Waimea Canyon + River Boat Tour
Combine two of Kauai's most popular locations on one full day of fun tour.
During the Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Wailua River Boat Tour we will visit the high elevation of the canyon where light and shadows dance to provide magnificent red, purple, and green vistas. After that we head down to a lush jungle river valley. Here we will take a gentle river boat ride up to explore the rainforest like fern grotto of the Wailua River.
What to Expect
Enjoy a packed tour itinerary where our informative guides will take you to visit multiple locations, while providing insight and history of the locations. This tour begins with a drive past the uncanny likeness of Britain’s very own Queen Victoria seemingly etched on the Haupu Mountain range.
Next you will transported through a tunnel of 500 sweet eucalyptus trees towering more than 100 feet. After a leisurely drive through quaint Koloa Town, head to the Spouting Horn – one of the island’s most photographed spots where ocean water erupts through underground lava tubes.
Your final destination: the 3,600-foot deep Waimea Canyon. Formed by erosion caused by the Waimea River, the canyon is a grandiose array of red, brown and green hues, complimented by sparkling waterfalls and frequently visited by breathtaking rainbows.
Next, take in the view at the Opaekaa Falls Lookout and venture into the Fern Grotto, a lush tropical rainforest once reserved for Hawaiian alii (royalty).
The tour ends with the Wailua River Boat Cruise, where you’ll take a break from the road and relax and be surrounded by jungle landscapes as we gently cruise up the river.
Lunch is not included, however will be available for purchase.
- Spouting Horn* – One of the most photographed spots on Kauai with ocean water spraying like a geyser up to 50 feet in the air.
- Tunnel of Trees – A beautiful canopy of 500 Eucalyptus trees that were planted more than a century ago. Today, they tower more than 100 feet and make a natural gateway to the town of Koloa.
- Waimea Canyon* – Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano.
- Hanapepe Valley Lookout* – A picturesque view of the lush tropical valley that was once a Hawaiian taro farming community with some of the patches still being farmed today.
- Queen Victoria’s Profile – The Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of Britain’s Queen Victoria use your imagination and you can clearly see her facial features in the rocks.
- Waimea Town – This old seaport was the first landing site of European explorers. Today, it is home to the island’s last sugar plantation and located in the backyard of high tech agribusiness companies and small businesses.
- Captain Cook’s Landing – The initial landing site of British discoverer Captain James Cook, the first European explorer to establish western contact with the Hawaiian Islands.
- Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park – The last Russian fort in the Hawaiian Islands.
- Koloa Town – Home of the oldest Kauai sugar mill dated 1835 and holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days.
- Holo Holo Ku Heiau – A sacrificial stone foundation, a sacred temple site to the Hawaiians.
- Wailua River Boat Cruise* – Float down a freshwater river while being enchanted by songs and stories of ancient Hawaii.
- Fern Grotto* – A natural lava-rock grotto covered with hanging ferns and tropical foliage.
- Opaekaa Falls Lookout* – “Opaekaa” means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream. The most accessible waterfall on the island, this is also a star-studded filming spot where movies like Donovan’s Reef, Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN, and Seven Women from Hell were filmed.
*denotes tour stops made
The tour bus provides pick up from convenient South Kauai locations.
Your pick up location will be a close walk from your hotel and chosen during booking.
Reservations may be canceled free of charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour service for a full refund. No-shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.