Kauai Shore Excursion: Waimea Canyon And River

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This tour only pick-up is at the pier.
  • Return Details :
    3:30pm Thursday11:45am Friday
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 Kauais history before arriving at Spouting Horn, where youll 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.


  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Led by a local guide

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Explore the natural wonders of Kauai on this two-day, nine-hour shore excursion from Nawiliwili Harbor. Youll 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, youll take a visual tour of Kauai, driving past Old Koloa Town, Hawaiis first sugarcane plantation, and Waimea, the town where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778.

Explore another of Kauais natural wonders at Spouting Horn, an ocean blow hole near Poipu 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.

On Friday your Kauai shore excursion finishes with a cruise down the Wailua River, which twists by beautiful waterfalls and rainforest landscapes along Kauais east side. As you travel down the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) river, youll 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.


Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Port pickup and drop off




Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

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

The Waimea Canyon, Wailua River Combo Tour departs pier at 8:30 am and returns to pier at 1:30 pm, you will visit the magnificent Waimea Canyon. Departs pier at 2:30 pm and returns at 6:00 pm to pier will visit the Wailua River & Fern Grotto.

This shore excursion can only be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jun-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 25-May-2017

    Amazing trip and very informative tour guide.

  • 29-Jan-2017

    Really enjoyed the tour of this island. Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto is a must see.

  • 09-May-2016

    A breath taking experience the views were spectacular. We were lucky enough to come across a ranger who had actual pictures of last year's lava flow and kindly shared them with us.

  • 21-Dec-2015

    We enjoyed our tour bus driver, very informative! Beautiful countryside. Canyon was amazing, and river cruise was very entertaining and enjoyable.

  • 06-Sep-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.

  • 01-Aug-2015

    This is now 2 separate tours if you book as shore excursion from the pride of America due to their change of itinerary. Travelled with a local tour operator for both, cannot recommend this company enough, both tours had fantastic, enthusiastic, knowledgable drivers. Check in with them at the port was quick, clean air conditioned buses. Enjoyed both trips immensely and learnt lots about the island. I would definitely book with them again.

  • 03-Oct-2014

    Beautiful senery

  • 17-Jun-2014

    We enjoyed the Waimea Canyon trip but the River part of the trip was a disappointment.

  • 09-May-2014

    The view of the canyon was nice, but the short boat ride to Fern grotto as a let down. No wild life to see and nothing other than trees lining the river.

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