HONOLULU -- Waimea Valley and Adventure Park on Oahu's north shore
is offering a new adventure: camping.
Camp Waimea, the new site, overlooks botanical gardens and is
set against cliffs fronting a stream.
Overnight camping packages are available.
The addition is the latest in the park's move to diversify into
more active tourist pursuits in recent years and joins such options
as mountain biking, horseback riding, river kayaking and
all-terrain vehicle touring.
Opened in 1974,
the park has botanical collections, including rare specimens;
Hawaiian archaeological sites; cliff diving, and hula shows. The
park, which is spending more than $1 million on innovations this
year, also recently opened a children's area (see sidebar story,
According to Ray Greene, the park's general manager, the
projects aim to revitalize the park and make it more attractive to
visitors and residents. "Our goal is to maintain the park's beauty
and tranquillity while providing exciting new things to do,'' he
Camp Waimea has tents, showers, lockers, barbecue grills, sinks,
picnic tables, rest rooms and 24-hour security. Clients have the
choice of basic and deluxe one-night packages, which include
admission to the 1,800-acre park and to performances. Also provided
in the plan is an escorted night tour.
For those without rental cars, roundtrip transportation from
Waikiki also is included in the rates, with pickup times between 11
a.m. and 11:30 a.m., arriving at the park before 1 p.m.
The basic package includes tent accommodations and camp
facilities. The price is $55 per person, double (children ages 4 to
12, $40). Optional extras, ranging from sleeping bags and cots to
meals, can be purchased (there is a $5 surcharge for those bringing
their own food to cook).
The deluxe package covers equipment, including a sleeping cot, a
lantern, linen, towels, soap and shampoo. Meals -- a lunch buffet
on the first day, dinner (grilled or a picnic basket) and breakfast
-- are part of the deal. The package also includes the choice of a
river kayak excursion, an all-terrain vehicle trip or a
The deluxe package rate is $180 per person, double (ages 4 to
12, $150). Rates for singles, additional people and groups are
available for both packages.
After arriving at the camp, clients attend an orientation
briefing, followed by lunch (deluxe package) or free time until
dinner at 5:30 p.m.(grill on your own or catered), followed by a
night tour through the valley, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Checkout time
is 10 a.m. the next day.
Waimea Valley and Adventure Park has been managed since early
last year by Atlantis Adventures, which also operates Atlantis
It is open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $24 ($12 for
ages 4 to 12), and roundtrip transportation from Waikiki hotels is
available for $5.
Phone: (888) 973-9200
Park installs kids' clubhouse
HONOLULU -- Waimea Valley and Adventure Park opened an
attraction aimed at the young and the young at heart.
Called Jungle Trek, it provides an interactive play area.
At a large clubhouse, visitors can slide down the body of an
anaconda, climb rope ladders, go through a spinning tunnel or move
jungle obstacles. A periscope atop the structure provides views of
the bay. Visitors can check driving skills with radio-controlled
Junglemobiles along a raceway in an area that also features a
jungle maze, a minicave hideout and a sandbox play area.
Earlier this year, sister attraction Sea Life Park in east Oahu
opened its version of a family-oriented play area: Pirates'
Visitors here can take aim in a shooting gallery, command a
radio-controlled ship in a sea battle, wander through a ship maze
or play in a sandbox.
In May, Waimea Valley opened Butterfly Encounter, near its
orientation center. Visitors walk through an enclosure, 24 feet by
48 feet, containing more than 500 Hawaii-bred butterflies,
including monarchs, swallowtails and cabbage whites. The exhibit is
augmented by educational displays.
Both Jungle Trek and Butterfly Encounter are included in the