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Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience

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Princeville, United States

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Experience the natural splendor of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon on this guided tour. Learn about the fascinating geologic history of the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific,’ and stop at several vista points along the way for great photos. Visit the historic island town of Hanapepe and see highlights of the southern coast, including the Koloa Sugar Mill, Spouting Horn blowhole and the luxurious beach resorts of Poipu.
  • Sightseeing tour of Waimea Canyon
  • Scenic drive to lookout points
  • Learn the history and geography of Hawaii
  • Live commentary from your professional driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop off (excludes Princeville resorts)
Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Local taxes
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For guests staying at a North Shore or Princeville hotel, the meeting point is at the Outrigger Waipouli hotel in Kapa'a. Parking available at the municipal parking lot near the Outrigger Waipouli hotel.

We pickup from most hotels on Kauai approximately 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM.

Airports

  • Kauai Island Airport, 3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766


Departure Time

7:00 AM
The largest canyon in the Pacific, Waimea Canyon stretches 10 miles (16 km) long, 1 mile (1.6 km) wide and more than 3,600 feet (1,097 m) deep. Its cavernous expanse was created by the movement of water flowing down from Mount Waialeale over thousands of years. Your tour of this natural wonder begins with morning hotel pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Learn about the history of Kauai and the island’s changing landscape as you make your way west.

Pass through the historic town of Hanapepe, a popular stomping ground for soldiers during World War II and the shooting location for many films and TV shows. Further down along Hawaii’s southern coast, stop at the Spouting Horn natural blowhole to watch ocean waves spray high into the air, and see the luxurious resorts that line the golden beaches of Poipu. Take a break from sightseeing with lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

Watch the tropical landscape turn into a red clay desert of rocky basalt outcroppings as you drive up to the lip of Waimea Canyon. Stop at several vista points along the way to snap photos, and then soak in the breathtaking scenery at the top of the canyon as you gaze down into the cavernous expanse of layered red lava rock. Wind your way back out of the canyon, and relax on the return drive to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waimea Canyon State Park
Scenic views of the deep valley gorges with it's striking red soil covered in greenery...nicknamed the "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spouting Horn
Crashing waves propel majestic jets of salt water through lava rock. One of the most photographed sites on Kauai.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hanapepe Valley Lookout
panoramic views of a valley covered in trees and wild green sugarcane. Hanapepe was one of the locations visited by famous explored Charles Wilkes in 1840 on his United States Exploring Expedition.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience.

Reviews

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Waimea Canyon
Hugh R
, Dec 2019
Kats was wonderful tour guide. She is funny and has many entertaining stories and facts. However, this is misleading. It is just a bus tour and you only get 30 mins at the canyon. The info said we get to walk around, so we thought we were actually going to hike in the canyon all day. It also stated no lunch but it should say that the bus stops at a place for you to buy your own lunch. We could have driven up to Waimea Canyon in our rental and did the exact same tour for $5 parking fee. Very disappointing. The canyon itself is amazing
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Travel to the canyon on a foggy day
Ron F
, Nov 2019
Joseph was our driver and tour guide. He was great. Gave us lots of information about the area we were in and about the island in general. We saw a lot of the beautiful island except it was foggy and rainy when we hit the canyon area. We waited some extra time thinking it would clear, but it didn't. But...the rest of the tour was great.
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Not as expected
Cheryl N
, Sep 2019
The Canyon itself it worth seeing. It is absolutely breath taking!! The tour and drive, could have been easily driven on our own. Although the driver was sweet and very nice, I felt that the money spent for this tour could have been used on something else. I would recommend seeing this Canyon, though!! Just take a rental car!!
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Fun Experience?
FarAway43941823536
, Jun 2019
What a great way to see the south side of the island and learn a lot about it! Our tour guide, Kats, was just AMAZING! So much fun, and the canyon is just beautiful!
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Tour director was excellent - very...
Eulama
, Mar 2018
Tour director was excellent - very funny and friendly. The sights we saw were amazing and it was great being given the history of places we were passing through - something you do not get if driving yourself. We also had plenty of time at each place we stopped and were not rushed at all.
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The canyon views were great and...
Barnett152
, Jan 2018
The canyon views were great and enjoyed that part of the tour as it was my main focus. The lunch was very nivpce. However the bus driver didnt stop after the half day component which was my part of a combined tour to drop me off at my hotel. This meant that I went to the Fern Grotto. While this may not have bothered most people since it was basically free, I didnt want to go as I have been before and not particularly recommended going there as it is very overrated in my eyes. So I missed doing what I had planned for the afternoon and the driver was quite nonplussed about it all.
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Great tour. Our guide was very...
Marlene F
, Sep 2017
Great tour. Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed the tour very much.
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Beautiful scenery and jaw-dropping...
Miss Rachael L W
, May 2017
Beautiful scenery and jaw-dropping canyon. So pleased we got to see this.
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The tour itself was okay. I had...
Hyla E
, Mar 2016
The tour itself was okay. I had thought that we would have several stops and go further into the canyon, but believe our trip was cut short because they were running 90 minutes late for a bus breakdown first thing in the morning. Best part of the trip was the driver/tour guide named Juan. Born and raised on Kauai, Juan had tons of great facts to share with us and he is a great story teller too.
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Excellent tour but, sadly, the...
Stanley W
, Feb 2016
Excellent tour but, sadly, the weather Gods were against us and we didn't see the canyon due to low, very low cloud lol. All in all a great tour, though.
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