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Private Waimea Canyon Tour provided by Kauai Island Shuttle

Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Enjoy a day filled with the best natural and historic highlights of Kauai in this private tour. Visit Waimea Canyon, the Spouting Horn, Wailua Falls, and more. Learn about coffee growing and sample locally grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation. With insights from your guide and plenty of photo ops along the way, you’ll go home with new perspectives and a better understanding of Kauai.
  • Private, full-day tour of Kauai’s natural and cultural highlights
  • Stop for photos at waterfalls, beaches, historic landmarks, and lookout points
  • Taste fresh coffee at the largest coffee farm in Hawaii
  • Learn about Kauai’s ancient history and modern culture from a guide
What to Expect
Meet your private guide in Lihue in the morning, and set off in a minivan on a customized tour of Kauai’s south and east shores. Hear the legend of the freshwater Menehune Fishpond en route to the Kauai Coffee Company, where you’ll learn about the coffee-growing process and sample gourmet products at Hawaii's largest coffee plantation. Listen to stories about Kauai’s modern history as you drive through Hanapepe and Waimea towns, pass the early 19th-century Russian Fort Elizabeth, and stop at Captain Cook’s original landing site. Wind up a mountain to a lookout point over the striking red ravines of Waimea Canyon, and stop for photos in front of Waipo’o Falls. Get panoramic views over the Kalalau Valley and drive along the island’s longest beach before stopping for a typical Hawaiian barbecue lunch (own expense). After this break, watch ocean spray shoot up through a lava tube at the Spouting Horn blowhole and look for sea turtles near the beaches of Poipu. Get a glimpse of Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on Earth, on the way to Wailua Falls. Admire the remarkable 80-foot (24-meter) double cascade before ending the full-day tour back in Lihue.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Wal-Mart, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
7–8 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private guide
  • Bottled water and juice
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Poipu, Lihue, Kapaa, Wailua)
  • Nawiliwili Harbor pickup and drop-off
  • Lihue airport pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch at own expense
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup from Princeville/North Shore Excluded (Meet in Lihue)
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Additional Info
  • For groups larger than 9, please contact Viator as this tour can take groups up to 16
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Priced displayed is per person based on a party of six passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jason H wrote a review Jul 2020
Yorktown, Virginia15 contributions16 helpful votes
Fantastic people working for a fantastic company. Stopped at unique places we wouldn’t have seen on a big tour bus.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Response from Elena A, Manager at Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Responded 4 Aug 2020
Mahalo Jason for your kind words and awesome review! We are so happy you and your family enjoyed our tour! Warm Aloha & Best wishes from Kauai
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SlMa2014 wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, California2 contributions
The Waimea Canyon tour is an awesome tour. John, our guide, achieved the most appropriate balance between the island sites of natural and cultural significance. He seemed to know every corner of the island and certainly the answers to all our questions. Our group was primarily
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from Elena A, Manager at Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Mahalo Slobo for taking the time to share your experience! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed the tour and our beautiful island. Wishing you more fun and safe travels! Aloha, John
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Olga Kysil wrote a review Dec 2019
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We are so satisfied with our tour, excellent experience. Lena is very knowledgeable, carrying and she will do her best to make it even better. We had a great time, lots if amazing pictures and unforgettable memories. I’m so happy that we got private tour. Its very personalized,
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Response from Elena A, Manager at Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Responded 17 Dec 2019
Thank you so much Olya for the kind words and awesome review! It was great having your family on our tour. Enjoy Kauai and have fun on Oahu! Warm Aloha & Happy Holidays, Elena A.
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Jackie wrote a review Nov 2019
2 contributions
Breathtaking!!! John was wonderful and very accommodating!!! Many great stops made for a perfect day of seeing the island. Thank you so much! Your knowledge was inspiring. Jackie
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Elena A, Manager at Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Responded 16 Nov 2019
Mahalo Jackie for the kind words and great review! I hope to guide you in the future and show you some new places on this beautiful island. With warm Aloha & Best Wishes, John A.
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Duchtel wrote a review Nov 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan88 contributions44 helpful votes
The private tour of Kaua'i with Elena was definitely one of highlights of our visit. It started off with a bit of a snafu where there was some confusion about the pick-up location and we had to connect through our travel agent (who fortunately was available despite the time
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Elena A, tour guide at Private Waimea Canyon Tour
Responded 4 Nov 2019
Mahalo for a great review, Elizabeth! I am so happy your family enjoyed our day together! I hope you had fun adventures on the Big Island too. Big hugs to Alex and Kate. With Warm Aloha & Best Wishes from Kauai, Elena A.
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About the operator

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By: Kauai Island Shuttle
Kauai with a true local
This was a wonderful all-day trip up the east and north sides of Kauai. John is a very knowledgeable guide and know
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Worth the cost so both of us could enjoy the scenery.
Even the views from the shuttle were worth the ride. The shuttle picked up in Princville on the north end, or at W
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Helpful to get around and friendly staff
Helpful to get around and friendly staff. great way to see the distant beaches. Would do this again, not many seem
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Elena is amazing. And we have the same first name :) She brought us to many personal secret spots. And my whole fa
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Excellent Value, tailored to our needs
We took a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands with a day and a half in Kauai. I knew we wanted to do the tubing, see Wai
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shuttle came after a bit of a wait, but the driver was good and interesting facts were told during the trip. Recomm
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Fabulous Tour of Kauai
John was very knowledgeable about everything regarding the island of Kauai. We took a full day tour and covered so
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Fun !!!
Fun day, saw a lot, learned a lot, met new friends ! Tour guide, forgot his name :( was a native and had great
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Katerina K
Northshore tour with Elena
We really enjoyed our tour despite a very rainy day. When we originally booked the tour, Elena reached out and sugg
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Great Tour
What a great tour of the island. John was punctual, Informative and a very cautious driver. We highly recommed this
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Great tour!
My husband and I took this tour in February. We had never been to Kauai. John picked us up at our Poipu area hotel
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South Kauai private tour
We are a group of 4 visiting on a NCL Cruise. We arranged a private tour for just the 4 of us and compared to the c
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Personal touch
John was a great guide! He knew the island’s history well and was able to answer all questions we posed. It happen
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Wenjun H
A fantastic day tour
We saw many things like sea turtles, monk seals and rainbows in a day, and we were lucky that the valley is clear w
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If you want to see the best of Kaua’i this is the way to do it.
John was great. He showed our family the best parts of Kaua’i. He is incredibly knowledgeable. He even put up with
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Key Details
  • Mt. Waialeale, Poipu Beach Park, and 10 more
  • Duration: 7–8 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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