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

Polynesian AdventuresWAimea Canyon DriveWaimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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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.


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.

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"Pearl Harbour and Island Circle Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2018 NEW
This is a great tour to see all the highlights of Honolulu in one full day. Our driver, Ernel was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his native Hawaii and every stop proved interesting without any hard selling which can be associated with full day tours.
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Diana C
"Oahu from Maui all day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2018 NEW
This was a full day excursion. We flew from Maui to Oahu. Every piece of this trip was well planned and delivered. From the flight out of Maui to the bus drive around Honolulu to the USS Arizona memorial, Everything was excellent. We especially liked our driver and tour guide. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the history of not only things on the tour, but Hawaaii in general. Comfortable bus ride with lots of photo ops and stops along the way. Was a very tiring and long day, but it is the only way to experience all that this tour offers in such a short amount of time. Could not recommend higher !!
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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
"Road to Hana (Maui)"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
This tour lasted nine hours on some of the most treacherous, unpaved, unsafe roads we have ever been on. For the adventurous and with a true love of flora and fauna I would say do it. If you don’t then skip it. Our driver Travis was an excellent driver. He did at times get a little insulting when we didn’t know the answers to some of his questions. Also the last half hour he played CDs of his family singing. They’re very good but after nine hours on a bus you could not appreciate it.
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Gene G
Benicia, California
"Underwhelmed- maybe worse"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2018 NEW
We took the tour Polynesian adventures, Pearl Harbor the Arizona, aviation museum, Missouri it is a story of significance but going there was underwhelming maybe worse
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Jenny S
"Pearl Harbour Heroes Day Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2018 NEW
Thank you Frank for a wonderful day trip. Thank you also for going out of your way to chase up our booking the morning of the tour when we didn't appear on your manifest of passengers. If not for you we would have been left high and dry. The trip was fantastic and everything ran so smoothly. No lines to queue up in during the incredibly busy holiday period. Your running commentary was informative and we loved your sense of humour. So glad you were our guide on the side for the day. Exceptional service.
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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.