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)
• Check out ‘Opeaka’a Waterfall
• Visit the Fern Grotto at Smith's Tropical Paradise
• Take a stroll at Kehua Arboretum
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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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In Hawaiian the word malama means “to take care” and the word aina means “land.” When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you practice this and pick up your trash; respect the marine life, plants, and animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources for generations by respecting the aina when you visit.
Tickets for Smith’s Family Fern Grotto Boat Ride, an optional side trip along the tour route, are $30 for adults and $15 for children.
We recommend starting the tour before 9am. We know it’s early, but this will give you plenty of time to get to the Hindu Monastery before it closes at noon.
If you’re going to do at least one of the hikes on the tour, you should budget about 6 hours. You’ll need more time if you’re going to beach hop or do multiple hikes! If you wanted to do EVERYTHING on the tour - snorkeling, hiking, and visiting the Hindu Monastery - we recommend you plan to spend about 10 hours on the tour. But don’t worry if you don’t get to it all in one day. The tour never expires! Just come back another day.
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!
Sleeping Giant Hike
Smith's Tropical Paradise
Kauai Hindu Monastery
Lydgate State Park
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.
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.
No, this tour can only be done in a clockwise loop.
It's your vacation - what you see and do is up to you. You choose where to stop on the tour and how long to stay.
Every tour stop, story and song has been carefully curated so you can make the most of your vacation.
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