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Waimea Canyon and Wailua River Adventure

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Key Highlights

  • View the layers of unique geological history at this national park
  • Relax and enjoy the serene sites along the Wailua River
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Thursday


    9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Princeville: 06:45am
    Wailua: 07:15am
    Lihue: 07:30am
    Poipu: 08:15am
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Princeville, Wailua, Lihue and Poipu.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Princeville, Wailua, Lihue and Poipu

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Carved by a combination of volcanic eruptions, rainwater erosion, and a deep incision by the Waimea River, it’s no wonder that Waimea Canyon’s diverse and unique origins have lured superstars for decades. Your tour begins at the canyon’s mouth with a tour of the Russian Fort. Expelled by King Kamehameha after an attempt at acquiring all the island’s sandalwood, the Russian traders who erected the fort left it half finished.

    Waimea also promises a view of Spouting Horn, a lava rock formation that results in water being shot 50 feet in the air with every wave. Don’t miss the first sugar mill in the region, the Koloa Sugar Mill. View the landscape that is famed to resemble Queen Victoria and the stunning Nawiliwili Harbor. Board the spacious boat and float towards the Fern Grotto as you view the Coco Palms, the famous vacation spot for Elvis and Frank Sinatra, the site of royal Kauai births at the Birthstone and finally, Opekaa Falls.


    You will be picked up from your hotel by an air-conditioned coach and taken on a Waimea Canyon and Wailua River Adventure tour.

    This highly personalized scenic tour is fully narrated by a specially trained driver-cum-guide and features many stops to allow you to get the most from your day.

    The tour will take you to the lip of the breathtaking Waimea Canyon. From there, tour the half finished ruins of the Russian Fort, the result of a trade deal that went awry between Russian traders and King Kamehameha I in the 19th century.

    From there, you will watch the wave-driven Spouting Horn shoot salt water over 50 feet in the air and see the south coast Poipu Resorts.

    Then view the remains of the Koloa Sugar Mill. Make sure to take in the rugged 30 foot smokestack from when sugar was the main cash crop of Kauai

    See the rugged landscape that is said to resemble Queen Victoria.

    View the Nawiliwili Harbor which was famously featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    From the harbor, board the spacious open air boat and coast along the Wailua River towards the famed Fern Grotto.

    On this cruise view the gorgeous coconut groves of the Coco Palms Grove and the site of royal births in Kauai at the Birthstone.

    Finally, view the stunning 150 foot cascade of Opaekaa Falls.

    The tour will concludes with you being dropped off at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Knowledgeable English-speaking driver-cum-guide
    • Waimea Canyon tour
    • Wailua river boat cruise
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach


    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
    Child 2 years old will travel adult's lap in vehicle
    Passengers in the Poipu area will not see Koloa Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria's profile

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have