Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto Adventure in Honolulu, HI

Polynesian AdventuresWAimea Canyon DriveWaimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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Overview

Offered by Polynesian Adventures, the Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto Adventure features a picturesque Kauai tour for guests of all ages. The adventure takes guests from the majestic Waimea Canyon and Waimea Canyon State Park, through Poipu—home of the Spouting Horn—and to Wailua River. Guests can also enjoy a 40-minute river boat trip on a long, flat-bottom boat.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waimea, Kauai Travel Experts
  • Transportation from major Kauai hotels included.
  • Plenty of photo opportunities and stops included throughout the tour.
  • Remember to charge your camera and bring an extra battery, just in case.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket.

Description

from Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto Adventure
On this Kauai tour, you will enjoy a day filled with the lush beauty, legends, and saga of Hawaii's "Garden Isle." Journey to the majestic Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain called, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Over 10 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. Enjoy the drive along Route 580, which provides gorgeous views of the Wailua River. We'll make several 5-10 minute photo stops along the route for a good leg stretch and restroom breaks.

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, drive 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.

Afterward, head back towards the Wailua River for your Wailua River Cruise (admission included). This is the only river boat trip in all of Hawaii! Sail up this historic, sacred river takes about 40 minutes (one way) on a long, flat-bottom boat.

Pick Up/Drop Off Time & Location:
Hotel Pick-ups begin at 7:00am (approximately)
Tour: 11:00am to 7:30pm
Hotel return 8:15pm (approximately)
*Pick-up is provided from major Kauai hotels only. Residential areas or at B&B's are not permitted.

Passengers in the Poipu area will not see Koloa Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria's profile. No host lunch. This tour operates daily and on holidays.

Kauai Customer Reviews

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262keithd
"Cruise Ship Pearl Harbor Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
Polynesian Adventure is the operator of NCL's Pearl Harbor tours. They pick you up at the ship, get you the USS Arizona tickets, and take you to the USS Missouri. A short tour of historic and interesting sites in Honolulu along the way, our tour guide was somewhat informative, but they are primarily a shuttle bus.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto Adventure

Will we have time to take pictures at the various stops?
Yes. The tour makes several 5-10 minute stops along the way for photo opportunities.

Is hotel pickup available?
Yes. Tour passengers can be picked up at their hotels. Pick up at B&Bs and residential areas is not possible.

How long is the adventure?
Hotel pickup begins at 7:30 am - 9:00 am and hotel return is from approximately 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm.

What is the cancellation policy for the Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto Adventure?
Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any reservations past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.