With its striking natural beauty, Kauai has long been a destination for Hollywood filmmakers intent on capturing the island’s unspoiled terrain. See famous locations for Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, and more!
- Duration: Full day
- Availability: Daily
- Time: 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WAIMEA CANYON & FERN GROTTO TOUR
Ready to embark on a rugged adventure to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific? We’ve packed your itinerary with colorful vistas and Insta-worthy destinations – yes, you’ll want to bring your camera or phone. You’ll begin with a drive past the uncanny likeness of Britain’s very own Queen Victoria seemingly etched on the Haupu Mountain range before being transported through a tunnel of 500 sweet eucalyptus trees towering more than 100 feet. After a leisurely drive through quaint Koloa Town, head to the Spouting Horn – one of the island’s most photographed spots where ocean water erupts through underground lava tubes.
Your final destination: the 3,600-foot deep Waimea Canyon. Formed by erosion caused by the Waimea River, the canyon is a grandiose array of red, brown and green hues, complimented by sparkling waterfalls and frequently visited by breathtaking rainbows. Take in the view at the Opaekaa Falls Lookout and venture into the Fern Grotto, a lush tropical rainforest once reserved for Hawaiian alii (royalty). The tour ends with the Wailua River, where you’ll take a break from the road and relax on a cruise surrounded by jungle landscapes.
DID YOU KNOW?
The word “Waimea” is Hawaiian for “reddish water,” a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil. But Waimea Canyon’s visually stunning geology is due to the unique combination of steady erosion and a catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauai. This collapse formed a depression, which then filled with lava flows and led to the creation of cliff walls on the east side of the canyon. Over time, the exposed basalt has weathered from its original black to today’s bright red. Waimea Canyon today has numerous hiking trails and was named the third best place to visit in Hawaii by touropia.com.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“We did this one-day tour and absolutely loved it. The bus driver/tour guide was entertaining and informative. Worth every penny. The places they took us were beautiful, the scenery in Kauai is stunning, so much green everywhere. Would definitely book other tours with Roberts Hawaii as we had great experiences with them on our visit to Hawai‘i.”
– Visitor, Australia (Trip Advisor)
“This is a very nice tour, lots to see all in one day. We really enjoyed the boat ride up the Wailua River and the short walk to the Fern Grotto. Lunch at the Plantation Cottages in Waimea town was very good.” – Visitor, Iowa (Trip Advisor)
“I went to see Waimea Canyon today with Roberts Hawaii. It was truly wonderful and fun. My guide was perfect and she knew everything about the island! What a sweet lady!! I highly recommend this tour!” – Visitor, Alaska (Trip Advisor)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS (* denotes stops made)
- Hanapepe Valley Lookout* –A picturesque view of the historical tropical valley that was once a Hawaiian taro farming community with some of the patches still being farmed today.
- Queen Victoria’s Profile –A large, naturally formed cliff-face resembling the facial profile of Britain’s Queen Victoria.
- Tunnel of Trees –A beautiful canopy of 500 Eucalyptus trees that were planted more than a century ago. Today, they tower more than 100 feet and make a natural gateway to the town of Koloa.
- Koloa Town –Old plantation stores make up much of this old town, creating a hallmark of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days.
- Spouting Horn* –One of the most popular natural attractions on Kauai, where the ocean water sprays several stories high into the air.
- Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park –Home to the last Russian fort in the Hawaiian Islands, built in 1817.
- Captain Cook’s Landing –The initial landing site of British discoverer Captain James Cook, the first European explorer to establish western contact with the Hawaiian Islands.
- Waimea Canyon* –Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano.
- Holo Holo Ku Heiau –A sacrificial stone foundation believed to have been used for human sacrifice in ancient Hawaii.
- Opaekaa Falls Lookout* –“Opaekaa” means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream. The most accessible waterfall on the island, this is also a star-studded filming spot where movies like Donovan’s Reef, Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN, and Seven Women from Hell were filmed.
- Fern Grotto* –A natural lava-rock grotto covered with hanging ferns and tropical foliage.
- Wailua River Boat Cruise* –Float down a freshwater river while being enchanted by songs and stories of ancient Hawaii.
- Important Information
- Tour departs first pick-up location at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m.
- We stop at Paradise Garden instead if Fern Grotto is closed for repair work.
- Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.
- Lunch will be available for purchase.
- ADA Requests
- The Wailua Boat Cruise is not ADA accessible
- If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking.
- If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service.
- We make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
- Cancellation Terms
Reservations may be canceled free of charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour service for a full refund. No-shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.