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Kauai Waimea Canyon, Wailua River and Fern Grotto Excursion

Nawiliwili - Kauai, Hawaii / USA (Excursion ID S2156)

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  • Duration
    9 hours 30 min
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
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  • Round-trip transportation from your Kauai cruise pier!
  • Air-conditioned and licensed vehicles!
  • English speaking, local and trained Kauai shore excursion guides!
  • Visit Waimea Canyon!
  • Photo stop at Waimea Town!
  • Photo stop at Spouting Horn!
  • Photo stop at Opaekaa Falls!
  • River cruise on Wailua River to Fern Grotto!
  • All fees and taxes included!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Kauai and surrounding area!

This popular all-day combo excursion will show you the very best of Kauai. In the morning travel to the grand Waimea Canyon and south shore. And enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Wailea River to the tropical Fern Grotto.

Although Mark Twain never stepped foot on Kauai during his visit to Oahu in 1866, he is credited to giving Waimea Canyon its nickname, the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' approximately 10 years before the first tourist reached the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Despite this Hawaii folklore, you will see similarities in this colorful 14 miles long (22.5 km) by one mile (1.6 km) wide gorge that reached depths of up to 3,600 feet (1097 m). Enjoy this special departure just for the Pride of America guests!

Departing from the cruise pier in Nawiliwili, you will hop onboard your air-conditioned transportation with your guide for the 90-minute drive to the northwest side of Kauai arriving at the Waimea Canyon State Park. The canyon, like the one in Arizona, has been slowly etched through the rock over millions of years by erosion. Unlike Arizona, the ground underneath has also buckled due to internal collapses under the earth's surface, giving Wailea a uniqueness all its own. From the lookout at 3,400 feet (1036 m) above the canyon floor, you will see multicolored buttes, jagged crags, and cliffs.

Driving back towards Nawiliwili, you will pass through the small town of Waimea, located near the southwest coast where Captain James Cook first set foot on Hawaiian soil in 1778. He was received as the god Lono, arriving with his temple (ship). A year later, he was killed on the big island of Hawaii. A statue of Cook stands in the center of town.

A photo stop will be made at Spouting Horn, a blowhole on the Poipu coast, that is steeped in legend. Your guide will be giving you an insiders take on this as well as information about all of the sites. From here, you will pass through Old Koloa Town. The town dates back to 1834 when Hawaii's first sugar cane plantation was developed here. The quaint old buildings, many of them are originals that have been restored, are now home to cafes and galleries.

From here, you will return to your Kauai cruise pier, where you will have time to grab a quick lunch on board your ship before departing for the second portion of your excursion.

In the afternoon, you will meet your guide again and travel for 20 minutes to the nearby Wailua River, the only navigable river in Hawaii. The river stretches 20 miles (32 km) from the nearby mountains through lush countryside and forests until it reaches the coast. You will board flat-bottomed, covered boats for a scenic 40-minute cruise up the river to the sacred Fern Grotto, a lava rock overhang covered with tropical ferns. Inside the natural amphitheater, you will hear local musicians playing traditional local songs.

On the return drive, a photo stop will be made at the overlook at Opaekaa Falls. From here, it is a quick hop back to your Nawiliwili cruise pier in Kauai.

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Kauai Waimea Canyon, Wailua River and Fern Grotto Excursion Experiences

This excursion is available to everybody and specially designed to accommodate passengers of the following cruise lines

ImportantThis excursion is not available for AIDA Cruises - Kreuzfahrten, Costa Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Cruise Line, Phoenix Reisen, ResidenSea, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Antiquity, Voyages of Discovery, TUI, Seabourn Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Croisieres de France, Carnival Cruise Lines, Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen, Marella / Thomson Cruises, P&O Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, Royal Seas Cruise / Bahama Paradise, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Star Clippers, Saga Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, MSC Cruises, Hapag Lloyd, Crystal Cruises, Celestyal Cruises.

Kauai Waimea Canyon, Wailua River and Fern Grotto Excursion Reviews

This popular all-day combo excursion will show you the very best of Kauai. In the morning travel to the grand Waimea Canyon and south shore. After lunch at your cruise ship, spend the afternoon on a leisurely cruise up the Wailea River to the tropical Fern Grotto.


3 Reviews

Wabash, IN
This was the perfect choice!
     5/5  (Visited on July 2019)
Got this complete tour recently and I was undecided to take a full-day tour and get really tired, but on the contrary, it was really great and had time to return to the ship to have lunch and refresh ourselves. During the morning tour, we visited the Waimea Canyon and views are simply magnificent from every angle, we took a lot of pictures to show our friends. Once on the Grotto, our guide explained about the flowers and plants that are everywhere. It is just like a dream paradise full of green foliage and beautiful flowers. I personally recommend this tour, you won´t regret the time and won´t get tired.
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Jacksonville, FL
Full day entertaining.
     5/5  (Visited on July 2019)
This was a very complete tour visiting the best part of Kauai. Simply awesome and well worth spent time. The views are magnificent and you get really impressed on mother nature. Hawaii is full of simply beautiful locations. The Waimea Canyon was so pretty. Highly recommend you guys with our families and friends.
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Beautiful experience
     5/5  (Visited on May 2016)
For being a whole day tour, it went by so fast, perhaps it was because we enjoyed it so much and our guide made it very interactive and dynamic. We were able to see all the best of Kauai while our guide shared a whole lot of information about hawaiian culture. For lunch we went back to the ship, which was great in order to save a few bucks; afterwards we met again with our group and took a boat ride up the river to Fern Grotto, this was my favorite part, the music played inside the grotto is something I will always remember. This is a cave with thousands of ferns growing on the ceiling. Words just cannot do it justice. Thank you to our guide for making this excursion so special!
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