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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.
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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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  • 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 Spouting Horn blowhole, Old Sugar Mill of Koloa, and village of Hanapepe. 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 you 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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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Tour guide was fun, interesting and knowledgeable. Van was comfortable. Fern grotto was beautiful. Enjoyed it very much.
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The day got off to a bad start as we were picked up over 45 minutes late with no apologies from the driver. An hour into the tour we had to return back to the start as two passengers had not been picked up. This completely ruined the trip and turned what could have been a great
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The day was great ! We saw the impressive Waimea Canyon ; waterfalls , the blowhole along the coast ; the Wailua River by boat to the Fern Grotto. But, we were especially pleased with all the information and background our driver, Kevin , gave us throught the day.
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About the operator
By: Polynesian Adventure
1,544 reviews
Tokyo, Japan
Conqured the island of Maui thanks to Polynesian Adventure Tours
We joined the tour called "Road to Hana" . The weather was not perfect, raining hard in the morning and too cold
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Westport, Connecticut
Mount Haleakala sunset tour plus dinner 12/25/19
This was awful. They should have cancelled. The weather was a full-on tropical storm at the parking lot (too
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Best tour
Ernie was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! This tour shows you all of the natural beauty O’ahu has to
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Maui to Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Tour
Tour guide was very good. The tour info did not inform us beforehand that the final 2 hours of the tour are "on
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Lisbon, Portugal
Nice tour to Pearl Harbor
Good tour of half day to Pearl Harbor (Arizona Memorial) and museums of Visitor centre. Also Punchbowl cemetery
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Road to Hana
My wife and I took the Polynesian Adventures tour of the road to Hana on 1/15/20. We had a wonderful time. The
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Warwick, Rhode Island
Fun day
This tour was a good time for both my 8 year old and 15 year old Grandkids. The variety of activities kept both
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The Road to Hana (Maui)
Larry could NOT have been more authentic and passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of Hawaii and
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Jeanie V
Puyallup, Washington
Could this Tour be any Better?
Not in our estimation! Our guide was wonderful, brought us banana bread with sweet butter, got us to all the
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PearlHarbor and Missouri Tour
Absolutely would do this on my own. Tour guide wasted too much time trying to be funny instead of getting us to
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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
Good Trip and Value
We enjoyed this excursion and was happy that we didn't try to do this on our own. It was nice to have someone take
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Started better than it finished
The first half of the tour was excellent, great scenery and experiences but the visits to Kualoa Ranch and Dole
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Woongarrah, Australia
A great way to spend a day!
This is a great way to spend a day seeing Oahu from the comfort of a coach. Whilst it's a full day tour, we were
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San Francisco, CA
The attraction is 5 star; there has to be a more efficient way to do the tour experience
The problem with the large shuttle bus tour is the multiple stops. That means you might be getting loaded onto a
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Richard S
going to a spot where they pick you up is one thing, unless you rent a car, if you are going by yourself it okay,
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