Waimea Falls Reviews
Swimming under a waterfall Apr 05, 2011
Imagine a picturesque waterfall flowing into a small pond before the water escapes down a little trickle of a stream (they said they were expecting rain in the next day or two and that would cause the water to rise significantly). Now, imagine being able to swim under the waterfall, and even sit on a rock right below the falls. That is the attraction of Waimea Falls.
However, it's expensive to get to these falls. Admission is $13/person. Then, if you want a ride to the falls, which they claim is about 3/4 mile, or 30 minutes on foot, throw in another $6 per person. I'm glad that we did buy the transportation, though, because it seemed like it was further than 3/4 mile, and it was over somewhat hilly terrain. That meant that we weren't able to stop and look at the trees and plants through the botanical garden portion, but I don't think we really missed that much. Green signs signify that the plant is doing well in the world, red signs mean that the plant is endangered in the wild.
Once you get to the falls, there is a change room, and there are lifeguards on duty for swimming. They also have lifevests there--children under 12 are required to have them, and they have some for adults as well. They do have some water toys to use for a donation. The pond drops off to 30 feet near the falls. Before you go in the water, you need to talk to the lifeguards who will explain what you need to know before getting in.
Part of the Steve and Tammy Vs Hawaii travel blog
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