We did the "Journey to Waimea Canyon". The tour was excellent - driven on a big bus to the canyon with some other stops. The canyon was completely amazing! I could have just stayed there looking at it, if not for time to return and all the sun exposure I'd already had on my fair skin.
Our guide, Tito, was very knowledgeable but not the friendliest guy ever.
My husband says - If you think you want to book a helicopter ride on Kauai, do it early (after checking on their cancellation policy) even if it looks like rain the day before. The company will tell you if it's not a good day. We didn't book for fear of rain, then there was no availability when the weather cleared up.
Did Fern Grotto and Waimea Canyon. Lots of driving. Knowledgeable driver. Access to Fern Grotto changed from many years ago , so slightly disappointed, but no reflection on tour. Nice boat ride with Hawaiian music and dance. Waimea Canyon like mini Grand Canyon...Nice at end of day with dramatic lighting.
This visit was part of an all day excursion. The road to the canyon is very dangerous with many hairpin turns. Make sure that your driver is experienced going to this location! The view of the canyon is breath-taking. It was a little foggy on the day that we were there but it was still well worth the visit.
All this time I had been looking forward to visiting Maui but now I can say that Kauai was my favorite island! We booked the Journey to Waimea Canyon tour through Skymilescruises.com. We are happy to be back with Roberts Hawaii! Our driver this time was an elderly lady by the name of Nani. Do not be fooled by her age/looks. She can drive that shuttle bus like a toy! Waimea is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon this is a smaller version of it but in an elevation of 3400 feet and in a place that is surrounded by water. It is a beautiful site to see. There’s a kiosk at the park that sells tropical fruit like guava, coconut and even sugar cane. Then we went to the Kauai coffee plant and gift shop where you can eat lunch and enjoy the view…..sample more coffee. Lastly you will be taken to the McBryde spouting horne. That too was a unique experience!
Nawiliwili is the perfect place to go to the beach. The water is so clear and beautiful. Just walk outside the ship and catch the free trolley. They drop you off across the street from the beach. Just make sure to bring your towel since they charge for the lounge chairs and umbrellas. You can rent a kayak there too. There are shops to buy souvenirs, clothes and plenty of places to eat and drink within walking distance. Then you can catch the shuttle at the same stop and be on your way.
We booked the Discover Kauai and Luau excursion through NCL. There were a few fun stops, and the Waimea Canyon was the highlight of the tour. The Luau was fantastic. It was an incredible show, and the food was delicious.
We booked a 5-tour Hawaii package from Roberts Hawaii – much less expensive that the same NCL tours (they are using Polynesian Adventure Tours). The first day we took a terrific Waimea Canyon tour that also stopped at the Kauai Coffee plantation. We had an excellent driver/tour guide.
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