fantastic and this was one of the best tours ever! Her stories were great. She told us all about kauai and made it a fun,informative and beautiful day! I hope to return and see May again!
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Waimea Canyon tour with John.
Philip_p, May 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
John was a superb guide from start to finish. Would highly recommend him. He was extremely knowledgeable and picked all the right points for photography opportunities. Even his choice of lunch venue was spot on. We had a brilliant day out.
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A Little Bit Of Heaven
Ruth_J, Mar 2022
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Our wonderful trip included seeing monk seals and giant sea turtles besides the breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon. Thank you for such a fantastic experience!
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No better way to see the island
Julia_H, Mar 2022
Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
an amazing way to see the southern shores and the canyon. Noah was great and super knowledgeable. We learned so much about the island of Kauai, it's history, and culture. I was also really excited to hear that the town that inspired Lilo and stitch was in the area and Noah was awesome enough to stop by for us to see it. I would gladly recommend him to anyone who wants a great experience when visiting Kauai.
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Waimea canyon is a must see
rbemis15, Apr 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
This was a fantastic tour. They made it fun for everyone. Stopped along the way for some photos, played trivia on the way to the top of Waimea and had a great ride down before sunset!
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Don't miss this tour - it's fantastic!!
Linda_F, Feb 2022
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
We highly recommend this tour! My husband, 23-year-old son, and I loved it. Ernesto and Kiana were wonderful tour guides. Ernesto had everything timed perfectly so we would reach the beach in time to see the beautiful sunset. He was so personable and really thought of little touches that made it so enjoyable! It was part-driving, part-biking and we didn't find it strenuous at all. Ernesto was also very focused on safety. It was a highlight of our trip to Kauai in early December 2021.

Things to know before you go

  • Learn about Hawaiian cowboy culture at one of Waimea’s working ranches.
  • Foodies won’t want to miss Waimea’s vibrant local food scene.
  • Waimea is located at a higher elevation, so expect cooler temperatures than the coast.
  • Several towns in Hawaii are called Waimea, so the Big Island’s Waimea is also known as Kamuela to avoid confusion.
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How to get there

Waimea is located in the northern part of the Big Island of Hawaii, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Hilo. Waimea is most easily visited by car, but it is also accessible via the Hawaii Island Hele-On Bus.

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When to get there

Waimea’s mild year-round weather makes it an excellent destination in any season. Farmers markets are open year-round and the ranches hold rodeos and horse racing events on weekends during the summer months. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit the Big Island in May or September through November.

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Visiting Parker Ranch

Waimea’s Parker Ranch is one of the oldest cattle ranches in the United States. Visitors can tour the historic ranch homes and learn about Hawaii’s cowboy culture and ranch life at the Parker Ranch Headquarters. The ranch also offers guided hunts, horseback riding, and Fourth of July and Labor Day rodeo events.

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