My father and I took the south side tour with Doug and had a wonderful time! Pace was good for us, my father being in his 70s. Doug’s ride was very clean and comfortable. He also knows great local spots for food breaks. Most importantly to me, not only is Doug extremely knowledgeable about where to go in Kauai, he overlays his tour with historical and cultural context that provides a deeper and richer experience. Our only regret was that we didn’t have another day to take Doug’s north side tour! Will be looking to do that on our next visit.
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The tour breakdown
$150 per person, children 11 and younger half price.
$235 for single traveler with discounts for the adults on 4 passenger bookings.
State Park car fee $25 plus $5 per person added at checkout.
One tour per day.
7:30, 8 or 9 am.
Princeville/Poipu areas require 9 am pick up and $35 fee.
One tour per day.
I will pick you up at your accommodation or cruise ship. There is only a pick up fee for Princeville/Poipu areas.
*35$ pick-up fee from Princeville and Poipu area
Any pre-approved day—just ask!
9am until 2pm
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!
We can stop for lunch at your request, time permitting. I know the fastest and best places depending on your preferences.
What to bring
Camera, cash, snacks, water, light jacket, 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! Weather cancellations for 100% refund are my call. There is only one tour per day so please make sure to check availability!
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!
The perfect tour for vacationers with limited time!
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…
Frequently Asked Questions
Use your favorite app but you need these three towns for a weather check: Princeville, 96722 for North Shore, Waimea, 96796 for West and Southside and Kapaa, 96746 for the Eastside. It can look totally blown out in Kapaa but the westside is sunny, go figure, but true. That is why the weather cancellation with 100% refund is my call.
Oftentimes it can be rainy on one side of Kauai and sunny on the other. I will be the one to determine if we must reschedule. This is where my 13 years of living here and driving a school bus from one end to the other come in very handy. If we have to cancel that day, I will give you another possible day or you can get a full refund. I know you have planned and looked forward to your day, as you should, and I don’t want to disappoint! And, perhaps most importantly, if you have booked a two day tour with the second day 30% off it is a hedge against losing a day of touring.
Both! It’s a King Solomon’s choice when it comes to the two sides of Kauai. Most people elect to see the Waimea Canyon but the North Shore has so much to offer as well. Don’t miss out and book the 10hr tour in 2 days which leaves your afternoons free, a backup date if rainy on one of your days, and secures you a tour date with the Kauai Tour Guy. Remember, the second day is 30% price!
Picking up in Poipu or Princeville, regardless of Hotel or accommodation, adds 2 hours to my driving time but does not take away from your tour time. That charge is $35. Due to the unique geography of Kauai the most effective way to tour Kauai is from Kapaa, where I live. We can make arrangements where you can leave your car in Kapaa if you prefer. That charge is $35 or you can meet me in Kapaa. I am happy to start and end your tour from wherever is most convenient for you.
There is no pick up charge for Lihue Airport or Nawiliwili Harbor for the cruise ships.
Only if you think he went above and beyond your expectations.
In America, tipping is a way of acknowledging a job well done. In general any person in a hotel, a cab/taxi/uber, airport, a dining table will be working for tips and they are greatly appreciated. I think of a tip like applause. You pay to go see a performance and your tip is the applause, and who doesn’t love a standing ovation? You can google appropriate tipping but for me a $20 tip per person, per day would be a suggested tip for me or any guide you use anywhere for a personally guided tour like I give,,, if you are so inclined. I think most people just don’t know how much to tip and then don’t and we don’t want that! Mahalo. I need money for Vegas! Hope this helps.
Yes! I will pick you and only your travel companions up from Hotel, Cruise Ship(Soon) or your local accommodation or pre-arranged location. My tours are private tours, only your party.
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...
Check out what our guests are saying
I am a Honolulu travel agent, looked on Yelp & Google for a private day tour (fly in & out on the same day) of Kauai for 2 women from Japan in their 80s. They selected one of Doug’s itineraries to tour the side with Waimea Canyon, THE perfect 5 hour, one day tour. His website has descriptive tour options, was easy to book & pay for the tour online. Doug promptly responded to several of my questions by email and text making me confident that he wasn’t a “flake”, my clients would be met at the airport upon their arrival & would be well taken care of. Doug was so kind to text me to say that he picked them up from the airport, they had gone to see the Waialua waterfall & all was well. My 2 ladies were extremely happy with their tour experience. They said that they had lots of laughs with Doug and that he knew where to take them for the best photo ops. Their favorite story was that they really had to use the restroom on the way to the canyon (it is a desolate drive there with no comfort stations along the way) & after some fast thinking, Doug took them to a hospital!
We signed up for the 4 hour trip to see Waimea Canyon. Doug was really knowledgeable about the whole island and knew the best places to get really good views and pictures. He also took us to a couple other sights of interest. We would highly recommend booking your sightseeing trip with Kauai Tour Guy.
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Travelling in a tourist bus is not for us, so having Doug show us around was a perfect day. He is knowledgable and gave us a lot of background about his island home. The Waimea Canyon was superb, and the rainbow eucalyptus an asked for special side trip. Thank you Doug for putting up with us. Five star day. Diane.
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Doug gave us a great tour! We aren’t “bus tour” people! We didn’t want the structure of that type of tour. I was worried that I wouldn’t see everything if we rented a car. This was the perfect solution. If you can hop over to the island for a day, this is the way to go. Doug showed us his favorite places, and they became ours. It was great. What a fun way to get around. I would recommend it highly.