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Kauai’s lush tropical setting features beautiful rainforests, breathtaking ocean-side cliffs, and sparkling sand beaches. In stark contrast to Kauai’s lushness is Waimea Canyon State Park. Thousands of years of volcanic activity, earthquakes, and erosion have created a dramatic variation in the landscape. Waimea Canyon tour features “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, and offers one of the best views of the remote western coast of Kauai. The 3500 foot deep canyon’s beauty and size is awe-inspiring. Waterfalls plunging from distant valleys, azure blue skies, glowing red rocks, and brilliant green foliage combine for a study in color and contrast. The canyon rim is home to unique native tree ferns and koa forests, with temperatures noticeably cooler than at sea level.
Historical and cultural spots provide a touch of romance to the tour. There are the remains of the early 19th-century Russian Fort, Fort Elizabeth, and Old Koloa Town, an old plantation town now known for its shopping and dining. Drive through the famous Koloa Tree Tunnel, and stop to visit the Spouting Horn, an ocean blowhole that also makes a roaring sound reminiscent of a raging dragon.
On the eastern side of the island you’ll drive past the now-defunct Coco Palms resort grounds, and up to the Opaekaa Falls overlook where a short walk will lead you to a view down into the Wailua River Valley. The historic waterway, which is Hawaii’s only navigable river, leads to Fern Grotto, one of Kauai’s signature attractions. The Fern Grotto is only accessible by boat and provides sightseers an up-close view of the fern-lined cave and nearby waterfall. Local musicians and hula dancers will entertain with songs and dance of old Hawaii while on board the boat, and in the romantic setting of the Fern Grotto.