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Kauai Shore Excursion: Journey to Waimea Canyon

Lihue, United States

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


While in port in Kauai, take a half-day tour to Waimea Canyon, known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific'.  In stark contrast to Kauai’s lushness is Waimea Canyon State Park. The canyon offers one of the best views of the island's western coast.  Ddrive through Hawaii’s first sugarcane plantation and to the town of Waimea, made famous by Captain Cook hundreds of years ago. Before concluding your tour back at your original departure point, stop to see the water fly high at Po’ipu’s Spouting Horn on the island's southern side.
  • Shore excursion to Kauai's natural wonders, Waimea Canyon and Spouting Horn
  • Learn Kauai history as you drive past Old Koloa Town and Waimea
  • Watch Spouting Horn spew water up to 50 feet into the air
  • Free port pickup and drop-off including guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Nawiliwili Harbor (Only Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Grand Princess and Carnival ship passengers may book this shore excursion)
Dates: Thursday
Return point: 1:30pm


  • Nāwiliwili Harbor, Waapa Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your tour will begin with pickup from Nawiliwili Harbor. From there, you’ll visit Waimea Canyon, the largest canyon in the Pacific at 14 miles long (22.5 kilometers), 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide and more than 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) deep. From the lookout you’ll see incredible views of the green valleys below.

Then, hop into an air-conditioned coach and head through the islands’ original sugarcane plantation, Old Koloa Town, as well as the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in Waimea. Your guide will provide commentary about Kauai’s rich history as you go.

Conclude your shore excursion with a visit to Spouting Horn in Po’ipu. Waters can shoot up to 50 feet (15 meters) high as the ocean surges under a lava shelf and up through the opening. After departing from Spouting Horn, your guide will return you to your original departure point.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Nawiliwili Harbor for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Spouting Horn
One of the most photographed spots on Kauai, with ocean water spraying like a geyser up to 50 feet in the air.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hanapepe Valley Lookout
A picturesque view of the lush tropical valley, a former Hawaiian taro farming community with some of the taro patches still being farmed today.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waimea Canyon State Park
Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this natural wonder was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. The rich colors of the red soil and the lush greenery are a spectacular site to see.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of the British Queen Victoria.
Pass By:  
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 companies and small businesses.
Pass By:  
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Islands.
Pass By:  
Old Koloa Town
From some of the oldest buildings in the state, to rich history of Hawaii’s first successful Sugar Plantation, discover how this main port of entry was a favorite amongst the whaling fleet.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This shore excursion can only be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of America passengers and Carnival Spirit passengers
  • There will be substantial walking to Waimea Canyon. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this activity.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Roberts Hawaii

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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36 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Beautiful canyon
Kathy L
, Nov 2019
It was a very nice experience. The canyon was the highlight and with seeing it. The colors were vibrant.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Aloha Kathy, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate It. I'm so happy you enjoyed the vibrant colors of the Canyon.
spectacular views
, Aug 2019
Enjoyed the descriptions by the driver. Very personable and knowledgeable. Hard to describe all of the beauty of the canyon. Took many pictures, but they do not do justice to what we saw. .
Beautiful Canyon but rough guide
, Jul 2019
The canyon is beautiful as is the whole island but our guide Tino was hard to put up with. He talked way too much about himself and his family and had an arrogant attitude.
Waimea Canyon and National Volcano Park
, Jun 2019
We opted to take a tour van. I sat in the front seat and had an excellent time. The tour was interesting and got to eat at a mom and pops restaurant. The tour guide was very nice. I loved visiting volcano national park. Our guide took us down the volcano to where the volcanic flow met the ocean.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Aloha and Mahalo, for your compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour.
Canyon was beautiful
, Jun 2019
Pleasant trip. Our guide was fun. It was nice to see so many other things along the way as well. Kauai is still my favorite of the 5 major islands. It is certainly not as beautiful and huge as the Grand Canyon...but it stand up in its own right. The two waterfalls across the canyon were beautiful.
Few scenic spots
, May 2019
The stops are more for shopping than scenery. The guide was not very enthusiastic to introduce the places and the people.
Canyon is beautiful, so glad I chose...
Linda H
, Jan 2018
Canyon is beautiful, so glad I chose to see it as opposed to picking another shore excursion. My photos are gorgeous. Several other stops included Kauai coffee, a blow hole, and driving by the Captain Cook statue.
Excellent tour. The whole experience...
David H
, Dec 2017
Excellent tour. The whole experience was wonderful. Tina, the driver and tour guide, was very knowledgeable and easy going. The canyon was amazing. Worth every penny to see this site. One of those places that a picture can’t really show how big it is.
Would have been a great trip if the...
Ezra K
, Nov 2017
Would have been a great trip if the mountain hadn't been encompassed by cloud and rain.
Absolutely Beautiful!! The bus driver...
Jay S
, Oct 2017
Absolutely Beautiful!! The bus driver was excellent.

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