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Waimea Canyon Tours

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Waimea Canyon
A geological kaleidoscope of reds and browns, Kauai’s impressive Waimea Canyon—at 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) long, one mile (1.6 kilometers) wide, and 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) deep—is Hawaii’s version of the Grand Canyon. In fact, some say Mark Twain was the first to lend it its nickname: the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Stop on its winding rim road for views of a far-below river, sheer drop-offs, spectacular views, excellent hiking, and waterfall-lined crevasses, all just a short way away from the Garden Isle’s legendary Na Pali Coast.

The Basics
The canyon, within the purview of the free-to-access Waimea Canyon State Park, is best seen on a tour, which allows you to gaze over the cliff edges without having to also navigate a vehicle along the winding, canyon-hugging route. Take a 4WD tour on Kauai’s backroads and past popular attractions like quaint Koloa Town, the Spouting Horn blowhole, the artsy town of Hanapepe, and the old Russian Fort before skirting the canyon. Or follow the Wailua River—coupling boat or kayak rides to the jungle of Fern Grotto—with a journey west for comparatively dry river views. Most Waimea Canyon tours continue to Kauai’s northern coast, stopping at Kokee State Park and the Kalalau Overlook for sweeping views of the undulating Na Pali Coast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waimea Canyon itself is dry and dusty, but the Na Pali Coast can be foggy and wet. Be prepared and dress in layers for whatever the weather may bring.
  • Although the canyon trails aren’t generally wheelchair accessible, the many lookout points are.
  • For experienced hikers, longer treks—including guided multi-day hut-to-hut hikes—are an option. Trail maps and additional information are available in the Kokee Museum and Visitor Center north of the canyon.
  • There are no gas stations and only one restaurant along Waimea Canyon Drive—a route that, depending on how many stops you make, could take all day. Choose a tour that includes lunch or snacks, or pack food.
 
How to Get There
Access Waimea Canyon along scenic, in-and-out Waimea Canyon Drive (Highway 550) in southwestern Kauai. There are several lookout points and trailheads along the route. You can access the road from coastal Highway 50 in the town of Waimea, or from farther west at Kekaha, via Kokee Road. On the return journey be sure to look for glimpses of distant Niihau, the Forbidden Island.
 
When to Get There
It’s best to head to Waimea Canyon early in the day (before 10am) or in the late afternoon (after 3pm), when the fog that regularly rolls off the sea is less likely to obscure views along the route. Very early morning and at sunset, the canyon’s colors come alive and make for great photographs.
 
Stops Along the Waimea Canyon
There are dozens of pull-offs along Waimea Canyon Drive, but don’t miss sights like the Waimea Canyon Lookout at mile marker 10 or Waipio Falls, best seen from a small lookout around mile marker 13, opposite a picnic area with restrooms and water fountains. The Iliau Nature Loop is a flat and easy (though dusty) trail with signage on local birds and plants, as well as some great canyon views; look for it just before mile marker 9. The restaurant at Kokee State Park, north of the canyon, serves local-style meals—try the loco moco, a hearty Hawaiian dish of white rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy.


Address: Waimea Canyon Drive, Waimea 96796, USA
Admission: Free
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Private Waimea Canyon TourDay Trips

Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Experience the best of Kauai on a full-day private tour through the island’s scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe; see the last Russian outpost on Hawaii, follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo’o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf and watch for sea turtles in a sheltered cove before finishing your tour with a visit to stunning Wailua Falls. *Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
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Waimea Canyon downhill bike rideMountain Bike Tours

Waimea Canyon downhill bike ride

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Waimea Canyon is one of the most scenic corners of Kaua’i, and with this downhill bike ride, you’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye view over the dramatic landscape as you coast down to Kekaha Beach to catch the sunset. Explore the canyon with a guide to avoid getting lost, and learn about the island’s history and lore as you take in the sweeping views over three state parks.
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Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided TourDay Trips

Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour

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[FOR UP TO 6 PASSENGERS, private tour] *For more reviews, check us on TripAdvisor, "Noah's Ark Kauai"* This tour starts by heading directly to the Waimea Canyon on the west side. On the way there, we will stop to stretch our legs and take a look at the Hanapepe Valley overlook. At Waimea town, we will begin our ascent into the canyon. We will stop at about 1800 feet for our first view, stop at a miniature waterfall for pictures, take a short walk on a nature trail with native Hawaiian plants where you can stand at the very edge of the canyon, and then on to the main canyon viewing area. From there we will head to the top stopping to see the Waipo'o Falls on the way. At the very top we will view two different vantage points of the Kalalau Valley from 4700 feet down to the ocean. On the way back down I will tell a historical tale about Kalalau. Lunch. Then to the south side for Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach (monk seals) and a walk to see the Makauwahi Sinkhole cave in Mahaulepu State Park.
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Entire Kauai Island Air TourPrivate and Luxury

Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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Soar over the entire Garden Island for unforgettable views on this air tour of Kauai. From aboard an aircraft designed for sightseeing, soak up breathtaking views of natural attractions like Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls, the rugged Na Pa Coast, and Mt Waialeale — the wettest spot on earth. Your experienced pilot provides informative narration during this thrilling flight.
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Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing FlightAir Tours

Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing Flight

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Choose one passenger when booking to see your pricing options on this bird’s-eye view of Kauai’s spectacular scenery on a deluxe air tour! Marvel at natural wonders like the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay and tropical waterfalls. Soar over the "Garden Island" in an aircraft specially designed for sightseeing as your pilot provides narration through high-tech headsets during the flight.
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Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter TourPrivate and Luxury

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s ‘Garden Isle,’ take to the skies above Kauai on a helicopter tour in a new Eurocopter Eco-Star. Soar over the island’s diverse terrain, from rain-soaked Mt. Waialeale and the waterfalls of Waiapuna to the dry red ravine of Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking emerald spires of the Na Pali Coast. A two-way radio to communicate with the pilot and expansive viewing glass add to the unforgettable flight.
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Kauai Waimea Canyon ExperienceDay Trips

Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience

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Experience the natural splendor of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon on this guided tour. Learn about the fascinating geologic history of the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific,’ and stop at several vista points along the way for great photos. Visit the historic island town of Hanapepe and see highlights of the southern coast, including the Koloa Sugar Mill, Spouting Horn blowhole and the luxurious beach resorts of Poipu.
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Kauai Tour Bundle: Get 4 Kauai Audio ToursMulti-day Tours

Kauai Tour Bundle: Get 4 Kauai Audio Tours

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Explore Kauai at your own pace with this audio tour app that uses GPS to guide you to and around some of the island's top attractions. Skip paying for a bus tour and make the most of your vacation time with the freedom to stop and go as you please. Along the way, the app provides narration, stories, and fun facts. The tours can be downloaded and used offline so you don't have to worry about service around the island.
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Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

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See the natural wonders of Kauai from the air on this scenic helicopter flight from Lihue. Sights include Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls), Na Pali Coast State Park, the Hanalei Valley waterfalls, and more. Cruise port pickup and drop-off provided from Nawiliwili Harbor. Select a departure time when booking.
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Da Westside ExplorerDay Trips

Da Westside Explorer

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Explore the western part of Kauai with a local guide on this eight-hour sightseeing tour, which includes 10 different spots at fabulous attractions. Highlights along the way include the chance to check out the views at Waimea Canyon (considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), explore the black sands at Waimea Pier, and sample java at the Kauai Coffee Company, the largest coffee producer in the USA.
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NCL Cruise Ship Special

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10 beautiful stops - 7 hour guided sightseeing tour. Designed for guest of the Pride of America, Norwegian Jewel, Star Princess, Eurodam, Sea Princess, and Carnival Miracle. We packed a punch of the most breathtaking places on the South and West side of Kauai, from the mini Grand Canyon of the Pacific, waterfalls and beaches to the largest plantation of coffee growers in the US. Our professional guide will share with you our islands rich history, culture, geology, and legends while you kick back, relax, and enjoy the scenery in a small group setting.
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Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai

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Soar over Kauai aboard a vintage biplane for unmatched aerial views of the Garden Island. On this flight, get a bird’s-eye perspective on Kauai’s diverse topography and amazing natural attractions. Fly above the Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay, Mt Waialeale, cascading waterfalls, white sandy beaches and more while your expert pilot provides narration on the island’s history and geography.
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Kauai Discovery Helicopter Tour

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This will be an unforgettable experience like no other. See Kauai and all its beauty, soaring high in the sky in a state-of-the-art EC130 helicopter.
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Kauai Pali Mist Air Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention and privacy for you and your partner on this flight tour over Kauai Pali. With just your party and a pilot, you'll get commentary tailored to your interests and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Take in panoramic aerial views over the cliffs, sea, waterfalls, and forested hills, as well as excellent photo ops.
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Waimea Canyon & Waterfall, Shopping & Local Food TourAttraction Tickets

Waimea Canyon & Waterfall, Shopping & Local Food Tour

Get a taste of Kauai life on this half-day tour around the island. Travel to Waimea Canyon, a 10-mile, 3,000-foot-deep geographic feature known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and ‘Opaeka'a Falls, a 151-foot-waterfall that flows over volcanic rock. Then visit Kapaa to check out NoKa Fair, the town’s one-of-a-kind boardwalk shopping center made from repurposed shipping containers.
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Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle SeatsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

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On this incredible tour of Kauai, you’ll experience views so beautiful they will take your breath away. Explore the stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as “Jurassic Park” falls, wedged in between the emerald green mountain top of the Hanapepe Valley. Soar over the amazing views of the Olokele Canyon and majestic Waimea Canyon. Waimea canyon is also know as the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” where you’ll catch sight of dozens of cascading waterfalls including the 2000-foot Waipo’o falls. Then on to the sacred Napali Coast with its 3500-foot seacliffs plummetting into the vast Pacific ocean. Along the Napali coast you will fly into the secret valleys of Nualolo and Kalalau valley with there amazing landscape. On to Kauai’s magical North Shore which reveals the sculpted green Hanalei Valley with more waterfalls than you can count. Last but not least the pilot will take you to the Wai'ale'ale crater with the "Wall of Tears" A dormant shield Volcano which receives 500" of rainfall.
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Discover Kauai (departs from Princeville)Nature and Wildlife

Discover Kauai (departs from Princeville)

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On the "Garden Isle" of Kauai, there's so much that's hard or impossible to reach from the ground, but up in the air, you can see for yourself why this is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Pacific. Take this helicopter tour from Princeville for the chance to look down on Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Canyon, Manawaiopuna Falls (aka Jurassic Park Falls), Hanalei Bay, the Na Pali Coast, and other natural sights.
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Kauai Explorer Helicopter TourNature and Wildlife

Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour

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Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is home to some of the wettest places on earth. Take a helicopter tour over the island’s lush, yet rugged landscape, including locations featured in feature films such as "Jurassic Park". Fly over Waimea Canyon—which Mark Twain dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—the Bali Hai Cliffs, the North Shore, Mount Makana, and more on this fantastic aerial island tour.
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Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: South & West ShoresDay Trips

Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: South & West Shores

See the Best of Kauai's south and west shores on this private tour! You'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary with the help of your friendly guide, who'll take you to picturesque beaches, waterfalls and wildlife reserves. Depending ont he size of your group and the availability, experience Kauai in our luxury sedans, SUVs or Mercedes Sprinters.
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Kauai Cruise Excursion / small groupDay Trips

Kauai Cruise Excursion / small group

Experience the best of Kauai on this small group tour through the island's scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown coffee at the Kauai Coffee Plantation, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe town; follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo'o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf. Maximum 10 passengers in a group. *This tour needs a minimum of 4 passengers to operate*
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Kauai Private Tour : Waimea Canyon Tour Day Trips

Kauai Private Tour : Waimea Canyon Tour

Private tour of the Island of Kauai. Start when you want and return when you want. Customize your to your liking. Perfect for groups up to 14 guests.
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Kauai Jeep ToursDay Trips

Kauai Jeep Tours

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Explore the rugged paradise of Kauai on a private, 5-hour Jeep tour. Venture off the beaten path to experience stunning beaches, cascading waterfalls and fantastic mountain vistas, including from the rim of the majestic Waimea Canyon. See the Spouting Horn blowhole, swim at Poipu Beach, and opt for a picnic lunch on the beach. A friendly local driver and guide can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences for an unforgettable island adventure.
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