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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Discover the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Kauai on this full-day tour of the island’s natural attractions. See the breathtaking expanse of Waimea Canyon and float through tropical paradise with a Wailua River cruise. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as your local guide narrates the passing sites and shares tales from Kauai’s rich history. Keep your camera ready for many vista points and photos stops along the way!
  • Wailua River cruise, Fern Grotto, and Spouting Horn blowhole
  • Learn the history and geography of Hawaii
  • Expert commentary from your professional driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your Kauai hotel included
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Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Wailua River boat fare
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop off
Transport by air conditioned coach
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from these areas approximately 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM:
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
See many of Kauai’s natural and cultural attractions on this full-day guided tour. After hotel pickup in the morning, relax in a deluxe air-conditioned coach as your local guide shares stories from Kauai’s history and provides narration on passing sites.

As you make your way toward the rocky red landscape of Waimea, pass local attractions like the historic Koloa Sugar Mill, Nawiliwili Harbor, and Queen Victoria’s profile. Stop at the Spouting Horn natural blowhole, and watch water burst through the natural lava tubes for a spectacular sight.

Drive up a scenic winding road to reach the lip of Waimea Canyon for breathtaking views of the so-called ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific.’ Carved by the passage of water over thousands of years, the red lava rock canyon stretches an impressive 10 miles (16 km) long and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.

See another side of Kauai on a cruise down the scenic Wailua River, considered to be sacred by native Hawaiians. Relax as your boat leisurely traverses the gentle currents and soak in the lush tropical landscape. Visit nearby attractions such as the Fern Grotto, the sacred royal Birthstone, Opaekka Falls, and Coco Palms Grove.

At the end of your full-day Kauai adventure, you are dropped off back at your hotel in the early evening.
Stop At:  
Spouting Horn
On Kauai’s South Shore you’ll find the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube here and releases a huge spout of water that can reach as high as 50 feet into the air. You’ll also hear a hiss and a roar that is the basis of a Hawaiian legend.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fern Grotto
The tranquil Wailua River weaves by gorgeous waterfalls and lush, jungle landscapes along the island’s East Side. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River is the largest. Take a leisure boat ride on the Wailua River to the famed "Fern Grotto" with Smith's motor boats. The 20-mile long river, that once wove through the settings of seven different heiau (temples), flows from the 5,148-foot Mount Waialeale in the center of the island. The Wailua River feeds two popular and accessible waterfalls: Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Opaekaa Falls
Cascading down into a hidden pool, this 151-foot-tall, 40-foot-wide waterfall is easily one of the island's most accessible major waterfalls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waimea Bay
See the majestic Waimea Canyon often referred to the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", stretching 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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.
  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River?
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 and Wailua River.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If you prefer spending more time in each spot then this tour is not for you." See review


162 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Nice Tour
, Mar 2020
Nice tour, Nice Guide, Nice landspaces too see in this tour, the canyon is amazing, the city where stop for lunch is great, recommend eat in shrimp Station, Nice shrimp burger, the Cruise of River os Nice tio and the coffee Farmer is Very good, you Will taste a Lot of flavours of coffee
Full day Kauai experience
, Feb 2020
This was a full day tour but stops were spaced out nicely. Sam was a great tour guide and was a delight to listen to! I liked that we had a relaxing lunch with time for shopping on this tour and bus was comfortable. It was a smaller sized luxury bus so the tour wasn't too big. We loved seeing Waimea Canyon from all the lookout points as well as sprouting horn. The trip on the river going to Fern Grotto was a really nice way to end the trip! Having hotel pickup was a plus and I thought that we would be on the bus for a long time dropping people off on the other side of the island but an extra bus came at the end to take the people to Princeville so it wasn't a long time until we returned to our hotel since we were staying at the Marriott in Lihue.
Excellent day.
, Oct 2019
Bus pickup was was in perfect time. Bus was super comfortable, clean and zero view obstructions. Driver was informative and knowledgeable. Plenty of bathroom breaks. Good day
Canyon and Wailua River
, Oct 2019
Sam gave us great insight to the island, but we were expecting more of a hike than bus tour. You spend about 10- 20 minutes at sprouting horn, the canyon, and the falls and have about an hour for the river and fern Grotto. Majority of the time is on the bus. Great tour if you need a relax day but still want to see nature spots!
great tour but not for everyone
Jose T
, Sep 2019
We had a great time but this is a tour that covers a lot which means a lot of driving and little time in each stop. Our tour guide did try to make the road portion interesting most of the time and we got a brand new bus which contributed to a great experience. If you would like to see several island highlights in a day having time for a couple of pics and then jumping to the next spot, this is a great tour. If you prefer spending more time in each spot then this tour is not for you.
Just ok...
, Jul 2019
It would have been better if we had a more knowledgeable and informative tour guide/bus driver. Kevin talked a lot, but didn’t really give us genuine information. He repeated himself 4-5 times per statement. He used terms like “the experts”, “I’ve been told...”, “my knowledge is...” Many facts and details were promised, but never delivered. Or Kevin would say he wasn’t into facts and details, He gave us ‘Hawaii history in a nutshell’, ‘Kevin’s Hawai’i language lesson’ and ‘Kevin’s take on Hawaiian geology’. Each of which were a sentence long and repeated multiple times as if we were elementary students. Kevin did tell us if we wanted more information or details we could Google it, or look on Wikipedia. He did show movie clips to match various places passed and told us all the celebs he’s seen recently on Kauai and movies we should watch. He did take us to an extra stop, where he told us he goes to take naps on occasion. We sat in the bus and looked out for about 5 minutes. We looked up some of the information shared and found most if not all the “knowledge “ he shared was false! (Example: The forbidden island gets less than zero rainfall). The boat ride to see the fern grotto was nice, but it was a shame we could not go in the fern grotto. I understand why, but it was sad. Maybe a different tour guide would of given better results. Kevin was really poor at his job. Don’t get Kevin if you’re really wanting to learn anything about Kauai, the canyon, or the river/fern grotto!
Really fun outing
, Oct 2018
The tour was a lot of fun, Kevin our guide was full of local historical gems! The tour took us all around the island.
Great Overall Tour!
, Aug 2018
This was a great day tour to get a good sampling of the island, hitting the main attractions, and learning about Kauai in general. It would be a perfect first day excursion to see the hotspots and know more where you might want to spend more time exploring later. Katz was funny and lovely, and overall the tour was a great way to spend the day!
Our driver and all of the highlights...
Vicky J M
, Mar 2018
Our driver and all of the highlights were fantastic!!!
Wonderful tour with fantastic tour...
kim g
, Feb 2018
Wonderful tour with fantastic tour guide and beautiful scenery

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