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  • Location:Kauai, Hawaii
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Kauai Shore Excursion: Waimea Canyon and River

Journey up to the 3,400-foot (1,036-meter) level of Waimea Canyon, “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” on this shore excursion from Nawiliwili Harbor. Then drive past Old Koloa Town and Waimea to experience some of Kauai’s history before arriving at Spouting Horn, where you’ll watch water soar up to 50 feet (15 meters) from a small opening at the surface of a lava shelf. Finally, cruise down the Wailua River to the lush beauty of Fern Grotto, and enjoy the serene beauty of this piece of Kauai.


  • Shore excursion to discover Kauai's spectacular natural beauty
  • Enjoy breathtaking views after hiking up Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"
  • Hear some Kauai history as you drive past Old Koloa Town and Waimea
  • Watch Spouting Horn spew water up to 50 feet in the air
  • Cruise down Wailua River to see Opaekaa Falls and Fern Grotto
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Kauai Shore Excursion: Waimea Canyon and River

Waimea Canyon

Explore the natural wonders of Kauai on this nine-hour shore excursion from Nawiliwili Harbor. You’ll hike up Waimea Canyon, see Spouting Horn and cruise down Wailua River to see Fern Grotto and Opaekaa Falls.

At 14 miles long (22.5 kilometers), 1 mile wide (1.6 kilometers), and more than 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) deep, Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and an awe-inspiring geologic gem. The Waimea Canyon Lookout provides breathtaking views of deep valleys and rugged crags. As you hike, you can enjoy spectacular views of the canyon from numerous lookouts and trails.

After exploring the wonders of Waimea Canyon, you’ll take a visual tour of Kauai, driving past Old Koloa Town, Hawaii’s first sugarcane plantation, and Waimea, the town where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778.

Explore another of Kauai’s natural wonders at Spouting Horn, an ocean blow hole near Po’ipu Beach. At Spouting Horn, water rushes under a lava shelf and surges through a small opening at the surface, spewing water up to 50 feet (15 meters) into the air and making a hissing sound.

Your Kauai shore excursion finishes with a cruise down the Wailua River, which twists by beautiful waterfalls and rainforest landscapes along Kauai’s east side. As you travel down the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) river, you’ll see the Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls. Your guide will then bring you to the Fern Grotto, a unique fern-covered cave set in a tropical garden.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

OMG the Waimea Canyon is sensational - I would recommend it for this alone! The river tour was very relaxing and a lot of fun and the grotto is beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The tours were excellent! We had very friendly and informative guides which made the experience both fun and educational. Both the canyon and the fern grotto were beautiful. The canyon, of course was spectacular. Having the Hawaiian wedding song and entertainment on the river cruise was fun. The fact that we went back to the ship to eat was fine. It gave us a change to rest for a few minutes and regroup for the second half. All in all a very good double tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Larry was an excellent guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Loved this excursion. Doing the Waimea Canyon in the morning - then taking a lunch break back at the ship - and continuing the tour on the river in the afternoon was an excellent idea. It broke up the trip. Wonderful tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Awe inspirering Grand canyon of the Pacific, well worth the bus ride. Commontary was very good as well. The river cruise and fern gardens are also a worthwhile part of the trip. too bad it rained while we were in the fern gardens, but when your in the land that has 600 inches of rain a year what else can you expect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Great tour. Enjoyed the blow hole, Waimea Canyon very beautiful and the Fern Grotto was great. I would highly recommend this tour when visiting Kauai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

this tour was brillant and worth every dollar coach on time all staff helpful and most informative even taught us to dance Highly recommended Ann and Mike Henton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and professional. We think it is unfair that a few complained and they no longer make a stop for lunch but return to the ship for lunch. Since there were 2 buses on this tour, one should stop for lunch and one could return to the ship. Because Noni was born on the island, she was able to share history of the areas that some of the newer tour guides aren't aware of. We would do the tour again and ask for Noni if she was allowed to make the lunch stop.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

I have nothing negative to write about this tour. The guides were personable, funny and knowledgeable. We saw more than we expected to see and learned so much about the history and local lore of the island. We had a great time! Money very well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Roberts Hawaii has the most knowledge tour guides. I liked that they split this into two tours and had us eat lunch on the cruise ship. Those who bought this tour from the cruise ship paid alot more and the only difference was a box lunch.

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