Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii, US
Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto
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Approximately 8 Hours
Take in some of Kauai's most legendary sights and sounds by river and road. This active full-day excursion with lunch combines geological wonders, lush vegetation, small towns and even showcases Hawaiian music and dance.
Board an air conditioned motor coach for the approximately two-hour drive to Waimea Canyon. You pass through Lihue, the island's main town, and the small towns of Oma'o, Kalaheo and Hanapepe en route to Waimea. From here, head inland, driving up the canyon to its rim. Stand in awe before the beauty that is spread out before you. You'll soon learn why Mark Twain dubbed this natural wonder 'the Grand Canyon of the Pacific'. View the canyon from a lookout 3,400 feet above its floor and admire how the dramatic red and brown volcanic slopes contrast with the lush green vegetation. Back on the road again, you'll sightsee to many of the island's must-see attractions.
At Spouting Horn blowhole, hear the timeless Hawaiian legend about an angry lizard goddess called Kaikapu. Imprisoned in a submerged lava tube by a resourceful fisherman, the loud sound made by the blowhole is said to be her angry roar.
A delightful buffet lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Continue with a drive through Koloa -- home of flower farms and sugarcane fields. A stop at Opaekaa Falls allows you to capture memorable photographs of this dramatic 40-foot waterfall framed by the Makaleha Mountains and a restored Hawaiian village. Your next adventure is a riverboat cruise up the famed Wailua River, known for the Fern Grotto. This trip is ideal for those who want to learn more about Hawaiian music and the traditional hula dance. If romance is your thing, you'll love the live performance of the Hawaiian Wedding Song.
On your way back to the ship, reflect on some of the intriguing places you have experienced.