Waimea Canyon, KAUA’I. Hawaii

KAUA’I.

Waimea Canyon.

This enormous gorge at the heart of Kaua’i is one of the island’s biggest natural wonders, and its red-and-black-striated lava-rock walls contrasted with the lavish green forests that blanket its top is a real sight to witness.

Its name comes from the Waimea River, which goes through the bottom; the canyon was formed by a mix of erosion and the partial collapse of one of the island’s shield volcanoes.

 

Waimea Canyon State Park has lookout points over Kaua’i’s sensational Na Pali cliffs, along with various trekking trails through and around the canyon, a wilderness lover’s delight.