Waimea Canyon / South Side Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, First Time Visitor, Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. I am a school teacher with a lot of experience with kids and I enjoy having children on my tours.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Japanese (advanced)

6 to 7 hour adventure, Waimea Canyon, Kalalau Valley

We will hit every spot on the way that just can't be missed. Highlights of this tour includes the Menehune Fish Pond, the Kauai Coffee Plantation, Waimea Canyon, the Kalalau Valley Lookout, Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach and Wailua Falls. Listen to some historical tales about the island, take photos at all the best spots, and take some walks in some of the most beautiful natural places on the planet. Stop at a market or restaurant of your choice for lunch or picnic. Change the itinerary anyway you like. Customize your tour to include an activity should you choose. Cooler and cold water are provided.


This tour starts by heading directly to the Waimea Canyon on the west side. On the way there, we will stop to stretch our legs and take a look at the Hanapepe Valley overlook. Passing the old Russian Fort and the statue of Captain Cook in Waimea Town, we will begin our ascent into the canyon. We will stop at about 1800 feet for our first view, stop at a miniature waterfall for pictures, take a short walk on a nature trail with native Hawaiian plants where you can stand at the very edge of the canyon, and then on to the main canyon viewing area. From there we will head to the top stopping to see the Waipo'o Falls on the way. At the very top we will view two different vantage points of the Kalalau Valley from 4700 feet down to the ocean. On the way back down I will tell a historical tale about Kalalau and we will stop in Waimea Town for lunch. Then to the south side for Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach (monk seals) and a walk to see the Makauwahi Sinkhole cave in Mahaulepu State Park. Tour ends with Wailua Falls.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: For those arriving by cruise ship we will meet just outside the harbor at the Kauai Athletic Center parking lot. For those who are staying on island I will pick you up from your hotel, condo or rental. At present, I do not do airport pick up, however, I can meet anywhere close to it should you take taxi/bus/walk. Closest location would be the Kauai County Courthouse area across the street.

End location: Anywhere including ship port and airport

Duration: 7 hours


2011 VW Routan van with AC, up to 5 passengers (6 if one or more passengers are children), back windows roll down

What’s Included

Happy and friendly driver/tour guide, historical tales of old Kauai, Japanese lesson, Toyota van with cold AC, ice cold bottled water, cooler, Hawaiian music, ukulele, large map of Kauai, and some Kauai books.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - $20 for lunch

What’s Extra

Money for anything that one would like to purchase during the course of the tour (snacks, souvenirs, etc).

A Recent Review of this tour

The most memorable TBL Tour ever! Noah met us exactly as planned and took us on an adventure which suited us all (grandparents, parents, children) for viewing and learning about beautiful Waimea Canyon. He took the most awesome photos of us with dramatic scenery as backdrop; regaled us with ukulele playing; intrigued us with myths, and local lore; and, invited us in to "his" Hawaii. We all enjoyed it immensely and hated to see the day end. Thank you, Noah, for a most memorable day!
Joan L.

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