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

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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  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

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



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!

Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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Tdksterling | June 2022
This app made our trip to Kauai AMAZING!! The back stories were fascinating and the directions were pretty easy to follow. We downloaded all four tours and we didn’t do everything on any of them but we did 80% of each one. We found amazing beaches, went on some stunning hikes and we loved stopping and eating local food. My husband has been to Kauai two other times and he said saw and learned more on this trip than the other two combined. I highly recommend it..just do the activities that work for you, your timeline, and what you want from it…after all, it is your vacation! Enjoy!

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