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Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience provided by Polynesian Adventure

Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience

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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 Experience
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.
Take the hassle out of planning your Waimea Canyon visit, and simply relax while immersing yourself in the natural splendor of the canyon on this full-day guided tour. Learn about Kauai geology and history of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, explore the historic town of Hanapepe, marvel at Spouting Horn blowhole, and take advantage of multiple dramatic photo opportunities along the way.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Waimea Canyon State Park
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 2
    Spouting Horn
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    Hanapepe Valley Lookout
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • Get the best views of Waimea Canyon on this comprehensive tour
  • Learn lesser-known geological details from your guide
  • Transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off included for ease
  • See Kauai's highlights, including Spouting Horn, in just one day
What to Expect
Your tour begins with early morning pickup from your Kauai hotel in Poipu, Lihue, or Wailua. Board the comfortable air-conditioned coach and head out. Learn about Kauai's history and culture as you make your way west to Waimea Canyon. Pass first through the historic town of Hanapepe, one-time home to many WWII soldiers and a popular filming location, and then continue to Spouting Horn, a natural blowhole where plumes of seawater shoot into the air. Then it's time to take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). As you approach Waimea Canyon, the tropical landscape gives way to a red clay desert of rocky basalt outcroppings. You stop to soak up the scenery at the top of the canyon while gazing down into the cavernous expanse of layered red lava rock. After winding your way out of the canyon, your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (excludes Princeville resorts)
  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Local taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 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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Kathleen C wrote a review Nov. 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
The Wiamea Canyon tour was incredible of so many different areas. The foliage and natural flowers that grew in the rain forest were breathtaking. The spouting horn was truly something that came from our creator God. The movements of the Hawaiian dancers and singers was so
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Date of experience: November 2019
Sue S wrote a review Nov. 2019
Emerald Isle, North Carolina11 contributions9 helpful votes
We ended up booked somehow on the longer tour even though we paid for shorter one. We felt we were all but held captive for 10 hours. Due to a handicapped individual on board, we had to change to a large motor coach for 15 people, but we understood. What is not clear in the
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from PolyAdTours, Manager at Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience
Responded Nov. 11, 2019
Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear you were not satisfied with your Waimea Canyon tour. Mahalo for your valued feedback and we hope you had a nice vacation on Kaua‘i.
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Bonnie B wrote a review Oct. 2019
Tyler, Texas, United States13 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed this tour. Joseph was knowledgeable and interesting. He knew a lot about the island history, it’s people and vegetation. The views were amazing!
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Date of experience: October 2019
KayG wrote a review Aug. 2019
33 contributions8 helpful votes
My tour guide, Rosario, was interesting, entertaining, and really knew his stuff. The actual stops on the tour were wonderful! Loved the Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River Cruise/Fern Grotto tour! The lunch options were fabulous. Rosario stopped at a few unscheduled spots which
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Jim S wrote a review Mar. 2019
Winfield, Indiana220 contributions10 helpful votes
My fiancée really wanted to check this out so we booked it before we got here. We got Kats as our guide and she was great. She did a wonderful job of explaining the history of this island and interacting with all the passengers on the bus. When we stopped there was more than
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About the operator

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By: Polynesian Adventure
Two for One
We stayed on the south end of the island and were not going to make the trip north. We booked the movie tour and go
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Informative and Fun
We had an amazing guide who made this tour one of our best. It was fun, informative, entertaining, and exciting. We
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Director's Cut - Very Enjoyable Tour/Excursion
We booked this tour through NCL. It was a very nice day, and we felt we saw many beautiful areas that Kauai has to
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Interesting and boring at the same time
We booked this on a cruise and pay more, so if you are on a ship, feel free to book direct. Nice buses and friendly
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I had a great time on the tour. We went all over the island. The tour guide was really good. Very knowledgable. I h
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This tour could use an update!
I don't really have criticisms of our driver/tour guide, but the structure of the tour needs to be rethought. By th
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Directors cut movie tour
This tour with aunty alicia started well but we spent time at places that didnt mean much and sped past jussaric pa
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Bob R
Like other reviewers have noted, this is nothing more than a bus ride with very limited narration but plenty of cronyism
Don't waste a precious day on Kauai taking this tour. You can do better by yourself with your trusty Fodor guide a
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Heather Hewett R
Road to Hana
We had an amazing time on our guided tour road to Hana. Our tour guide, Hank, was knowledgeable and pleasant. I wou
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Joan A
Oahu day trip
On the plus side, the guide, Ernie, was good, the weather was perfect, and Duke's Waikiki had great view and food.
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Director’s cut was one of the best
We love movies. We hoped to see some of the beautiful backgrounds for a movie or two. We were treated to 59! Fir
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An easy way to cover a lot
On our vacation we chose to include the waimea canyon and wailua river tour in our activities. Our bus driver Johnn
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Laura S
USS Missouri, USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor from Waikiki - Tour Only
Tommy was a good host and we thought this was a great tour. Unfortunately we couldn't access the USS Arizona Memori
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Ryan P
Great Day Trip, Great Company
One of the highlights of my time on Kauai for sure. I booked this trip through a third party and it was one of the
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I won’t be recommending this tour! I’m sorry l felt it was really rushed and the bus driver/tour guide was rude and
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
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