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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
•⁠ 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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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • kauai coffee front

    Kauai Coffee

  • Russian Fort Elizabeth

    Russian Fort

  • Waimea Bay, Kauai

    Waimea Town

  • First Viewpoint - Waimea Canyon

    First Viewpoint

  • Red Dirt Waterfall, Kauai

    Red Dirt Waterfall

  • Iliau Nature Loop

    Iliau Nature Loop

  • Waimea Canyon Lookout

    Waimea Canyon Lookout

  • Waipo'o Waterfalls

    Waipo'o Waterfall - Pu'u Ka Pele

  • Pu'u Hinahina Viewpoint

    Pu'u Hinahina Viewpoint

  • Waimea Canyon State Park

    Canyon Trail / Cliff View

  • 10 kokee lodge 1

    Koke'e Lodge & Museum

  • 18 kalalau view

    Kalalau Lookout

  • 13 pihea 3

    Pu'u O Kila Lookout & Pihea Trail

  • Jojo's Shave Ice

    Jojo's Shave Ice

  • Menehune Ditch, Kikiaola

    Menehune Ditch and Swinging Bridge

  • Waimea Town & Captain Cook Statue Kaumualii_Hwy

    Waimea Town & Captain Cook Statue

  • 8 Hanapepe sign

    Hanapepe Town

  • Lapperts14

    Lappert’s Hawaii

  • 8 pepe bridge sign

    Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Video

WAIMEA AND NA PALI DRIVING TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

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 and here's everything you need to know before you go

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. 

  • $14.99: 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 Waimea and Na Pali Driving 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 one direction.

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.

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B. Whittenbury | May 2022
We had no idea there was this much about the island we didn't know. if you love learning new things, you'll love this guide.
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Shaka Guide

Responded | May 2022
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Excellent Tour of Kauai

shrimp62 | May 2022
We’re so very happy that we toured Kauai using this app! The tour took us to off the beaten path beaches, vistas and hikes. The app was easy to use and we looked forward to the history and tips on spots to check out. We went where your buses could not go. Will use the app again when we return to visit Maui.
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Dan Powell | May 2022
Maui and Big Island Guides worked well on Ipad. Had difficulty with Kauai app on Android. Only worked going backwards on the route. Ignored all the markers going forward. Poipu and Waimea routes acted the same way. Didn't seem to understand which way we were going.
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Shaka Guide

Responded | May 2022
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