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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

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Enjoy a day filled with the beauty, legends and stories of Kauai, the Garden Island, on a Waimea Canyon Kauai tour! This fully guided scenic tour takes you to Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River, with plenty of photo stops along the way.
You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Spouting Horn
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 2
    Fern Grotto
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Opaekaa Falls
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 4
    Waimea Bay
    Stop: 40 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • See Kauai’s natural sights, including Waimea Canyon, on this full-day tour
  • Float through the lush Wailua River Valley on a Wailua River cruise
  • Hear stories of Kauai’s rich history and colorful past from your local guide
  • Enjoy convenient round-trip transport from your Kauai hotel
What to Expect
Your morning begins with pickup from your Kauai hotel by deluxe air-conditioned bus. As you drive towards Waimea Canyon, your guide shares legends from Kauai’s past and provides narration as you pass such sights as the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa and village of Hanapepe. Stop at the Spouting Horn blowhole, to see bursts of water make their way through lava tubes for an exciting spout that can reach as high as 50 feet (15 meters). The tour follows the Waimea Canyon Scenic drive to the rim of Waimea Canyon stopping for several photo opportunities at scenic viewpoints along the way. From there, hop in a boat and cruise the lush Wailua River Valley on a Wailua River cruise and then finish your sightseeing tour with a stop by Opaekaa Falls and the Fern Grotto, a fern-covered lava rock that at one time was accessible only to Hawaiian royalty. At the end of your full-day adventure tour of Kauai, you are dropped back off at your hotel early in the evening.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from these areas:
Princeville (North Shore): 7:00-7:15am
Kapa'a, Wailua Area: 7:30-7:45am
Lihue Area: 8:15-8:30am
Poipu (South Shore): 8:45-9:00am


  • Kauai Island Airport, 3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Departure Time
7:00 AM
  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Wailua River boat fare
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transport by air conditioned coach
  • Entry/Admission - Fern Grotto
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Pick-up is not provided from cruise ship ports
  • Special Needs requests must be called in to the local supplier AT LEAST 1 week prior to tour date. All special needs requests are handled and accommodated on a situational basis.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Hats off to Sam our guide on this full day tour. Got to see everything promised and more. Small group size made it even better. Really got a feel for the island. Reasonable price for all that was included.
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Our driver and tour guide (Kats) was fantastic. Lovely and funny lady whose knowledge of the island’s history, culture and geology was second to none. The highlight for us was the canyon. Some great photo opportunity stops along the way made this tour a great way to see as much
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We highly recommend this tour to get the most out of your visit to this special island. Sam is a fabulous guide and imparts lots of historic and economic facts with a sense of humour! Also serenaded us on his Ukelele, which was great soundtrack to our video at a waterfall
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We were in Kauai and didn’t rent a car, so as we had done previously, we decided to take a tour because we wanted to see Waimea canyon as well as the Wailua River tour. We were picked up an hour late, seemingly because of traffic? At least that was what we were told. Then we
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I had an amazing tour 11/12 with Johna to the canyon and river. She was so helpful with helping picking me up from the airport and explaining everything to me. She was really good and pointing out places of interest and it’s significance! She made the trip amazing by making
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Long Day but worth it
The incredible waterfalls and the black sand beach were highlights for me. Our guide Larry was remarkable, with
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Great Driver and Guide
Rocky, our driver/guide was great and the trip there was outstanding. How can it not be with the history all
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Rodney B
Great tour value
Excellent tour with outstanding tour guide Ernie. Lunch was included as well as banana bread snack at the end of
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Excellent tour of kauai
Hats off to Sam our guide on this full day tour. Got to see everything promised and more. Small group size made
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This was a very interesting trip into the history of the Pearl harbour. The trip was well organised and we learned
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Robert A
Great Tour
Komi with Polynesian Adventures picked us up on time. Outstanding driver, narrator, historical facts, and comedy
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Gary T
Very informative and funny guide
We had Gensen (Jensen with a G) as our guide for the day. He was very informative as he's been doing this for 22+
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kaye b
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I went on this tour ten years ago with my 12 year old son. I found myself comparing the 2 tours. As you know the
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One of the most moving experiences you could ever make. Well organised timed visits with various buildings to see
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