Waimea Canyon Experience in Honolulu, HI

Waimea Canyon Dr.Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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Overview

Offered by Polynesian Adventure Tours, the Waimea Canyon Experience features a half-day tour featuring panoramic views of Waimea Canyon in Kauai. Guests can enjoy seeing the 10-mile, 4,000-foot-deep canyon, the Waimea Canyon State Park, the Hanapepe Lookout, the Spouting Horn, many of the south coast Poipu resorts, the Koala Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria’s profile, Nawiliwili Harbor, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waimea, Kauai Travel Experts
  • Tour begins at 7:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm.
  • Transportation from major Kauai hotels included.
  • Lunch is not included in tour price. Bring extra cash.
  • Explore the 10-mile long Waimea Canyon, 12 miles of the coastline, and more.

Description

from Waimea Canyon Experience
his half day Kauai tour will take you to explore panoramic Waimea Canyon which Mark Twain called, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Over ten miles long, and almost 4,000 feet deep, this marvel was formed by erosion and the catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauai. Waimea Canyon State Park encompasses 1,866 acres and is a popular tourist attraction on the island. It provides a wilderness area with numerous hiking trails. It can be accessed from Waimea on Hawaii state road 550, which is 18 miles long and leads up to Koke`e State Park. The island of Niihau, only a short distance west of Kauai at that point, can be clearly seen from the highway. See Hanapepe Lookout, exciting Spouting Horn and the south coast Poipu Resorts made famous in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii. View Koloa Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria's profile, and Nawiliwili Harbor.

Onward and upward! Driving up to 3,400 feet to see the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" - Waimea Canyon! The canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500 feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit.

Cruise along the southern coast, diving through Poipu, a resort getaway for those in the know and home of the Spouting Horn. This natural wonder occurs when water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface, making an eerie hissing noise.

Passengers in the Poipu area will not see Koloa Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria's profile. No host lunch. No pick up from Princeville.

Pick Up/Drop off Time & Location:
Hotel Pick-ups begin at 7:30 am.
Hotel return at 3:00 pm (approximately).

Polynesian Adventure Tours are not permitted to pick up in residential areas or at B&B's.

Kauai Customer Reviews

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Marcia P
"Best Tour Company"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
We had the best tour guides/drivers on our trip to Hawaiian Islands. Our favorite was Ben E. on Oahu for 3 days.. Tai on Maui, and day we left for airport Grand Circle was last tour before we left Honolulu which was Tito. They are all professionals and know the history of the Islands better than we could have expected.
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jblehner
New York, NY
"Great Line - Polynesian Adventure Tours WWIi Pearl Harbor Tour a Total Rip-off"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2019 NEW
My family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) took the WWII Peal Harbor Heroes Adventure Tour, which ran from 7:45 AM to 5 PM. At @ $158.00/pp, this was a pricey day, but I had been looking forward to an in-depth, all day tour hitting all of the highlights of the Pearl Harbor site. Beware: this is NOT a tour at all. Basically, you meet a bus driver and a liasion from Polynesian Adventures. They drive you to Pearl Harbor and get timed tickets for you, but that is it. There is no "tour" at all provided by Polynesian Adventure Tours. They basically just drive you to Pearl Harbor and then give you your tickets and tell you where to go next, but they are NOT tour guides. I was hugely disappointed and felt completely ripped off.
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rebeccaj913
"So so"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 02, 2019 NEW
We visited the big island as part of a scuba diving trip. We decided to fly to Oahu to experience and pay respects to Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri tours are fantastic! However, the Polynesian Adventure Tour company not so much. Our driver was friendly and seemed to know a lot but was constantly calling the island the “cement jungle” and complaining about the cost of living and how the island has changed. While I understand the disappointment she must have, this experience will keep me from ever visiting that island again. We were constantly told how much this house or that condo cost and that they used to have this or that business but it was closed now. If you do go with them make sure you buy water and snacks. We fly in and we’re picked up at 8:30 am but didn’t get to sit for lunch until 3:00 pm. Our only food options were little shops inside Pearl Harbor of the USS Missouri so touristy unhealthy foods. I would expect the company could have water and snack bars on the van if you’re not able to stop until 3:00 for a real meal.
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2fgtravel
Cape Coral, Florida
"Road to Hana Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2019 NEW
My family and I did a day trip from Oahu to Maui to do the Road to Hana Tour. It was fantastic. They organized everything including shuttle to and from the airport to our Hawaiian airline flight. Lee, our tour guide, was amazing and his skillful driving allowed us to to see all of the Road to Hana. And if his driving wasn’t impressive enough on this curvy road, his knowledge of the island and island’s history was amazing. We did a full circle (including not so paved raods). Breakfast was included for us. The new Mercedes can was awesome with built in cooler and USB so we could charge our phones. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Ann0901
Echuca
"Polynesian Adventure Premium Pearl Harbor Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY AND WOULD NOT USE THEM AGAIN! We booked this expensive tour four days ahead. We walked to the designated pick up point 10 minutes ahead of the appointed time and waited and ....waited. After about 40 minutes we walked back to our hotel tour desk who then rang the company to be told the tour had been cancelled! We were told they had tried to ring our mobile and had also left a message in our room, which was a lie! There was no message left! By this time all the other tours had already left and we had no more spare days to book another tour. VERY UNIMPRESSED AND DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS COMPANY!- they could have easily NOTIFIED US BEFOREHAND through the hotel as we had booked the tour through the hotel tour desk.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waimea Canyon Experience

How long is the tour?
The tour begins at 7:30 am and returns at approximately 3:00 pm.

What type of vehicle will we be transported in?

Passengers will ride in an air-conditioned, comfortable coach bus throughout the duration of the trip. The bus makes several stops for scenery, ideal photo opportunities, and more.

Is hotel pickup and transportation available?

Yes. Passengers can be picked up from major Kauai hotels. The tour is not permitted to pick up passengers in residential areas and B&B's.