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.
This excursion was so-so.
This excursion was so-so. The bus driver/tour guide seemed to be more interested in stopping at gift shops than the actual destination. When we got to the Canyon, I could tell that it's quite beautiful, but 75% of it was covered by ... Read More
This excursion was so-so. The bus driver/tour guide seemed to be more interested in stopping at gift shops than the actual destination. When we got to the Canyon, I could tell that it's quite beautiful, but 75% of it was covered by fog/vog. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wish that there was some way could have driven to the end of the Waimea Canyon road for overlook ...
Wish that there was some way could have driven to the end of the Waimea Canyon road for overlook with views of Na Pali Coast below, however coaches cannot travel the narrow roads. Views of the canyon with coloring of the rocks and ... Read More
Wish that there was some way could have driven to the end of the Waimea Canyon road for overlook with views of Na Pali Coast below, however coaches cannot travel the narrow roads. Views of the canyon with coloring of the rocks and vegetation are not to be missed. Our coach broke a tie rod, and we were very lucky to have make it up the steep grades and switch backs and back to lower levels, but our driver was very professional. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We really enjoyed seeing Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto.
We really enjoyed seeing Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto. However, it is a very long tour and we returned when it was dark and raining so we didn't get a chance to walk around any of the shops or eat in the area near the port. The tour ... Read More
We really enjoyed seeing Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto. However, it is a very long tour and we returned when it was dark and raining so we didn't get a chance to walk around any of the shops or eat in the area near the port. The tour guide wasn't the best but Kauai is absolutely beautiful and I would consider this to be the prettiest island. It was interesting seeing so many roosters and chickens running loose. We were still recovering from our waterfall hike from the previous day so we were happy that we didn't have anything too strenuous. The trip included a boat ride to fern grotto and it was beautiful. Plenty of photo opportunities on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Here we rented a car very easily.
Here we rented a car very easily. It was a beautiful island to drive. Stopped at a little place called the Shrimp Shack for lunch. Wonderful experience overall. See the Napali coast! I would come back.
Here we rented a car very easily. It was a beautiful island to drive. Stopped at a little place called the Shrimp Shack for lunch. Wonderful experience overall. See the Napali coast! I would come back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
great trip to see the canyon which is a tremendous experience - great driver and even though it was ...
great trip to see the canyon which is a tremendous experience - great driver and even though it was a long drive, it was still a great trip
great trip to see the canyon which is a tremendous experience - great driver and even though it was a long drive, it was still a great trip Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We actually did a brand new excursion called "Discover Kauai and Lu'au" We spent the day with a ...
We actually did a brand new excursion called "Discover Kauai and Lu'au" We spent the day with a small group on a bus with Darvin our driver! He was extremely knowledgeable! We saw Waimea Canyon, Poipu Beach, Lydgate State ... Read More
We actually did a brand new excursion called "Discover Kauai and Lu'au" We spent the day with a small group on a bus with Darvin our driver! He was extremely knowledgeable! We saw Waimea Canyon, Poipu Beach, Lydgate State Park, Opeakka falls and so much more. Darvin gave us a history lesson of everywhere we went! Pure enjoyment! The Lu'au was perfect...that is a whole lot of people to feed and transport back to the ship in a timely manor! NCL you do it right no matter what you have planned!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bus excursion to Waimea Canyon.
Bus excursion to Waimea Canyon. Once there, outstanding, beautiful views of the canyon with its many colors.
Bus excursion to Waimea Canyon. Once there, outstanding, beautiful views of the canyon with its many colors. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrible weather at the canyon so visibility was only 150 feet.
Terrible weather at the canyon so visibility was only 150 feet. Other than that the tour was good.
Terrible weather at the canyon so visibility was only 150 feet. Other than that the tour was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We actually went on the best of Kauai tour, which included Waimea Canyon and the Fern Grotto and a ...
We actually went on the best of Kauai tour, which included Waimea Canyon and the Fern Grotto and a cruise on the Wailua river. Given the choice I would probably just do the Waimea Canyon tour on its own. It is amazing.
We actually went on the best of Kauai tour, which included Waimea Canyon and the Fern Grotto and a cruise on the Wailua river. Given the choice I would probably just do the Waimea Canyon tour on its own. It is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Oh, so beautiful!
Oh, so beautiful! It's called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, and it's even more colorful than our amazing Grand Canyon of Arizona.
Oh, so beautiful! It's called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, and it's even more colorful than our amazing Grand Canyon of Arizona. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our driver had wonderful stories and narration to tell us on the way up to the canyon.
Our driver had wonderful stories and narration to tell us on the way up to the canyon. We also enjoyed the stops for coffee and the spouting horn on the way back. Very glad we booked this tour.
Our driver had wonderful stories and narration to tell us on the way up to the canyon. We also enjoyed the stops for coffee and the spouting horn on the way back. Very glad we booked this tour. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very good.
Very good.
Very good. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bus broke down but good tour.
Bus broke down but good tour.
Bus broke down but good tour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our guide was very entertaining.
Our guide was very entertaining. Made several small stops before the Canyon. This area is so beautiful. We had ample time to explore and even grab a snack. The drive is as beautiful. Made a stop at the blowholes.
Our guide was very entertaining. Made several small stops before the Canyon. This area is so beautiful. We had ample time to explore and even grab a snack. The drive is as beautiful. Made a stop at the blowholes. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour guide, great tour with beautiful sites.
Great tour guide, great tour with beautiful sites. My favorite of all the islands. Unforgettable experience. All the tour guides we had from Polynesian Tours were wonderful but this one was exceptional.
Great tour guide, great tour with beautiful sites. My favorite of all the islands. Unforgettable experience. All the tour guides we had from Polynesian Tours were wonderful but this one was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Informative and entertaining; excellent transportation and guide -- just the right pace; ...
Informative and entertaining; excellent transportation and guide -- just the right pace; appreciated the experience and would recommend it. The price was right!
Informative and entertaining; excellent transportation and guide -- just the right pace; appreciated the experience and would recommend it. The price was right! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour and great tour guide.
Excellent tour and great tour guide. Bus ride was a little long but several stops were made and the guide made it entertaining. Stops at Spouting Horn blowhole, craft market in park, a tourist shop in Hanepepe and Waimea Canyon lookout. ... Read More
Excellent tour and great tour guide. Bus ride was a little long but several stops were made and the guide made it entertaining. Stops at Spouting Horn blowhole, craft market in park, a tourist shop in Hanepepe and Waimea Canyon lookout. The canyon is spectacular - not as big as the Grand Canyon, but a lot greener! Although the tour guide was not a long-time native of the Islands, she was very knowledgeable about historical events and current statistics (and if she didn't know, she would make something up!) Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We stopped off at the first lookout which was our first look at the canyon.
We stopped off at the first lookout which was our first look at the canyon. Our bus broke down and waited for 30 minutes for our replacement but overall once we got to the Waimean Canyon it was breathtaking and beautiful waterfalls in ... Read More
We stopped off at the first lookout which was our first look at the canyon. Our bus broke down and waited for 30 minutes for our replacement but overall once we got to the Waimean Canyon it was breathtaking and beautiful waterfalls in areas. Walking track is easy with lots of people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We enjoyed a couples of hours driving in and around Kauai before arriving at Waimea Canyon.
We enjoyed a couples of hours driving in and around Kauai before arriving at Waimea Canyon. After a short walk to the Canyon, we enjoyed the massive view and found it very special. We stopped in an area of water spouts where we ... Read More
We enjoyed a couples of hours driving in and around Kauai before arriving at Waimea Canyon. After a short walk to the Canyon, we enjoyed the massive view and found it very special. We stopped in an area of water spouts where we witnessed this phenomenon of nature. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We loved the Waimea Canyon which is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii.
We loved the Waimea Canyon which is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. The red soil and lush green foliage were a beautiful contrast to the deep blue of the sky. The canyon was worth traveling the curvy road. Kauai is a beautiful island ... Read More
We loved the Waimea Canyon which is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. The red soil and lush green foliage were a beautiful contrast to the deep blue of the sky. The canyon was worth traveling the curvy road. Kauai is a beautiful island and this time our driver did not talk all the time and spoil the atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The canyon was beautiful.
The canyon was beautiful. Made a stop in a shop in Hanapepe on our way to the canyon. Many items for purchase that were Made in Hawaii. The scenery along the road to the canyon was great, many pictures. Unfortunately our tour guide ... Read More
The canyon was beautiful. Made a stop in a shop in Hanapepe on our way to the canyon. Many items for purchase that were Made in Hawaii. The scenery along the road to the canyon was great, many pictures. Unfortunately our tour guide "Uncle Willy" was very difficult to understand. So many of the things he mentioned we could not understand. He was a very nice man, but he had a very heavy accent that made it difficult to understand him. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The picked us up once again at the ship and took us to Waimea Canyon.
The picked us up once again at the ship and took us to Waimea Canyon. The boats were waiting for us and we enjoyed the short ride up the river. The boat docked and we took a short hike to a water fall and heard local music playing. We ... Read More
The picked us up once again at the ship and took us to Waimea Canyon. The boats were waiting for us and we enjoyed the short ride up the river. The boat docked and we took a short hike to a water fall and heard local music playing. We hiked back to the boat and were entertained with hula dancers on the boat who encouraged everyone to take part. Upon docking, the bust took us up to a nearby overlook. The river looked great but you really needed a big excursion boat in there to make for a good picture. It was too late in the day for that. We returned to the ship by dinner time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the best excursion we took on the trip.
This was the best excursion we took on the trip. Again I have to qualify things by saying I was physically limited so there were much more exciting excursions available. That being said, this was a beautiful trip. The canyon is so ... Read More
This was the best excursion we took on the trip. Again I have to qualify things by saying I was physically limited so there were much more exciting excursions available. That being said, this was a beautiful trip. The canyon is so different because it has trees and not just rocks. On the way, we stopped at a candy and jewelry store which was a nice bathroom break but otherwise, too long. But it did not detract from the canyon itself and we would go back again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This is the only “big bus” tour that I took.
This is the only “big bus” tour that I took. The format was okay, but the guide talked nonstop -- I tend to tune it out after a while. The day started out gray and misty, and unfortunately just got worse. We stopped to see the ... Read More
This is the only “big bus” tour that I took. The format was okay, but the guide talked nonstop -- I tend to tune it out after a while. The day started out gray and misty, and unfortunately just got worse. We stopped to see the Spouting Horn blowhole, which was pretty cool. We stopped at a large gift shop, for a combo restroom/coffee/shopping break. When we finally arrived at the canyon, the clouds and rain pretty much obliterated the view. I did take some nice atmospheric photos and shots of the close-up foliage but it was pretty much a wash. But I had taken the "Heaven and Earth Quest" on the previous day, so this day was more of a “bonus day,” and I was okay with it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
JOURNEY TO WAIMEA CANYON - Tour was very good and the tour guide was funny and gave lots of ...
JOURNEY TO WAIMEA CANYON - Tour was very good and the tour guide was funny and gave lots of information. I've been to the Grand Canyon so didn't come close to the description of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific but it was
JOURNEY TO WAIMEA CANYON - Tour was very good and the tour guide was funny and gave lots of information. I've been to the Grand Canyon so didn't come close to the description of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific but it was beautiful! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line