Kauai is also called the Garden Isle, and for good reason -- its green landscapes are formed from tropical jungles and lush mountain ranges. On the Wailua Valley and Waterfalls Tour you’ll uncover the history of Hawaii’s oldest island at historic sites, hiking trails and waterfalls.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Hike Sleeping Giant Trail
•⁠ Check out Wailua Waterfall
•⁠ Snorkel at Lydgate Beach Park
•⁠ Meditate at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery (closes at noon)
•⁠ Visit ‘Opeaka’a Waterfall
•⁠ Visit the Fern Grotto at Smith's Tropical Paradise
•⁠ Hike Kehua Arboretum

Recommended Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Lihue and Kapa’a
Direction: Loop, ending where you began

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  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • 3.Konohiki

    Konohiki Seafoods

  • 14.Lydgate_2

    Lydgate State Park

  • 24.Hauola_1

    Rising Sun Heiau and Hauola Heiau

  • 22.holoholoku

    Holoholoku Heiau

  • 23.birthstone

    Birthing Stones

  • 16.Poliahu_Heiau

    Poliahu Heiau

  • Opaeka'a Falls

    Opaeka'a Falls

  • Kauai Hindu Monastery

    Kauai Hindu Monastery

  • 7.Kuilau_Trail

    Kuilau Ridge Trail

  • 6.Keahua_arboretum

    Keahua Arboretum Trail

  • 5.Sleeping_Giant_West

    Sleeping Giant West Hike

  • 8.hoopii falls

    Ho'opi'i Waterfall Hike

  • Kapa’a Town

    Kapa’a Town

  • Mo'ikeha Railroad Bridges

    Mo'ikeha Railroad Bridges

  • Kapa’a Stone Lantern, Kapa’a

    Japanese Lantern

  • Hee Fat General Store

    Hee Fat Building

  • 2.pono_1

    Pono Market

  • 5.sleeping giant view

    Views of Sleeping Giant

  • Wailua Falls



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

The tour begins in Lihue or Kapa’a and is completed in a clockwise loop ending where you began. Most of the tour is spent exploring the rainforest area of Wailua valley.

Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!

  • Kapa’a Town 

  • Wailua Waterfall

  • ‘Opeaka’a Waterfall

  • Sleeping Giant Hike

  • Smith's Tropical Paradise

  • Kauai Hindu Monastery

  • Lydgate State Park

For help planning your day check our Wailua Valley and Waterfalls suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)


How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s Wailua Valley & Waterfalls Tour 
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack
  • $10 for adults; $5 for children: Entrance to Smith’s Tropical Farm
  • The Hindu Monastery is free to enter, but donations are accepted

Can I join the Reverse Road to Hana tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in a clockwise loop. 

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

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Absolutely loved it!

Boilerdevil | May 2022
Truly, having Shaka guide made our entire trip! We used it to explore and know what options there were for things to do. We had friends vacationing just a week before us and they didn’t use the app but more traditional means of digging around to figure out what was worth seeing or doing… they ended up doing almost all the same stuff but without any of the interesting and fun commentary or additional gems for where to stop for the best views and such. We are excited for our next trip to use Shaka guide for our tour again!

Everyone in family enjoyed it.

dallyhb2 | May 2022
I thought it would be corny, but not at all. Very interesting hearing the background and history, as well as telling us where to find the best parking. My 2 young adults, who were not excited about going, really liked it and asked to do the rainforest self driving tour also. However, we missed part of that tour due to a closed road which caused us to go back the same way we came before reaching Punchbowl. We used google to get to Chinatown, but missed hearing those stories and where to go in Chinatown. But even with that, We loved the lookout and the North Shore day trip was one of our family’s favorite things that we did.

Randy Siders | May 2022
A great way to see the Island. It's like having your own knowledgeable guide riding shotgun.

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