During our stay on the Pride of America we caught the ship’s tour offer to see Waimea Canyon. A.K.A. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
The canyon is 3000ft deep.
Fun fact #1: The King forbade killing the cows that first arrived in 1793. 7 years later there were 25,000 wild cows roaming the islands.
Duration & Prices
The bus ride took about 1 hour from the port, and there were a few stops along the away.
Total duration: 5 hours
The price per adult was: $80.00 USD
The Kauai Coffee Plantation
You can taste free samples of their incredibly large variety of coffees.
This location was used in a Jurassic Park film. We saw a lot of helicopters flying over. Apparently with other booking companies you can catch a pretty awesome helicopter ride which takes you over the Manawaiopuna Fall.
Spouting Horn Blowhole
It can reach up to 50ft high.
Fun Fact #2: Due to having no predators. Wild chicken population is about 700,000. That is 10x more chickens than there are people!
They say if you boil a Kauai chicken with a stone, eat the stone (it will be softer)
There are 45 miles of hiking trails throughout the canyon and on this tour you will do none of them. The bus stopped at the main look out for only 20 minutes.
If you are not a hiker and just want to have a day on the bus with a few nice stops, this is good.
But if you are like us, and want to explore further, the restrictions of a tour is not for you.
You will be time restricted because of the ship’s departure. But if it’s possible to hire a rental car, in hindsight that would of been the way to go.
Find out more in the video below: