Waimea Canyon Tour
- Waimea Canyon Overlooks
- Spouting Horn Blowhole
- Kauai Coffee Plantation
- Lunch from Chicken in a Barrell (yummmmmmy!)
Journey to the heart of Kauai's interior where you'll ascend a mountain via a meandering road to reveal what Mark Twain aptly described as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Eons of wind and rain have eroded this once-volcanic landscape into immense cliffs and deep gorges of the Waimea Canyon. On the way to the canyon you will watch the ocean waves propel jets of water through lava rock at the Spouting Horn Blowhole. In quaint Hanapepe town amid sugar cane fields, view Hanapepe Valley from the lookout and cross the famous Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Waimea Plantation Cottages provided by Chicken in a Barrel BBQ (a local favorite eatery) with stunning ocean front views fronting a two‐mile black sand beach.
Venture down a nature trail in Koke'e State Park for an easy hike surrounded by native Hawaiian flora and fauna. The first portion of the hike is a gradual uphill stroll for about 30 yards, then the land levels; hugging the contours of the hill. Listen for the lyrical chirping of the rare red 'apapane or i'iwi bird species who sip nectar from the blossoms on the native trees.
Peer at the expanse of Waimea Valley from Puu Hinahina lookout point and visit the recently unveiled King Kaumuali'i Statue at Pa'ula'ula, more commonly known as the Russian Fort.
The final event of the tour is a stop at the Kauai Coffee Plantation near the coast for a stroll through the coffee orchard that leads toward the ocean. See the entire coffee process from initial blossoming and harvesting to the final roasting. Sample the exclusive line of estate‐grown Hawaiian coffees while relaxing beneath the warm late afternoon Hawaiian sun.
Waimea Canyon and Kokee Adventure Tour Rate
$170.00 per Adults, $137.00 per Children (ages 3-11), Infants (2 and under in lap) FREE (plus 4.712% Hawaii sales tax)
Pickup: Complimentary hotel pickup and return provided from East shore resorts (Kapa'a area) and South Shore resorts (Poipu area). Guests staying on the North Shore need to drive to Kapa'a area for pickup and guests staying on the West side need to drive to the Poipu area for pickup. If you are staying in an AirBnB or VRBO we will arrange a pickup at the resort nearest where you are staing.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with pickup starting at 7:30am on the East side and 8:30am on the south side
Tour length: 8-10 hours (depending on your pickup location)
What to Bring and Wear: Camera, comfortable shoes for walking, light jacket (as it is cooler at higher elevation)
Reservations: Required in advance. A credit card is required to hold your space but this event is not charged by our office until a few days before the start of your vacation, so if you are planning ahead this tour is "reserve now, pay later."
Minimum Notice for Cancellation / Changes: 48 hours prior to the start of your tour.
Kevin's Activity Tips:
Waimea Canyon is a must-see site on the island of Kauai ... it is a bit out of the way though, as it is located on the far west side of the island miles from any resort hotels. It's a bit of a white knuckle drive on a winding mountain road ... consider sitting back and enjoying the scenery while your experienced driver / guide takes you there. The drive up to the Waimea Canyon overlook skirts the rim of the canyon and these tour vehicles sit much higher off the ground than a passenger car. You'll actually see more while riding on this tour than you will out the window of a rental car. One thing you will be struck by on this tour ... the number of wild chickens running around everywhere you go on the island of Kauai. Please consider taking one back home with you as a souvenir at the conclusion of your vacation! Ha ha.
For those who enjoy biking, you might also consider the Waimea Canyon to the coast downhill bike tour.