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.

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Chris H
Columbia, Maryland
"“The Best of Maui Tour”==Underwhelming tour--not worth the cost--most disappointing tour of the cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
Took "The Best of Maui" tour from Polynesian Adventure Tours via Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Pride of America on a Monday in early February Iao Needle State Park was very pretty. Spent about 20 minutes there. Over 100 steps to climb to get near the needle. Clean portapotties available (4 stars). The Maui tropical planation tram tour was totally underwhelming. Short tram tour through demonstration planation fields with about a 10 minute stop to see a coconut husking demonstration. Trams are covered so we were mostly protected from the occasional showers. To enter and exit the planation tour, we had to walk through the store. In addition, there were numerous other opportunities to buy food or drinks. Essentially just a stop for us to spend money. Disappointing considering what this tour cost from NCL. More to see in tropical gardens there but we had no time. Ok but just not worth wasting time for after traveling 6000 miles. Go see something else. (1 star) Maui Ocean Center was very nice but we had too little time here (about 2 ½ hours). A sit-down lunch was included but totally disorganized and took about an hour. That left only 90 minutes or so to see the MOC. We decided to see their 3D whale experience at 1230 but so many people were in line we had to wait until 1pm to get in. The show was excellent but that left us only 40 minutes to see the rest of the MOC. Not enough time. (4 stars) Overall, this Polynesian Adventure Tours/NCL tour was Ok but not great. Iao was worth seeing. The Tropical Planation should be dropped completely and the time spent at the MOC instead. Even drop the included lunch at the MOC and let us forage instead or spend the lunch hour touring the MOC.
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cathielegaspi
Chula Vista, California
"Kaua'i Movie Adventure Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020
Took the Movie Adventure tour on Kauai, lots of interesting spots and stops to take pictures. Lunch was informal at a small restaurant that was used in the movie The Descendants in Hanalei.
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sandyfos
Riverside, California
"Haleakala Sunrise with breakfast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020
This is a 8 hours trip and start about 2am Our tour bro Preston pick up everyone on time by their resided Hotel, Condo, Timeshare etc.. Multiple stops for restroom break, coffee. Take about 2 hours drive up. Preston is fun, patience with a lot of Maui info to share... not just for this tour. Sunrise is aaaamazing. Of course, expect windy and cold or even rain.... mother nature rule. Drive down is smooth, Preston tell Maui stories from astronauts to best bar in Maui. Everyone is entertained by his knowledge. Hot Breakfast after trip put a pause of the tour. Then the tour bus bring everyone back. Great experience and will use Polyasian again.
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glenn p
Winnipeg, Canada
"Sunset tour of haleakala volcano "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2020
Had a great time on the sunset tour. Judy was our guide and she was a lot of fun. Very knowledgeable and very funny The sunset was amazing . Who can say they spent valentine's day with your wife on top of a volcano watching the sunset. Bravo judy for a great day.
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Stagemom3
Duarte, California
"Haleakala Sunset Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2020
We decided to take the sunset tour. Our driver was very pleasant and informative telling us stories and facts about the island. We stopped at a general store along the way. The store had snacks and souvenirs for purchase. When we arrived at the top, we had plenty of time to view the crater and surrounding areas. Even with the clouds, we watched the beautiful sunset. After the sunset, we went to dinner at Cafe O' Lei. Food was good and plentiful.
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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.