Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River Boat Tour

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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

From USD 224.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 selected Kauai hotels

What's Included

  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Wailua River Boat Admission
  • Pick-up and drop-off at specific Kauai Hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Port pick-up and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:45 am

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.

Wailua River State Park

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Fern Grotto

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Opaekaa Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Puakea Golf Course

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Spouting Horn

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Waimea Canyon State Park

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Hanapepe Valley Lookout (Pass By)

Kauai Coffee Company

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

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


248 reviews
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Fun in Kauai
Sylvia_M, Oct 2023
lots of sights. Kaleo our tour guide was the Best. He made it a very fun and enjoyable experience. Waimea Canyon is breath taking!!
Friendly host and...
Derricka_H, Oct 2023
Friendly host and excellent excursion. Boat was clean and the history of the island/river was explained.
Full day, well worth it.
Robert_W, Sept 2023
Sharing the tour with our driver, Kolea. Loved all the stops. We got to see where we were married 42 years ago in the Fern Grotto!
Take this tour!
Ana_G, Sept 2023
We had a great time on this tour. The sights were stunning and the tour guides were friendly, engaging and knowledgeable.
kawaii tour
AnneParks_D, Sept 2023
the bus and the driver/guide were wonderful. all of our stops were first class. we felt so well taken care of.
Spectacular trip!
Paraeswar_K, Sept 2023
The beautiful scenery was breathtaking! Looking forward to doing it again. The guide had an impressive range of local knowledge.
Lots of Kaua’i Highlights!
Emily_B, Sept 2023
We visited with our 1 year old son and brought him on this tour. There was enough time to explore at each stop that made it very entertaining for him but not too long that we were trying to kill time. Would definitely recommend to families with kids. Great tour of many island highlights all in one day! That being said it is a very full day! We probably would have done this earlier in our trip so we would have the knowledge we gained throughout the rest of our time! Lunch was not anything special but didn’t leave hungry. Kaleo, our guide, really made the trip special!
Worth the money
Anna_R, Sept 2023
Sabrina was very informative and went out of her way to not only entertain us but to share special things about the island,
Good times with Sabrina
Madeline_M, Sept 2023
Sabrina was an excellent tour guide! Very informative and made the experience fun and easy enjoyable. It was amazing to go around so much of the island and learn and experience a lot.
Our guide (driver)...
Doug_D, Sept 2023
Our guide (driver) ,Kaleo, was both informative and entertaining. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with him.
Jennifer_F, Sept 2023
Amazingly experience and learned so much about the island Tour guide was so friendly and attentive Loved it
10/10 Recommend
Christina_A, Sept 2023
Kaleo is the best! He is very smart and knowledgeable about Kauai. He also put a lot of effort into making sure we had a memorable experience and learned a lot about Hawaii (Kauai in particular). We rented a car to explore the island, but I am thankful we had a local guide with such vast knowledge who could show us around and teach us the history and culture. 10/10 recommend!
Kauai is worth to go.
MARIKO_M, Sept 2023
Amazing Kauai ! So great canyon ! Beautiful coast! Tasty cofee! Derisious lunch! Nice driver and coach!
Great trip
Laura_L, Aug 2023
Beautiful trip The road is difficult to drive w lots of sharp turns. I highly recommend taking a tour. It's a good distance also.
Great experience, good value. Not super premium.
Daryl_R, Aug 2023
Loved the excursion! Especially the riverboat/fern grotto portion. Our guide Kaleo was excellent. Would recommend to friends and family. Wish there was water provided for the longer portions while riding in the coach.
A very enjoyable day
Timothy_K, Aug 2023
Our Driver/Guide Kaleo was fantastic. Knowledgeable and funny. He made the trip fly by. The stops were interesting and fun. The coffee plantation was a first. During the longer drive segments Kaleo kept videos playing that were very informative.
Great experience
Tammi_M, Aug 2023
Sabrina was a wonderful, engaging, and very knowledgeable tour guide! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend!
Incredible day with family - young and old!
Jennifer_A, Aug 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guides! Jana was awesome, knowledgeable and fun. Our family had a great time seeing the beautiful sites of Kauai and learning the history and hidden gems. I’d highly recommend this tour for all travelers.
One of THE best tours
Cindy_W, Aug 2023
One of the best tours we’ve been on this year and we’ve been on a number throughout different countries. Kaleo set the standard high for every guide to follow after him. He did a fantastic job on all fronts. He was funny, entertaining and professional all at once. He has a unique style and truly cared about his group. We were beaming with happiness long after we were dropped back to the hotel. As for the tour structure and stops: also 5/5, highly recommend! We enjoyed it all, from waterfalls to the Smith’s Boat, lunch, Canyon and more. This tour is a little gem. Also a shoutout to our fabulous “runner” who picked us up in the morning to bring us to Kaleo’s bus.
Great experience
Linda_A, Aug 2023
Our fabulous guide Kaleo made the trip informative and entertaining. The bus was on time and clearly marked. The river cruise was also entertaining and relaxing. We will certainly recommend it to friends.

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