Day trip

Kauai: Full-Day Waimea Canyon & Wailua River Tour

4.4 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Polynesian Adventure
Day trip

Kauai: Full-Day Waimea Canyon & Wailua River Tour

Activity provider: Polynesian Adventure
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From US$ 231.41 per person

Likely to sell out

Our tour of Hawaii’s Garden Isle includes a visit to majestic Waimea Canyon, called by Mark Twain the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” You'll cruise along the Wailua River and have plenty of time to enjoy the lush beauty of this special place.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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Pickup included
This tour does not pick up guests from the Princeville area.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit Waimea Canyon State Park, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”
  • Cruise along the Wailua River
  • Marvel at the famed Fern Grotto
  • See Opaeka`a Falls, where many movies and TV programs have been filmed
Full description
Join us for a Kauai excursion that includes a visit to Waimea Canyon and a cruise along the Wailua River. You’ll see the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and visit many of the places made famous in movies and TV series on your Wailua River cruise. We’ll travel to Waimea Canyon by State Road 550, and your guide will point out a number of interesting sights along the way. You’ll be able to see the island of Niihau, just a short distance to the west of Kauai, as well as the Poipu Resorts on the south coast, Queen Victoria's profile and Nawiliwili Harbor. We’ll continue our adventure with a cruise along the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock amphitheater covered by ferns. You’ll also see the cascading Opaeka`a Falls, the backdrop for many movies and TV programs, and Coco Palms, which featured in Elvis Presley’s movie, “Blue Hawaii.” The birth stones are located here as well. This is an ancient site sacred to Hawaiians, as they considered it an important place for all Kauai kings to be born.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Admission to Fern Grotto
  • Wailua River cruise
  • Food and drinks (time will be provided for lunch)
  • Gratuities

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Important information

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  • Pick-up is not available from cruise ship ports, residential areas or B&Bs.
  • Please note that passengers in the Poipu area will not see Koloa Sugar Mill or Queen Victoria's profile.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Nice day with many impressions of Kauai

The tour was well organized and the guide gave us a lot of local information. We saw many beautiful viewpoints. Since we were a large group and picked people up from all over the island, we spent a lot of time on the bus. That might be more convenient in a smaller group. But I still recommend the tour as it is very stress free

September 5, 2017

informative guidance and great nature

the whole day was shaped by our guide Lisa. In her cheerful mood she explained a lot of information about the plants, population, language and culture of this island. Before each stop we were informed about the dangers, restrooms and special features of the respective activity. I felt very safe on the bus too, and the line requirements were completely ok.

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November 26, 2014

Good way to see the island

Kevin was great.

April 14, 2019

Product ID: 7649