Planning to go swimming at Waipio Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii? When you say "Hawaii," what's the first thing that comes to your mind? White sand beaches or glittering clear blue waters? Indeed, Hawaii does have all of these things and more. But if you're looking for something unique and magical, you might want to head for Waipio Valley in the Big Island of Hawaii. Make sure to pack your mens swim trunks
because there will be lots of swimming.
Some Interesting Trivia about Waipio Valley
When you visit Waipio Valley, you must tread carefully because it is one of Hawaii's most sacred preservation sites. Even up to this day of technology and high-speed internet, the locals still believe that the place holds something special and magical. Here, horses are left to run wild and free and the locals greatly value old traditions, ensuring that they are passed on to the next generation.
Considered one of the most incredible places on the Big Island, Waipio Valley is located in north Hamakua. It is called the "Valley of the Kings" because it once housed the members of a Hawaiian royal family who oversaw the cultivation of loi or taro root in the valley. Today, about fifty people still live in the valley and some of them still plant taro.
Domestic and international flights fly directly to Hawaii on a regular basis. Once you arrive in Hawaii, make your way to the town of Honokaa to reach Waipio Valley via the Hawaii Belt Road. Take note that the road to the valley is very rugged and it is accessible only by 4WD vehicles. If you're going to rent a car, be sure to get a suitable vehicle.
Swimming at Waipio Valley
Okay, so what makes the beach in Waipio Valley different from other beaches in the world? For starters, the beach here is not white or golden, but rather black, which adds to the valley's mystic appeal. Hawaii is a volcanic island, after all, so a few beaches in the region have black sand instead of white or gold.
Waipio Valley's black sand beach is cleaved into two by Hi'ilawe Stream that flows from the heart of the valley and into the ocean. A word of caution about swimming at Waipio Valley, though. The waters in the beach can be rough and they have been known to pose a huge challenge (in the form of strong currents and undertow) to even the most experienced swimmers. Also, there are no lifeguards around so it would be wise to stay away from the water unless it is calm. However, the area just behind the beach makes a good picnic spot so if you've found that swimming on the beach is not an option, a picnic would be a good alternative.
Still, if your reason for visiting Waipio Valley is to take a dip, bringing your mens swim shorts is not for wasted if the sea is too rough. You can still get yourself wet at Kaluahine Falls, which is located near the eastern end of the beach.
As for other activities, you can go hiking or camping. Riding ATVs is also a popular activity in the valley or if you want to get to know the place better, you can opt for a guided tour of the valley.
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