Journey to Waimea Canyon
Called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by Mark Twain, this fascinating Waimea Canyon tour in Kauai offers spectacular views that rival its mainland cousin yet with an island personality all its own. For example, a stop will be made during the excursion to see the Spouting Horn. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube and releases a huge spout of water during large swells. Listen for the hiss and roar; local legend tells of a great lizard that long ago got stuck in the tube.
The actual canyon is bursting with ever-changing color, yellow ginger, and eucalyptus trees. Kauai's own mokihana berries grow up to the 3,500 foot elevation. We take you up to 3,400 feet to the canyon overlook and provide a visual history commentary along the way. A short walk from the transportation takes you to the overlook.
Waimea, located on the western end of Kauai, offers a rich history and plenty of adventure. The town's claim to fame: it marks the spot where Captain Cook first set foot on Hawaiian soil in 1778.
On the return drive, you will 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.
Reviewer: Thomas M. Kolakovich
A spectacular display of natural beautiful!! Not to be missed, it was a highlight of the trip to this island.
Reviewer: Ed Deeds
Would have given our excursion a 5 star had we been on a smaller bus that would have taken us past the first lookout at the canyon. Could have spent more time at the canyon had we not stopped for gift shopping on our way there.
Reviewer: Kathleen Brockett
really enjoyed this tour
Reviewer: May Lysinger
Our guide was a real Hawaii decendent. She knew many interesting history facts we would not have known if we had a different tour guide. Also very knowlegable about the plants and was able to take us for great photos. Sorry to hear she will be retiring soon.
Reviewer: Verla Meints
Our tour to the Waimea Canyon was great. We enjoyed viewing the canyon. It is absolutely beautiful. The stops at sites on the way to the canyon were nice. Our guide had lots of information to share with us.