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Private Spectacular Waimea Canyon And Southside Landmarks

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Take a scenic drive down a tree-lined tunnel, capture epic views of the Hanapepe Valley and Waimea Canyon and more on this private tour in Kauai.

Travel to the Pacific's "Grand Canyon" of Waimea Canyon to see panoramic views of the valley while enjoying a scenic drive that passes the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge and more when you embark on this exciting private tour in Kauai. With so many natural beauties to explore and breathtaking views to see, it's the ideal excursion for nature lovers and budding photographers alike! Your tour includes an expert guide and private transfer that takes you along the scenic routes of the Tree Tunnel, Hanapepe Swinging Bridge ad two epic lookouts to enjoy spectacular views of the Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe Valley. You'll even get to see water blast nearly 50 feet into the air with a stop at the iconic Spouting Horn blowhole.

Begin your private excursion by meeting your guide at the Kauai pier in Nawiliwili Harbor and then taking a scenic drive on Kauai's west coast through Waimea Canyon--the Pacific's version of the Grand Canyon. This picturesque route leads you to the Hanapepe Lookout, where you'll get to take in the breathtaking views of the lush, green terrain of Hanapepe Valley, that attracted Steven Spielberg to film part of Jurassic Park at this very location. Next, travel to the center of Hanapepe to view the historic Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, a suspension bridge, built at the turn of the 20th century that enabled locals to cross the nearly nine feet-wide Hanapepe River.

Continue your tour to the iconic Waimea Canyon lookout, where you'll get unobstructed views of the Waimea Canyon that's spectacular and camera-ready for the perfect Insta-worthy photos. Next, head to the Spouting Horn blowhole, where you'll get to hear the hissing sounds of this popular attraction that releases water as high as 50 feet into the air from the powerful waves that channel via a natural lava tube. Legend has it that the hissing sounds you hear and powerful spew of water from this epic blowhole are from the breath of a giant mythical lizard that once guarded the coastline and now lays trapped in the natural lava tube. Conclude your tour with a scenic drive through the Eucalyptus tree-lined highway of Tree Tunnel before returning to the pier at Nawiliwili Harbor.

With all the natural attractions and breathtaking views of some of Kauai's scenic sites, this private excursion combines a scenic look at the island and cultural experience for an unforgettable time on Hawaii's oldest island. Come along for a scenic ride through Kauai's west coast and book this epic private tour today!

About Shore Excursions Group
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ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$129.00 USD
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Private
 
Group Size
Private
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
6 Hours
 
Activity Level
Easy
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Bottled water. Food and additional beverages available for purchase.
 
Special Instructions
We recommend comfortable, casual clothing and walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
 
Restrictions
The tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair; however, guests must be able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have a companion to assist them. Lap children are free.