Kauai’s Waimea Canyon has often been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and having stood on its rim overlooking its beauty I can certainly see why. But how does it actually compare to the real Grand Canyon in Arizona? Well, I visited Kauai in 2010 and recently returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon so I thought I would have a go at comparing them.
Waimea Canyon (WC) is 10 miles /16km long while the Grand Canyon (GC) is 277 miles/433 km long.
WC is 3000 feet / 900 m deep compared to 5200 feet / 1600 m for GC.
WC is 1 mile / 1.6 km wide while GC is 18 miles / 28 km at its widest.
Okay, clearly GC is longer, deeper and wider but how do they compare visually? How about I show you some photos of both canyons and let you judge?
Which one is more spectacular? I’ll leave that up to you. However, I do know that both are so big and so beautiful that its very tough to make images that do them justice. Even when I was standing beside them gazing out they somehow didn’t seem ‘real’.