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 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Hotel return 5:00pm - 6:15pm (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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
"Pearl Harbor And Oahu In A Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
We were only on Oahu for a week so chose the Pearl Harbor And Oahu Circle Island Tour to take in as much as possible without having to hire a car. The first stop was Pearl Harbor with enough time given to look around and visit the Arizona Memorial. We then set off on our tour around the island stopping off here and there, as shown on Gray Line's website, for photo opportunities. Our guide was Leo - very funny and very knowledgable. If I had one complaint it would be that some of the stops were merely at visitor centres encouraging you to spend money when the afternoon session, which, apart from a stop at the Dole Plantation visitor centre, was one long drive, could have been broken up with a stop on the North Shore. Overall though I would certainly recommend this tour.
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Perth, Australia
"A full on day in peak season, great value"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
Peak season is a very busy time to take in a series of venues. It became apparent early that a guided tour was the only way to see the four attractions in one day. We visited the Arizona Memorial, the battleship Missouri, Ford Island Aviation Museum and the USS Blowfish. Our guide Tommy was a font of knowledge and viewing hints. He guided us through the masses of people without rush and in good humour. He was mindful of photographers needs as well. We were happily tired at the end of the day. This tour is great value especially considering the large numbers of people and the ease of transferring from one venue to another.
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Baltimore, Maryland
"Amazing tour guide Leo B."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2017 NEW
We booked our tour with NCL and had three days to see Honolulu,HI before our cruise departed. For those 3 days we had an amazingly wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable guide! Leo B made us feel like we were ohana and we loved driving around the island with him! He has a wonderful speaking voice and cadence to it so it kept you wanting to listen....what a rest way to start our journey! Thanks for some excellent memories.....memories!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 08, 2017 NEW
That's all I can say. We were lucky to get Netty, your no.1 tourist guide in our Haleakala sunrise tour. I wouldn't even think twice to recommend your company or even do this tour again. She made the trip unforgettable even if we had to go at 2am in the morning. Thanks Netty, you rock!
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Blackwood, New Jersey
"Best Tour & Tour Guide!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 05, 2017 NEW
Poly Adventure Tours is the way to go for a sunrise tour on Haleakala! We were picked up in Laihana at about 2:20am and the first stop was at a store to pick up light snacks and ginger for the ride up and to use the rest room before the trip. We then began our trip up the mountain. Nettie is amazing & fast! We got to the visitor center with 20 min to spare before sunrise which was amazing! We have a clear morning and it wasnt windy at all but you still need to wear warm clothes! I have a thermal layer of pants with sweats ontop and then a hat, uggs, northface with 2 shirts underneath & gloves. Be prepared! Once we got back on the bus NEttie had hot chocolate/danishes/coffee for everyone since you do not eat breakfast still closer to 8 am! NEttie then took us to the summit where we spent over an hour taking pictures, she was amazing and took photos of every couple/group. It was truly magical! On the way back down we restopped at the visitor center for bathroom and photos and then began the decent down. We then stopped at the breakfast on a golfcourse which was pretty good. All in all this was the best way for us as honeymooners to experience the sunrise. We didnt have to worry about a thing the tour was amazing but Nettie truly make it unforgettable!
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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.