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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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John H
Lihue, Hawaii
"Big Island circle tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
Excellent use of the day! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lunch at Volcano restaurant was expensive and not worth the $$$,but not in control of bus operator. The volcano itself made the day.
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Jersey, United Kingdom
"Great Customer Serivce and Tour (Pearl Harbor and City Highlights)"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
Our customer service experience began when we had an early morning telephone call to advise our open top double decker bus had broken down and we were offered alternative solutions. We chose to continue on with the today's tour via closed air-conditioned coach, which was a delight with temps well into the 80Fs. Our driver was knowledgeable and pleasant with all his tour information talks and guiding us safely around our main drop off point, via a well marked map of the Pearl Harbour Memorial site. The tour was on time and very slick. We had plenty of time to browse the respective museums (note extra entrance fees apply - adult between $7-$12 from memory), eat and view souvenirs. The Arizona Memorial, which included a short narration (20mins), based on original pieces of film edited together, in what can only described as interesting, informative and very tasteful when dealing with such a traumatic event in world a history. Then we ventured on to the ready and waiting Launch to take us on the 5 min trip to the Memorial itself. Again this was a moving experience and quiet an incredible structure built over the Ship. After what seemed a brief moment (15-20mins) we were guided back on board by the Park Rangers to our Launch to end our tour of Pearl Harbour. With our coach ready and waiting we concluded our tour back into Waikiki centre then beach area and disembarked right on time around 3pm. Great tour and service thank you.
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"Nettie is the best!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
Great personal care from our guide Nettie. She made sure we had the best view of the mountain top sunrise. Great local insight.
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"Pearl Harbor tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
it would have been nice to have more time at pearl harbor. especially the battle ship Missouri. there is so much to see on the ship that more time would have been nice.
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"Big island Hawaiin tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
The tour guide was friendly , the places we visited were good and interesting,we enjoyed the tour. The best locations ,we visited were Volcanic park which is very interesting , black sand beach with turtle. We learnt a lot during the tour about Big Island history. Unfortunately the tour was not include the international space observatory in Big island.
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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.