Waimea Tours and Tickets

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Situated on the northern end of Hawaii’s Big Island, Waimea is the center of Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) country. This historic area is filled with rolling green hills, endless open pastures, and spectacular valleys. With its stunning scenery and great local food, Waimea is one of the Big Island’s top tourist towns.

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Greg_L, Nov 2023
Beautiful beyond imagination!
This was a great tour despite a little rain. We experienced the fern grotto, Waimea Canyon and more. It was a great way to spend a day and to see part of Kauai in greater depth. Our tour guide, Sabrina, was engaging and a wealth of information. Her knowledge of history, language and her culture brought more depth and insight into the day. We would highly recommend this tour.
Ruth_A, Nov 2023
Amazing scenic tour !
We loved the views of Waimea Canyon and the Spouting horn. Our driver Salvatori was very knowledgeable about Kauai's history. He was friendly,and had a great sense of humor. My husband and I recommend this tour. We had a great time!
Darlene_H, Nov 2023
Driver did a good job in making up for items that were closed during holiday
Thought the Waimea Canyon was nice. Was not aware that Coffee Tour was closed. Lunch was great. Rover Boat Tour was good
Diane_O, Sep 2023
Amazing location, must see!!
Waimea Canyon was so amazing! Photos don't do it justice. You really should go. We had about 30 minutes there which was a good amount of time. The road trip is windy though and takes a while to get there. Loved it so much!
People Also Ask
Q:What is Waimea known for?
A:Waimea is known for its paniolo culture, the Hawaiian cowboy culture of ranching and horses. The Parker Ranch was established here in 1815, producing grass-fed beef, and the Hawaiian cowboys arrived in the 1830s. This lush area is known to have excellent farms and food, plus a friendly, local vibe.
Q:What activities can I do in Waimea?
A:There is plenty to do in Waimea, from hiking to seeing black sand beaches. Visit the farmers market to taste local food and produce, and then take a trip to the Big Island Brewhaus. Stop by Parker Ranch or Anna Ranch and learn the history of Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolos.
Q:Where can I stay in Waimea?
A:There are plenty of vacation rentals in the area, plus a range of B&Bs, ranch-style accommodations, and more. With options available for any budget, you can splash out at a more luxurious ranch-style area, or spend a little less; either way, it's a peaceful, refreshing experience.
Q:What kind of farms are in Waimea?
A:Waimea is home to excellent produce, grown right there. Farms produce macadamia nuts, coffee, tea, asparagus, burdock, strawberries, squash, and much more. Farms in the area promote organic permaculture, sustainable growing methods, and traditional farming techniques, too. You can find much of this produce at the Saturday market.
Q:When is the best time to visit Waimea?
A:If you want to avoid peak tourism season, try to visit in the shoulder months: April, May, August, September, and October. During both the peak summer season and winter holiday period, hotel and tour rates jump. Events and festivals happen year-round—so check what’s on before you arrive.
Q:Is Waimea town worth visiting?
A:Yes, Waimea is worth visiting. It’s a change from Hawaii’s more popular destinations with its rolling green hills. This is cowboy land, with ranches, farms, cattle, and horses—a different experience from snorkeling and sipping beachside mai tais. It’s also an excellent spot for stargazing.