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
This 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.

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tour_guide_tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
"Conqured the island of Maui thanks to Polynesian Adventure Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
We joined the tour called "Road to Hana" . The weather was not perfect, raining hard in the morning and too cold to swim throughtout the day, but we still had a great day with Polynesian Adventure Tours. We were picked up almost on time(6 am in the morning!) by a friendly man named Gen. He is originally from Japan where we come from. We enjoyed chatting with him for about an hour to the starting place of the tour. We were then introduced to our guide for the day, Mr. Wayne. He was full of information. My husband and I are actually English-speaking tour guides in Japan, so we were impressed how much information he gave to his guests all day(there was almost no time he wasn't talking while we were driving). He made frequent stops for bathrooms and gave us a lot of opportunities to take photos. We came back in one piece from the jungles of Maui thanks to his safe drive. All the places were very beautiful even in the rain. The car was clean with big windows. We did the west side of Maui on our own in our rented car, but we wouldn't have been able to do the west side by ourselves for sure. The roads are too narrow with a lot of cliffs. We would like to thank Wayne to take us to the deep inside of Maui. Mahalo! 英語ができないとちょっときついかもしれません!ウェインさん(ガイドさん)の英語はすごく速くて、英語を使う仕事をしていますが私たちも半分くらいしかわかりませんでした。でもいい勉強になります。ハナはレンタカーで行くのは難しいのでツアーで行くと安心ですね。
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Mmcgooo
Westport, Connecticut
"Mount Haleakala sunset tour plus dinner 12/25/19"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
This was awful. They should have cancelled. The weather was a full-on tropical storm at the parking lot (too dangerous to go to the top) with wind gusts of 50mph, sustained winds of 30mph (no exaggeration- these numbers are from the park ranger), freezing rain falling horizontally feeling like needles hitting you in the face. We were the only tour group stupid/greedy enough to make this trip, the parking lot was completely empty. We saw nothing, visibility was maybe 100 yards. I called beforehand to see if it was going to be cancelled and the answer was no only if the weather is too dangerous. That is a pretty low threshold if you ask me. The driver was incompetent, barely spoke English, didn’t know where the restaurant was, when we got there it was pretty much a cafeteria with table service. Our family took an Uber back to the hotel, as did others in our group. A very bad Christmas memory, except of course that we were in Maui.
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MauiSteve2017
"Maui to Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
Tour guide was very good. The tour info did not inform us beforehand that the final 2 hours of the tour are "on your own" in Waikiki. That's OK for anyone who would want that much time in Waikiki, but we would rather have had another hour at Pearl Harbor and at least another 30 minutes at the USS Missouri. The coach was very comfortable and we had a small group (6 total), so it was a very pleasant day.
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K4147TPdenniss
"Road to Hana"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020 NEW
My wife and I took the Polynesian Adventures tour of the road to Hana on 1/15/20. We had a wonderful time. The bus was modern and comfortable. The food was excellent. The driver , Lee, was informative and entertaining. We would definitely go again.
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453stellan
"The Road to Hana (Maui)"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
Larry could NOT have been more authentic and passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of Hawaii and building a sense of community among his bus passengers. The trip itself is quite enjoyable but Larry made it OVER THE TOP enjoyable, interesting and memorable. *we had pick-up and drop-off so I am not clear on the parking situation.
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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.