Waimea Valley On Oahu’s North shore
We have lived in Hawaii for over a year already. (How did the time pass so quickly?!) When we were living on the mainland, and dreaming about life in paradise, exploring Hawaii was one of the things we were looking forward to most. We’ve done a pretty good job of exploring Oahu so far: we’ve hiked Koko Head, tried stand up paddling, and experienced life as a tourist by staying at one of the nice resorts here on the island. We’ve been fortunate in our wanderings so far, and I’m glad my husband and I both have adventurous spirits.
One place we had heard rave reviews about, but hadn’t visited yet, was the Waimea Valley on the North Shore.
This is a very beautiful and sacred place here on the island. It’s home to a picturesque waterfall, with a pool that you can swim in, if you like. (Neither of us brought swim suits, so we didn’t go into the pool.) It’s also home to a very mature and well-manicured botanical garden, which I didn’t realize until we entered into the park.
There are multiple paths for walking, hiking, and exploring, and since we had the stroller with us we kept to the main, paved path that led to the waterfall. The shade, peaceful surroundings, and light breeze made this outing particularly enjoyable.
Since we are always looking baby-friendly activities on the island, finding this gem was a real treat. There were lots of little kids with their parents, and they enjoyed being outside, watching the peacocks, and seeing all the flora. More info about the park, entrance fees, and hours of operation may be found at the Waimea Valley website.
Image credits: top image, Google Maps; other images, Jet Set With Mary