Hwy 50, Waimea
Your rental car contract will prohibit you from accessing this beach—and should you attempt it, you'll understand why. The road is terrible, but the beach at its end is incredible. At 17-miles long, its one of Hawaii's longest beaches and it is vast and stunning and more or less empty. It abuts the Napali Coast and shares those epic views. Similarly, it faces the open ocean and the waves are intense, making the water only safe for strong swimmers. Most visitors come to walk the beach.
Waimea Canyon State Park Hike
Waimea Canyon Dr., Waimea
You can hike your way to an 800-foot, two-tiered waterfall, which is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Take the extra time to hike the Canyon Trail: It brings you through a forest until you reach the exposed ridge, where you’ll be greeted by an incredible view of the canyon’s monumental rock formations (take care, as there are no guardrails). Hike up from there to a peaceful pool above Waipo’o Falls; the whole trek takes a few hours roundtrip.
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