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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River provided by Polynesian Adventure

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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have elevated our existing cleaning regimen and developed the POLYAD CLEAN RIDE Program which has enhanced procedures and protocols for cleaning and disinfecting our fleet to the standards recommended by the CDC using EPA-approved products.
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Updated 20-07-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Those short on time can pack in Kauai’s top natural sights on this full-day tour of Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus as your local guide shares stories of Kauai’s rich history and narrates passing sights. See Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and then float down the river that carved the colorful canyon on a Wailua River cruise.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Spouting Horn
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 2
    Fern Grotto
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Opaekaa Falls
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 4
    Waimea Bay
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • See Kauai’s natural sights, including Waimea Canyon, on this full-day tour
  • Float through the lush Wailua River Valley on a Wailua River cruise
  • Hear stories of Kauai’s rich history and colorful past from your local guide
  • Enjoy convenient round-trip transport from your Kauai hotel
What to Expect
Your morning begins with pickup from your Kauai hotel by deluxe air-conditioned bus. As you drive towards Waimea Canyon, your guide shares legends from Kauai’s past and provides narration as you pass such sights as the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa and village of Hanapepe. Stop at the Spouting Horn blowhole, to see bursts of water make their way through lava tubes for an exciting spout that can reach as high as 50 feet (15 meters). The tour follows the Waimea Canyon Scenic drive to the rim of Waimea Canyon stopping for several photo opportunities at scenic viewpoints along the way. From there, hop in a boat and cruise the lush Wailua River Valley on a Wailua River cruise and then finish your sightseeing tour with a stop by Opaekaa Falls and the Fern Grotto, a fern-covered lava rock that at one time was accessible only to Hawaiian royalty. At the end of your full-day adventure tour of Kauai, you are dropped back off at your hotel early in the evening.
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Important Information
  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Wailua River boat fare
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transport by air conditioned coach
  • Entry/Admission - Fern Grotto
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Edward B wrote a review Mar. 2020
Wollongong, Australia45 contributions12 helpful votes
Do this tour before you do any flight. It sets the island in perspective, which is an unique experience. The Hawaiian guide was incredibly knowledgeable and provided an indigenous perspective on settlement and history of Kauai as well as the Hawaiian islands. A busy,
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Date of experience: March 2020
sheepherder1 wrote a review Feb. 2020
skaneateles, ny30 contributions17 helpful votes
Hats off to Sam our guide on this full day tour. Got to see everything promised and more. Small group size made it even better. Really got a feel for the island. Reasonable price for all that was included.
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Date of experience: February 2020
TeamGB_13 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Derby, United Kingdom50 contributions18 helpful votes
Our driver and tour guide (Kats) was fantastic. Lovely and funny lady whose knowledge of the island’s history, culture and geology was second to none. The highlight for us was the canyon. Some great photo opportunity stops along the way made this tour a great way to see as much
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Marg and Wayne wrote a review Jan. 2020
3 contributions
We highly recommend this tour to get the most out of your visit to this special island. Sam is a fabulous guide and imparts lots of historic and economic facts with a sense of humour! Also serenaded us on his Ukelele, which was great soundtrack to our video at a waterfall
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Date of experience: January 2020
Larrie W wrote a review Dec. 2019
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico66 contributions6 helpful votes
We were in Kauai and didn’t rent a car, so as we had done previously, we decided to take a tour because we wanted to see Waimea canyon as well as the Wailua River tour. We were picked up an hour late, seemingly because of traffic? At least that was what we were told. Then we
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By: Polynesian Adventure
Best big island tour
This was a good trip around the big island. It is good to take this trip early so u can decide what u want to retu
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Entertaining & educational
Although we could’ve done this tour without a guide service - I’m so glad we didn’t. Kimo was super knowledgeable a
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Informative and Friendly Tour
I went on the Grand Circle Island Day Tour. Gensin was a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide and I enjoyed l
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Patricia B
I cannot say enough good things about this!!!!! So inspiring to see this part of history. My Dad fought in this wa
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Long, but worth it
This is for the "Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure" This tour picked us up around 8 in the morning just down the stree
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Sherrie Q
Excellent overview of some of the sights on the Big Island
Our family found this tour to be a very informative overview of the Big Island. I asked my 24 year old daughter wha
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Premium USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial & Punchbowl Luxury Tour
Fabulous tour and guide, lunch was delicious as well. Kaleo (apologies if spelt wrong) was great knowledgeable and
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Great tour
Very happy with our tour of Pearl Harbor. Tyre was the tour guide and did an excellent job. He was friendly, know
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Early start to the day, but Kaleo the driver (sorry if I butchered the spelling) worked on waking us with some humo
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Arizona Memorial
Driver very entertaining, friendly and provided a lot of good information on Hawaii , the people and culture.
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Not enough time
On the day that we booked this trip there was other people that came in from another island to do it as well. We wa
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Great Tour, customer service needs improvement.
After a disconcerting start, this tour got better. We flew from the Big Island over to Pearl Harbor (flight arra
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Review for our tour guide John Jr. (absolutely amazing)
I’m with the grapevine band visiting hawaii and our tour guide John Jr. was the best! He had great jokes and even s
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Had a great time on this tour! Our driver/tour guide John Jr. was awesome, informational, and fun!! A great way to
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absolutely AMAZING
I went on a school trip and my tour driver was named John junior, he was incredible with really insightful informat
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Key Details
  • Duration: 10h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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