The Waimea Canyon- South and West Side 5-Hour Tour

Convenient for limited time vacationers

Privately guided by a local expert

Perfect for cruise ship passengers

Why you can't miss this

If you’re wondering what to do in Kauai, this tour should be on your list! It’s perfect for cruise ship passengers with limited shore time or island tourists with only half a day, and we’ll see a lot in 5 hours! We will go directly to the Waimea Canyon and stop at the best lookouts for the perfect photo opportunities. The beauty of my tours is that we go places the big tour buses can’t go! I know all the hidden Kauai secrets…


Visit some of the most spectacular "don’t miss" places in Hawaii: Waimea Canyon, Kalalau Valley and beyond

Enjoy more time, more photos, more fun and more memories of the Waimea Canyon than any other tour on land!

Stunning Kauai waterfalls, like the beautiful Waipo’o Falls

Learn about life on Kauai and the advantages and drawbacks of being the most remote group of islands in the world

Want to know more about Niihau, the mysterious Hawaiian “forbidden island”? Join me to find out...

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Trip Details

The tour breakdown


$235 single, $150 per pass ($25 state park fee included)

Departure time

7:30am, 8am or 9am from Poipu area

Meeting point

Cruise ship passengers: I will pick you up in the reserved “pre-arranged tours” parking next to the ship. I have a special permit for this convenience

Kauai guests: pre-arranged pick up locations in Kapaa or Lihue area (confirmed upon booking)

*35$ pick-up fee from Princeville and Poipu area


Any pre-approved day—just ask!


9am until 2pm

Group size

Min 1, max 4


A stop at the Wailua Falls and then up to the Waimea Canyon, coffee plantation, Menehune Ponds, Spouting Horn and more!

Not included

Snacks & drinks, but we can stop for coffee on the way!

What to bring

Camera, snacks, water, light jacket, cash, light walking shoes, sandals (optional comfort), curiosity…


1 x local expert and friendly guide—Uncle Doug

Good to know

No long walks/hikes. There are non-stair options for the lookout spots—just let me know if you need to use them. If weather happens I’ll do my best to follow the sun and have some fun!

What you'll see

Looking for one of the safest privately guided tours on Kauai? If you want to learn about Kauai then join me, Doug, the Kauai Tour Guy today and experience one of the most unique things to do in Kauai. This private guided tour is perfect for cruise ship passengers with limited time or the visitor with only half a day in the area. I will share my extraordinary local knowledge and stories and answer any questions you may have while you take in the stunning sights of this beautiful Hawaiian island.

We’ll take my big, comfortable and safe Toyota 4Runner and go places where other big tour buses can’t! I guarantee the tour will be fun and informative, and you’ll walk away with memories that you’ll never forget. We’ll always make time to stop and take some pictures along the way of things like Kauai’s stunning waterfalls, rainbows stretching across the gorges into the sky or even Paniolo on his mule!
I’m a fountain of information when it comes to Kauai—take advantage of it!

Some unmissable sights on the tour (weather and time permitting):

  • The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” – Waimea Canyon
  • The incredible Kalalau Valley
  • Waipo’o Falls and its stunning scenery
  • The ancient Menehune Fishpond
  • The famous Kalalau Lookout

Have I mentioned we’re gonna have fun? Life is too short for me to have started this tour business at the ripe age of 65 without the opportunity to enjoy myself. I want you to feel like your uncle or old high school buddy is taking you on your tour of a lifetime. That’s how I roll. I have friends and couches waiting for me all over the world, and I want you to become a part of our friends list!

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