2 Day Waimea Canyon & Wailua River Combo
- Waimea Canyon - Thursday, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
- Wailua River & Fern Grotto - Friday, 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Explore two of Kauai's most spectacular natural phenomenons on this combination tour, serviced in two days as you overnight in Kauai.
Fondly known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon offers spectacular views that rival its mainland cousin, yet with an island personality all its own. Your Kauai Waimea Canyon tour includes a stop to see the Spouting Horn. The actual canyon is bursting with ever-changing color, yellow ginger and eucalyptus trees. Kauai's own mokihana berries grow right up to the 3,500 -foot elevation. We take you up to 3,400 feet, to the canyon overlook, and provide a visual history along the way.
Waimea, located on the western end of Kauai, offers a rich history and plenty of adventure. The town's claim to fame is the landing spot where Captain Cook first set foot on Hawaiian soil in 1778. He was received as the god Lono, and then proved to be a mortal and slain. On the return leg of your tour, you'll pass through Old Koloa Town. Established in 1834 and situated in the heart of Hawaii's first sugar cane plantation, quaint old buildings have been carefully renovated and restored and are now home to unique shops and restaurants. As you drive by, your guide will share fascinating stories about life in the plantation era.
After your Kauai excursion to the Canyon, you'll return to the cruise pier.
Your journey continues the next morning when we begin your Wailua River Tour. The Wailua is a long, slowly meandering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by many tributaries on its way to the ocean. It is the only navigable river in Hawaii.
For a unique Hawaiian adventure, join this cruise up the river to the sacred Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. Hawaiian musicians will greet you at the grotto with traditional local songs, including the famous "Hawaiian Wedding Song." The superior acoustics within this natural amphitheater greatly enhance the music.
The cruise usually takes approximately 40 minutes on a long, flat-bottom riverboat. You will also encounter kayakers, motorboats and water skiers along the way. During the cruise there are many photo opportunities of tropical grasslands lining the river and the majestic cloud-covered Mt. Waialeale in the background.
You will also enjoy the overlook at Opaekaa Falls-- another romantic stop that will surely secure your love of this garden island.
Please note: This combo tour takes place over two days. On Thursday, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, you will visit the magnificent Waimea Canyon. On Friday, from 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM, you will visit the Wailua River & Fern Grotto. Smoking is not permitted in the State Parks.