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Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Lihue, United States
Private Waimea Canyon Tour

From $280.00

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icon7 to 8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the best of Kauai on a full-day private tour through the island’s scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe; see the last Russian outpost on Hawaii, follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo’o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf and watch for sea turtles in a sheltered cove before finishing your tour with a visit to stunning Wailua Falls. *Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
  • Private Kauai tour of Waimea Canyon from Lihue
  • Visit Menehune Fishpond and the Kauai Coffee Company plantation
  • Enjoy scenic stops at Kalalau Lookout, Poipu Beach Resort and Spouting Horn
  • Get great photo ops of Waipo'o Falls and Wailua Falls
  • Learn about Kauai's cultural history and enjoy personalized attention from a private guide
  • Includes bottled water, juice and minivan transport
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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)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Walmart , 3-3300 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766, USA

Walmart parking lot closest to the main road

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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.For guests staying in Princeville, Hanalei, Anahola, Kilauea, Kalaheo and Waimea our meeting location is Walmart in Lihue town.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Kauai Island Shuttle
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Waimea Canyon Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Waimea Canyon Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Waimea Canyon Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Waimea Canyon Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Waimea Canyon Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Waimea Canyon Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Waimea Canyon Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Waimea Canyon Tour.

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  • "If you really want to see this beautiful island and get to know it , don’t hesitate." See review
  • "Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money and do this tour!" See review
  • "This tour provides access to sites that you might otherwise miss or not think to visit." See review

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star-5
Waimea Canyon tour with John.
Philip_p
, May 2022
John was a superb guide from start to finish. Would highly recommend him. He was extremely knowledgeable and picked all the right points for photography opportunities. Even his choice of lunch venue was spot on. We had a brilliant day out.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Mahalo Philip and Nicole for your wonderful review! It was my pleasure showing you the best of Kauai and I am very happy you had a great experience. Aloha:) Jon A.
star-5
A great overview of the island
Joyce_J
, May 2022
The many views from waterfall, canyon, monk seal, sea turtles and blow hole were unforgettable. John's knowledge of history, plants and aquatic life were informative and interesting. With his 40 years on the island he shared some great insight and tips about island eateries and shops.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much Joyce for your lovely review! We were happy to share the best of Kauai with you and Peter. Best wishes & Aloha:)
star-5
We would highly recommend this tour!
Bettye_B
, Apr 2022
John was very knowledgeable and very nice. We saw a large variety of different things and places. It was a great tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Mahalo for your kind words Bettye! We are happy you enjoyed our adventure and hope to see you back on Kauai very soon. Best wishes and Aloha:)
star-5
Traveling with 3 kids and still exceeded our expectations
Brooke_K
, Apr 2022
This tour exceeded our expectations. When traveling with 3 young kids, things can turn south quickly. But John came prepared with snacks, picture books and plenty of patience. We were able to see everything on our list, as well as several local spots that we didn’t even know we wanted to see, but are sure glad we made it. The lunch recommendations were spot on and Johns flexibility to adjust as the kids got hungry or tired was amazing. And the stories he shared of Kaua’i history and local customs was just icing on the cake. Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Mahalo Brooke and Aaron for your awesome review! It was a real pleasure having your Ohana (family) on board. Our tours are fun for all ages:) With warm Aloha & Best wishes!
star-5
A Little Bit Of Heaven
Ruth_J
, Mar 2022
Our wonderful trip included seeing monk seals and giant sea turtles besides the breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon. Thank you for such a fantastic experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Mahalo Ruth for your wonderful review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Kauai experience with us. It's always a treat to see Hawaiian Monk Seals on our tours. Aloha & Best wishes :)
star-5
THIS is the tour you want!
Robert_H
, Mar 2022
A truly private tour, just my wife, me, and our driver, John. We had airport pick-up & dropoff and filled the day with beautiful and interesting sites (even a Hawaiian monk seal sleeping on the beach). Great value and a great time. Thanks, John!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much Robert for sharing your experience! We are so glad you were able to fly over from Oahu to explore the Garden Island and enjoyed our tour. Mahalo & Aloha:)
star-5
Worth every minute
Robert_S
, Feb 2022
A perfect day. Tour guide, John, very personable, felt right at home. Vehicle clean, easy in/out at many interesting stops. Guide shares an abundance of knowledge on many aspects of island, plants, animals, people and history. This tour is of south shore of Kaua'i and continues to the road's end in Waimea, west side island, with views of Napali coast from the landward side. Many excellent photo stops.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Mahalo Robert and Susie for your wonderful review! I really enjoyed what was an absolutely perfect day for a tour. Looking forward to showing you the other side of the island next! ALOHA:) John
star-5
Best way to see Kauai
christine_c
, Jan 2022
The falls were so amazing. John’s knowledge of the area was wonderful. This truly was the Grand Canyon of Hawaii!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Mahalo Christine for your great review! It was a true pleasure sharing the best of Kauai with your group:) Wishing you many more fun & safe travels!
star-5
Private is the way to go!
Christina_W
, Jan 2022
Private is right - it was my husband, me, and our John (our tour guide, driver, historian, and personal photographer). A magnificent way to discover the island. Bravo!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Mahalo Christina for your fantastic review! We are very happy you and Drake enjoyed exploring Kauai with us:) Wishing you many more fun & safe travels!
star-5
Great tour-- highly recommend
Joseph_K
, Dec 2021
My family of 5 decided to take this tour for a day trip to Kauai from Oahu. The instructions of where to meet the guide was very clear, and the van was there even though our flight arrived early. The van was clean and well-stocked with plenty of water and snacks. Our guide was very knowledgeable; we saw everything on the schedule and then some! It was a beautiful day with great visibility, so the views of Waimea Canyon were spectacular-- more than I expected. I thought this tour was a good value, my family enjoyed it, and I highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Many thanks for the great review Joseph! We are so glad your family enjoyed your day on Kauai with us. Wishing you many more safe and fun travels:) Aloha & Mahalo!
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star-5
Awesome Trip!
Chris_L
, Dec 2021
John was an amazing tour guide! We enjoyed the private tour format and he was very knowledgeable and made us feel right ant home. Can’t recommend this tour enough!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Mahalo for sharing your experience Chris! It was a pleasure having you and Stephanie on board. Happy Holidays & Aloha!
star-5
Destination: To Waimea Canyon and Beyond
Lisa_H
, Nov 2021
John is a knowledgeable, attentive, and affable tour guide. Aside from the main attractions, John took time to ensure that our group saw what we wanted to see and spent time where we wanted to spend it. John is also a teacher. As we drove from place to place, he shared the history and culture of Kauai, talked about the flora and fauna, and shared the fascinating story of the island of Niihau, which was an added bonus. One stop was at a jewelry shop where John showed us and talked about the Niihau shell leis—as a jewelry lover, this was a real treat. We were also fortunate to see an Hawaiian monk seal, an endangered species. John’s deep appreciation of the places we visited and of Hawaii in general was evident in his descriptions. His approach was to take as much time as we needed to experience everything listed in the tour. There are plenty of photo ops. This is a private tour and we felt our group greatly benefited from the personal attention. Get ready for a full, highly rewarding day and excellent introduction to The Garden Isle.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Mahalo Lisa for your fantastic review! It was a true pleasure to show your group the best of Kauai and introduce you to the unique Hawaiian Art - Niihau Shell Leis. Wishing you many more fun & safe travels!
star-5
Wonderful Toir
Vickie_M
, Nov 2021
This tour was the highlight of my trip to Hawaii. Elena was the VERY BEST tour guide. She showed us so many sights and told us the history of this beautiful island. She took us to local shopping sites and a great restaurant for lunch. I highly recommend this tour and can only hope you get Elena as your guide.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Mahalo Vickie for your kind words and great review! I am so happy you and Belinda enjoyed you day on Kauai with me! With warm Aloha & Best wishes
star-5
The tour was excellent! Tour guide was also excellent!
Janice_H
, Oct 2021
The canyon and waterfall were beautiful. The coffee plantation was very interesting. Elena was very flexible in showing us things that interested us.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Many thanks Janice for the great review! It was my pleasure sharing the best of Kauai with you and Len. Happy Anniversary & Aloha!
star-5
Best way to see Kauai and Waimea Canyon
Julie_D
, Oct 2021
First let me say that we always look for a private tour so we don’t have to drive. Most guides have a general route, but will also cater to your wishes. Elena did not disappoint. Her knowledge of the history as well as the floral and fauna was remarkable. It was the best tour we’ve been on. We went at our own pace and saw so much. Our favorites were Waimea Canyon, the Spouting Horn and the Kauai Coffee Plantation. We loved every minute from the pick up at our condo door to the great lunch at the Chicken in a Barrel. We passed going to the shopping areas. We can shop another time. We wanted to see the sights and beauty of Kauai and we did
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Mahalo Julie for your wonderful review! It's always a treat to see rainbows and Hawaiian Monk Seals on our tours. Enjoy your NaPali sunset cruise today! Warmest Aloha & Best Wishes :)
star-5
Great day trip. John is Wonderful guide. Saw much more of the area than we expected. Nice surprises along the way.
Marty_H
, Oct 2021
John was very knowledgeable about Kauai and knew all the great places to see and how to get the best pictures…… We batted 1000 for great shots of canyon, valley, falls, blow hole turtles, etc. Visiting the coffee plantation was a special treat for me to see how it is grown, harvested,, and roasted to cup. Also visited a couple of quaint local towns. This is a great tour which he customized to include some of our specific interests. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Mahalo for sharing your experience Marty! It was a pleasure to host you and Shannon on our tour. Warmest Aloha & Best Wishes!
star-4
Wonderful Tour Albeit a Little Pricey
Michael_C
, Sep 2021
John was our host. He was a very pleasant gentleman and was very knowledgeable about things he was showing us. We loved hearing about some of Kauai’s history and the genealogy of its early ancestors. He knew a great deal about the island’s land history and the commerce that has come and gone over time. I loved Waimea Canyon and the awe-inspiring views from the different vantage points John showed us. Kauai coffee company was a treat as well. We saw two munk seals in poipu as well as several sea turtles. The spouting horn was on full display and did not disappoint. My only complaint is this: the cost of the tour. I would have paid an easy $300 without complaint. But $540 was way too much for this tour. If the tour company wants to charge like it is a premium experience, then make it a premium experience. It was a very nice tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. But I felt over charged for what I ultimately received.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Mahalo for your review Michael! We are glad you enjoyed our tour. Our current rates reflect a recent increase in parking and entree fees for tour companies to the Waimea Canyon State Park. Thanks for understanding.
star-5
Waimea Tour
susan_a
, Sep 2021
Elaina we awesome! The very best tour so far! Elaina took us everywhere and we very knowledgeable. This tour is five star and worth every penny
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Mahalo for the kind words and great review Susan and Larry! I am so happy you enjoyed our Labor Day tour. Have fun golfing! With warm Aloha and Best wishes, Elena
star-5
Beautiful Kauai
Elizabeth_T
, Jun 2021
Amazing!!!! Breathtaking views. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. We had as much time as we wanted at every stop, never felt rushed. Highly recommend this tour when visiting Kauai.
star-5
Great way to see everything on Kauai
Kay_H
, May 2021
Fantastic tour! John tailored it to us. He made a quick stop at Kauai Chocolates and a bakery for Malasadas. So patient and kind. Knew every answer to every question we had. It was a great tour and day!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Aloha Kay, Nancy and Lindsi, Thank you for your great review and kind words! It was my pleasure taking you to see our beautiful island. Kauai certainly is a great place to visit! Mahalo nui, John A.

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