Kauai

WAIMEA AND NA PALI DRIVING TOUR

Description

Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast are two of the most scenic locations in all of Hawaii. This tour will guide you through the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” until you reach the Na Pali overlook to view landscapes hundreds of thousands of years in the making. Kauai’s rugged terrain will come to life as we share stories and legends along the way.

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

•⁠ Stop for local Kauai coffee
•⁠ Hike in Waimea Canyon
•⁠ Hike to Waipo’o Waterfall (difficult)
•⁠ Visit Koke'e Lodge & Museum
•⁠ Take in views of the Na Pali Coast (lookout & hike)
•⁠ Visits artsy town of Hanapepe & Swinging Bridge

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Past Lawai outside of Poipu
Direction: Clockwise loop, ending where you began

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Full-Day Tour (6-8 Hours) 69 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Best Hikes

  • Best Viewpoints

  • Koke'e Area

  • Short Detours

  • Waimea Town

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WAIMEA AND NA PALI DRIVING TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Download Tour over Wifi, before you go!

This is an important reminder to make sure you download the tour over Wifi before you start driving! Since everything works offline, the app downloads the audio content to your phone, and the size can range from 60mb - 120mb. Because of this it is ideal to download the tour over a Wifi network with good speed.

Otherwise you may have to wait for a long time for it to download. If you choose to download the tour using your Data, then you will need to make sure your speed is at least “LTE”.  Anything less like 3G speeds will create problems and long wait times downloading the tour.

So word to the wise: download over Wifi at your hotel or condo before starting your driving tour! You will be glad you did!

If you are having trouble getting the tours to download please email or call this support phone number: 1-888-250-2261, we will be glad to help!

How to play the audio through the car stereo?


The best way to make sure that everyone in the car can hear the tour nice and loud is to play the audio tour through the car stereo. Make sure one of these methods works before leaving the car rental lot. Rental Agents will willingly change your car if the car stereo does cannot play from your phone.

Depending on which rental car you have, this can be done in one of three ways:


1)  Audio Aux Jack

Many rental cars have an audio auxiliary jack. This slot in the cars looks just like something you would plug your headphones into. But in order to play your phone’s audio through the car speaker you need an auxiliary jack with two male ends: one plugs into your phone, the other plugs into the car. You can adjust volume from both the car radio and the phone’s volume.

If you do not have an audio aux jack, try the following methods.


2)  USB Cable

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you are able to sync your phone’s audio through a USB cable, that is also charging your phone at the same time. You can usually find a USB plug somewhere near the driver’s seat. The most likely place to find it is in the middle glove compartment, on the car dash or near the audio control panel.

  1. Connect the USB to car stereo

  2. From car stereo, select “media player” or find the name of your device.

  3. Look for signs of connectivity through the display on your car dash.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

- USB still not playing audio?

Try some of the following, testing the audio after each attempt

  • Restart your device and restart your car.

  • Connect your device to a different stereo USB port (if you have one).

  • Try a different USB cable.

  • Update your device firmware.

  • Try playing audio from a different app to see if any audio will play.

If still not working then try the other methods.

NOTE: Playing audio through the USB cable in many types of older rental cars tends to not work for reasons related to a damaged USB port or car’s stereo firmware.


3)  Bluetooth

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you can sync your phone’s audio through a bluetooth connection. Here are the steps:

  1. First go to your phone’s bluetooth and turn it on.

  2. Then in your rental car, use your car’s dash (often the radio) to activate bluetooth connection of the car.

  3. When you see your phone, select it to complete the bluetooth connection.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

If you run into problems with your rental car, it’s best to refer to the car’s user manual or ask a car rental representative to help you. Every car make and model handles bluetooth differently, and not every rental car has bluetooth.

Bluetooth still not working?  

Try some of the following to troubleshoot:

  • Restart your device

  • Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned to ON (check your settings)

  • Unpair both your device and car stereo from each other, restart your car, and then try to pair and connect your device again.

NOTE: In some older rental cars bluetooth appears to be connected but still doesn't play audio. Again, likely something not working with the car's bluetooth system. Try other methods.


Still can’t get audio to play through the car stereo?

Just use your device’s built in speakers and turn the volume up as loud as you can. This may require disconnecting your USB cable from the Car Stereo.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

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

Where does the tour go?

The tour begins just past Lawai outside of Poipu and travels clockwise ending at Kalalau Lookout. Don’t worry, we will guide you back to Poipu the same way you came with stories and music along the way. 


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

  • Kauai Coffee
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Iliau Nature Loop
  • Waimea Canyon Lookout
  • Canyon Trail 
  • Waipo'o Waterfall View and Hike (hike needs advance preparation -- see itinerary below)
  • Pihea Trail 
  • Koke'e Lodge & Museum
  • Kalalau Lookout 
  • Waimea Town
  • Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

For help planning your day check out our Waimea Canyon and Na Pali suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app!

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Raincoat or umbrella, this side of the island can be wet and muddy
  • 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. 

  • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s Waimea Canyon & Na Pali Tour 
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack
  • $5.00: Parking at Waimea Canyon (credit cards are accepted)

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. 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 one direction.

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Cool app replaces expensive tours.

ppage100 | June 2020
If you’ve got a car (and USB charger for your phone), all you need is this app. We rode through the Volcano national park with this app pointing out all the cool things automatically along the way via GPS (no data needed!). It allowed us to take our time and stop places we wanted to or skip those we didn’t. Didn’t have to suffer from expensive tours and other tourists in a group. Definitely a must-have…wish there were more downloads for these apps, but I know they are coming soon. Great idea!

Very Useful

Jtraminbrla | June 2020
Very good app. Made our trip to Hawaii easier to plan. Wish we found it earlier. Well worth a few bucks!!

Awesome!!!

Tawzie0902 | June 2020
We loved using this guide!! Directions were easy to follow and stories were informative and fun!!! We also used the ones for Kauai and they were just as good. We had to use a guidebook and companions app for the rest of the big island and it wasn't nearly as good. Highly recommended!! Thank you!!!
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