Waimea Canyon & Wailua River
Fondly known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the 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, with an array of yellow ginger and eucalyptus trees. Kauai's own mokihana berries grow right up to the 3,500 -foot elevation. This Kauai tour takes 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. Though believed to be the god Lono, he proved to be a mortal and was slain. On the return leg of your Kauai 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 morning journey to the Canyon, you'll return to the cruise pier, where you'll have time to grab lunch on board your ship.
After the break, you'll begin your tour of the Wailua River, 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 1 hour and 20 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.
After the river cruise, you'll be taken to the overlook at Opaekaa Falls, another romantic stop that will surely secure your love of this garden island.
WAILUA RIVER PART OF THE TRIP WAS DISAPPOINTING. TOO LONG WITHOUT MUCH VALUE. ALSO TOO MUCH UNNECESSARY DELATY ON THAT PART OF THE TRIP.
It was a very beautiful tour. A must see. It is very unique. We did think that we would be walking in the canyon a bit but we still enjoyed this tour.
I only wish the tour had gone on up to Kaulalui lookout point. The Fern Grotto was a lot different than before and rain made it somewhat uncomfortable. Combo pricey without the lookout.Also wish I had rented a car and drove the whole Island and skipped Fern Grotto.
Great guide. Canyon was beautiful.
Our morning portion extended a bit longer than expected which affected the amount of time that we had for lunch at ship. But otherwise, trip was very informative and the fern grotto was awesome!