Recent Searches
Clear
Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

star-5
2,613 Reviews
Waimea Canyon Drive, Waimea, 96796

The Basics

The canyon, within the purview of the free-to-access Waimea Canyon State Park, is best seen on a tour, which allows you to gaze over the cliff edges without having to also navigate a vehicle along the winding, canyon-hugging route. Take a 4WD tour on Kauai’s backroads and past popular attractions like quaint Koloa Town, the Spouting Horn blowhole, the artsy town of Hanapepe, and the old Russian Fort before skirting the canyon. Or follow the Wailua River—coupling boat or kayak rides to the jungle of Fern Grotto—with a journey west for comparatively dry river views. Most Waimea Canyon tours continue to Kauai’s northern coast, stopping at Kokee State Park and the Kalalau Overlook for sweeping views of the undulating Na Pali Coast.

Show all

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

star-5
What a magical places to visit!!!
Jaime_C, Sep 2021
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
This is our first time in this beautiful amazing island of Kauai! Our road trip to Waimea Canyon and Na’Pali Coast Driving Tour with Shaka App is truly a wonderful experience. It is highly recommended. Thanks!
star-5
BOOK IT!
Nikki_K, Sep 2021
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
We booked this excursion last minute and I’m so glad we did. Book it!! Our tour guides were Keonna and Ernesto. They did a great job and making us feel comfortable about the experience. I would recommend to see Waimea Canyon with this duo. They had fun facts, took great pictures for us and made us feel apart of the island. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is unfamiliar with the area and are looking for a fun experience with an adrenaline rush. You two were awesome!!
star-5
Amazing Private Tour!
Sylvia_M, Jul 2021
Kauai Private Tour : Waimea Canyon and Southside
Our private tour of Waimea Canyon and the Southside of Kauai was amazing! Our tour guide/driver Bobby made the tour memorable and extra special by making sure we got to see the best views and was very patient with us in making sure we captured these special moments on camera with his sophisticated photography skills! Bobby was a fun and very knowledgeable tour guide! Strongly recommend this private tour if you are in Kauai. Will not be disappointed!
star-5
It was the best!
Suzanne, Jun 2021
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
It was wonderful to see all of the views and a fun ride down the canyon! It was nice to have personal escorts for safety:)
star-5
Excellent adventure
BOB_C, Sep 2021
Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
It was great adventure. Ernesto was a wonderful guide with lots of information. He also took lots of photos for the group
star-5
Waimea Tour
susan_a, Sep 2021
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
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
star-5
Have done a great job on these tours!
Stephanie_M, Aug 2021
Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Driving Tour app
Very good highlights on the trip. Easy to maneuver around and park at the Canyon! Guide is very lively and interesting!
star-5
Best Tour Guide in Kauai
Cheryl_D, Aug 2021
Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
Wonderful day exploring all aspects of the Canyon unclose and personal. Noah is the best tour guide on the island. He even entertained us with ukulele tunes and many historical stories. a must do for Kauai!
star-5
Outstanding Guide Awesome Experience!
Phil_W, Aug 2021
Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
Noah is an outstanding guide who went out of his way to make this one of our most memorable experiences! He is very knowledgeable of Kauai, it’s sites and it’s history. We highly recommend him as your guide! We did Waimea and Southern shore. Must see!!
star-5
Great family friendly way to see the island!
Ashe-G, May 2021
Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
Noah was so much fun! Waimea Canyon was gorgeous and Noah kept the drive entertaining with stories and Hawaiian tales about the islands and kingdom. He modified the tour to allow us to explore the makauwahi cave trail and we saw giant tortoises munching grasses and native Hawaiian plants. Tacos in Waimea town and several stop to see breath taking views of the Napoli coast and Poipu Beach rounded out the day. Great intro to Kauai and lovely company to boot.
star-5
Beautiful Kauai
Elizabeth_T, Jun 2021
Private Waimea Canyon Tour
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
Fun and informative
Terry_O, Jun 2021
Kauai Private Tour : Waimea Canyon and Southside
Great tour, excellent very informative guide. He was great with kids and grandparents. We will use Bobby again for future tours.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waimea Canyon itself is dry and dusty, but the Na Pali Coast can be foggy and wet. Be prepared and dress in layers for whatever the weather may bring.

  • Although the canyon trails aren’t generally wheelchair accessible, the many lookout points are.

  • For experienced hikers, longer treks—including guided multi-day hut-to-hut hikes—are an option. Trail maps and additional information are available in the Kokee Museum and Visitor Center north of the canyon.

  • There are no gas stations and only one restaurant along Waimea Canyon Drive—a route that, depending on how many stops you make, could take all day. Choose a tour that includes lunch or snacks, or pack food.

Show all

How to Get There

Access Waimea Canyon along scenic, in-and-out Waimea Canyon Drive (Highway 550) in southwestern Kauai. There are several lookout points and trailheads along the route. You can access the road from coastal Highway 50 in the town of Waimea, or from farther west at Kekaha, via Kokee Road. On the return journey be sure to look for glimpses of distant Niihau, the Forbidden Island.

Show all

Trip ideas

Best Beaches on Kauai

Best Beaches on Kauai

How to Get Off the Beaten Path on Kauai

How to Get Off the Beaten Path on Kauai


When to Get There

It’s best to head to Waimea Canyon early in the day (before 10am) or in the late afternoon (after 3pm), when the fog that regularly rolls off the sea is less likely to obscure views along the route. Very early morning and at sunset, the canyon’s colors come alive and make for great photographs.

Show all

Stops Along the Waimea Canyon

There are dozens of pull-offs along Waimea Canyon Drive, but don’t miss sights like the Waimea Canyon Lookout at mile marker 10 or Waipio Falls, best seen from a small lookout around mile marker 13, opposite a picnic area with restrooms and water fountains. The Iliau Nature Loop is a flat and easy (though dusty) trail with signage on local birds and plants, as well as some great canyon views; look for it just before mile marker 9. The restaurant at Kokee State Park, north of the canyon, serves local-style meals—try the loco moco, a hearty Hawaiian dish of white rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy.

Show all