Kauai Waimea Canyon Excursion Reviews

The gorgeous expanse of Waimea Canyon is a sight unlike any other, and a must-see for any who visit Kauai.
The Grand Canyon of Hawaii.
The Grand Canyon of Hawaii. The best part was the native Hawaiian's speech from the overlook.
The Grand Canyon of Hawaii. The best part was the native Hawaiian's speech from the overlook. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We rented a car for the day and a half we were in Kauai.
We rented a car for the day and a half we were in Kauai. Our first day, we drove up to Waimea Canyon while stopping at the various locations in the park. There is a $5 parking fee that will cover you at each of the parks assorted lots. We ... Read More
We rented a car for the day and a half we were in Kauai. Our first day, we drove up to Waimea Canyon while stopping at the various locations in the park. There is a $5 parking fee that will cover you at each of the parks assorted lots. We were lucky as we got there pretty early (around 10:00) and beat the big tour buses and crowds. Make sure you drive to Kalalau Lookout for one of the most spectacular views you will ever see. It is only about 20-minutes from the main parking lot area via car. Since we had plenty of time on our 1st day, we googled beaches on Kauai and chose to drive up to Polihale State Park. Just FYI - I suggest only going here if you have a jeep or some other type of larger vehicle. We, however, had a Hyundai Elantra, and had no idea what was in store for the teeth-chattering drive (about 20-minutes) over a rutted, pot-holed gravel road, that brought us to one ofthe most beautiful and secluded beaches you will ever see. Once you arrive, the sand to get to the beach is "VERY HOT" so make sure you have proper footwear. Our 2nd day, we drove up the north shore area to Princeville and viewed the sites and did some shopping. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
At the risk of repeating myself...another tour another fine guide.
At the risk of repeating myself...another tour another fine guide. This time it was Sam. It isn't hard to see why Mark Twain called this canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is lovely. Any direction one looks from any of the ... Read More
At the risk of repeating myself...another tour another fine guide. This time it was Sam. It isn't hard to see why Mark Twain called this canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is lovely. Any direction one looks from any of the overlooks one is impressed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Big bus tour the canyon and blowhole were well worth seeing but surely tourist traps.
Big bus tour the canyon and blowhole were well worth seeing but surely tourist traps.
Big bus tour the canyon and blowhole were well worth seeing but surely tourist traps. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
When we got off the boat in Kona, Alex was there promoting his 4 1/2 hour, $50, Kaua'i island tour ...
When we got off the boat in Kona, Alex was there promoting his 4 1/2 hour, $50, Kaua'i island tour the next day. I thought it was a scam and did not sign up. But the next day, when we got off the boat at 9:00 am in Kaua'i, ... Read More
When we got off the boat in Kona, Alex was there promoting his 4 1/2 hour, $50, Kaua'i island tour the next day. I thought it was a scam and did not sign up. But the next day, when we got off the boat at 9:00 am in Kaua'i, there was Alex, just as promised. We joined his tour on the spot and had a great time. We visited Rainbow Falls, Waimea Canyon, Spouting Horn and a coffee plantation. We were a group of twenty in a clean, comfortable, stand-up van. Alex drove and narrated throughout. A lot of this was self-promotion, but it was interesting background as well. He seemed to know his stuff. All the stops were worth it, (especially the stunning Waimea Canyon). This was a very good tour at a very fair price. I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Amazing scenery.
Amazing scenery. Well run trip.
Amazing scenery. Well run trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We booked a shore excursion that went to Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River and Fern Grotto.
We booked a shore excursion that went to Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River and Fern Grotto. Pity we were brought to only one canyon overlook, though.
We booked a shore excursion that went to Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River and Fern Grotto. Pity we were brought to only one canyon overlook, though. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Alex actually flew to Kona the day before and booked us on this excursion which covered the Waimea ...
Alex actually flew to Kona the day before and booked us on this excursion which covered the Waimea Canyon as well as some other hot touristy spots. The tour guide was very information and personable. We also were taken to a "blow ... Read More
Alex actually flew to Kona the day before and booked us on this excursion which covered the Waimea Canyon as well as some other hot touristy spots. The tour guide was very information and personable. We also were taken to a "blow hole" as well as some beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took NCL's "Journey to Waimea Canyon" tour.
We took NCL's "Journey to Waimea Canyon" tour. it was 5 hours and most of it is in a tour bus. we mad one rest stop at a country store where souvenirs, snacks and clean rest rooms are available. USE THEM! There are public ... Read More
We took NCL's "Journey to Waimea Canyon" tour. it was 5 hours and most of it is in a tour bus. we mad one rest stop at a country store where souvenirs, snacks and clean rest rooms are available. USE THEM! There are public rest rooms at the canyon but they are miserable. We were warned that they would be nasty, and they are correct. our guide was Leonard and he talked the entire time; cracking lame jokes, but also giving a lot of background history and information about the islands. The price wasn't bad considering what we got. It would have cost as much money to rent a car and we wouldn't have been able to enjoy the scenery or gotten the back story on what we passed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Same bad weather day!!
Same bad weather day!! Delayed getting there as we waited for chainsaws to clear away a fallen tree across the road, Lots of fog when we got there. Our driver/guide , a older native Hawaiian, was excellent - in sunshine I suspect this is ... Read More
Same bad weather day!! Delayed getting there as we waited for chainsaws to clear away a fallen tree across the road, Lots of fog when we got there. Our driver/guide , a older native Hawaiian, was excellent - in sunshine I suspect this is an excellent tour for a large group. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Waimea canyon was as spectacular as expected but enjoyed our driver's very informative commentary ...
Waimea canyon was as spectacular as expected but enjoyed our driver's very informative commentary there and back and the visit to the Kauai coffee plantation.
Waimea canyon was as spectacular as expected but enjoyed our driver's very informative commentary there and back and the visit to the Kauai coffee plantation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
excellent 3 hour tour of the blow hole and waimea canyon; bus driver/narrator excellent and ...
excellent 3 hour tour of the blow hole and waimea canyon; bus driver/narrator excellent and knowledgable; and easy and visually entertaining tour
excellent 3 hour tour of the blow hole and waimea canyon; bus driver/narrator excellent and knowledgable; and easy and visually entertaining tour Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice attraction to visit.
Nice attraction to visit. Tour does not spend enough time at the main attraction. Guide had too much knowledge to share. Ask to skip the last stop Spouting Horn.
Nice attraction to visit. Tour does not spend enough time at the main attraction. Guide had too much knowledge to share. Ask to skip the last stop Spouting Horn. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour.
Excellent tour. If you get motion sickness, not the bus for you.
Excellent tour. If you get motion sickness, not the bus for you. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Waimea Canyon was beautiful, worth the time
Waimea Canyon was beautiful, worth the time
Waimea Canyon was beautiful, worth the time Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very pretty saw a few things, it seemed to be short than expected, had a very good river, I guess i ...
Very pretty saw a few things, it seemed to be short than expected, had a very good river, I guess i just expected more from it.
Very pretty saw a few things, it seemed to be short than expected, had a very good river, I guess i just expected more from it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Breathtaking scenery.
Breathtaking scenery. Bus driver was very good and gave interesting commentary.
Breathtaking scenery. Bus driver was very good and gave interesting commentary. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
All these and more were packed together as one all day trip.
All these and more were packed together as one all day trip. It was awesome. We got to see the 2 blow holes, shop and the time allotted to each item was perfect, weather fantastic, sights wonderful and incredible. A great tour guide,who ... Read More
All these and more were packed together as one all day trip. It was awesome. We got to see the 2 blow holes, shop and the time allotted to each item was perfect, weather fantastic, sights wonderful and incredible. A great tour guide,who was also the (female) bus driver, with a superb sense of humor. The boat ride was good with music and dance, the rain forest with fern grotto at the end was worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were so glad we booked this tour.
We were so glad we booked this tour. Last time we were there our hiking tour was cancelled and there wasn't anything else. This port isn't easy to do without an excursion so we were stuck in a small area by a beach and hotel. It ... Read More
We were so glad we booked this tour. Last time we were there our hiking tour was cancelled and there wasn't anything else. This port isn't easy to do without an excursion so we were stuck in a small area by a beach and hotel. It was raining quite hard so if we did not have the tour we would have gone back on the ship. Again, this was booked so we would get to see as much of the island as possible during our time there. The Canyon was beautiful and the river ride to the fern grotto was enjoyable with entertainment on the boat. Some people had their excursions cancelled the night before because of weather. Thankfully this one worked and the weather cleared up later in the morning so we enjoyed the day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The canyon trip was wonderful.
The canyon trip was wonderful. Beautiful area.
The canyon trip was wonderful. Beautiful area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had a lovely drive to Waimea Canyon, drove past little towns, we went to Spouting Horn, but it ...
We had a lovely drive to Waimea Canyon, drove past little towns, we went to Spouting Horn, but it wasn't spouting too much. I think island is where we saw a lot of free roaming wild chickens! We went on a river boat up the Wailua ... Read More
We had a lovely drive to Waimea Canyon, drove past little towns, we went to Spouting Horn, but it wasn't spouting too much. I think island is where we saw a lot of free roaming wild chickens! We went on a river boat up the Wailua River to see the Fern Grotto. Lovely day! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sunny on this side of the island.
Sunny on this side of the island. Stunning, Breathtaking Views of Waimea Canyon. Well worth visiting. Really nice.
Sunny on this side of the island. Stunning, Breathtaking Views of Waimea Canyon. Well worth visiting. Really nice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Driver Accent too strong to understand what was being conveyed, but scenery and trip was good.
Driver Accent too strong to understand what was being conveyed, but scenery and trip was good. Good for photographers to take pictures.
Driver Accent too strong to understand what was being conveyed, but scenery and trip was good. Good for photographers to take pictures. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
two hour bus ride each way with only thirty minutes at the top.
two hour bus ride each way with only thirty minutes at the top. driver went to tourist trap store for thirty minutes. probably gets kick back.
two hour bus ride each way with only thirty minutes at the top. driver went to tourist trap store for thirty minutes. probably gets kick back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Impressive canyon, but not very long.
Impressive canyon, but not very long.
Impressive canyon, but not very long. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises