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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
"TOUR DESCRIPTION: Explore some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots which will demonstrate why this island is known as “The Garden Isle.” During your all-day tour the lush vegetation covering all altitudes will surround you from towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3500-foot cliffs to waterfalls crashing down deep valleys and fern-covered grottos. Many dramatic ocean views will also delight you as you explore almost the entire island.HIGHLIGHTS: Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range o 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa. Koloa Town - Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days. Spouting Horn - One of the most photographed was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. Coco Palms Grove - Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii. Holo Holo Ku Heaiu - (sa
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon Tour
"HIGHLIGHTS: Spouting Horn* -  One of the most photographed spots on Kauai with ocean water spraying like a geyser up to 50 feet in the air. Waimea Canyon*  - Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. The rich colors of the red soil and the lush greenery are a spectacular site to see. Hanapepe Valley Lookout*  - A picturesque view of the lush tropical valley that was once was home to the island’s last sugar plantation and today is the backyard to high tech companies and small businesses. Russian Fort Elizabeth - The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Islands. Koloa Town - From some of the oldest buildings discover how this main port of entry was a favorite amongst the whaling fleet. """"Discover the natural beauty and experience one of the best views of the western coast of Kauai. This tour takes you right up to the rim of one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Hawaii – the Waimea Canyon also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Thousands of years of erosion have turned the canyon walls into a multi-hued canvas
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto
"Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of the British Queen Victoria Tunnel of Trees Over a century ago 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa Koloa Town Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days Spouting Horn* One of the most photographed spots The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Island Captain Cook’s Landing Where the first British discoverer Captain James cook first landed and discovered Hawaii Waimea Canyon* Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano Coco Palms Grove Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii Holo Holo Ku Heaiu* (sacred """Island hop from Oahu take a visit to some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots and discover why this island is Kauai is called “The Garden Isle.” On this full-day tour the lush vegetation and verdant tropical rainforest covering all altitudes will surround you. From the towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3
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Rental Cars Tips (17)

HERTZ Rental car

DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use HERTZ when you come here.
I am a 14 year GOLD CLUB member and have never been trated so badly anywhere as here.
Shuttle Bus was inoperative when we arrived at 1730 hrs,reservation was not put up and the desk people were so rude I wanted to slap them.
NOT a good image to portray!!!!

phantom1947
Oct 02, 2011

Transportation Tips for people with disabilities

Van Rentals: Kauai Center for Independent Living (KCIL): 808-245-4034 Lift Equipped Van Rentals with (must take driver): 50/hour per person or $100 per person up to 4 hours or $180 per person full day up to 8 hours.

Public Transportation: It costs $1.00 to ride The Kauai Bus from point to point. All buses are lift equipped on Kauai. Paratransit is available within 24 hours of notice M-F, call The Kauai Bus Transportation Agency to make bus arrangements and for bus schedule information.

Parking Placards: Visitors who have accessible parking placards from their respective states should bring them to Kauai. It can be difficult to get a temporary accessible parking placards once you are here. Bring your placard!

Portable Ramps: On Kauai there are no car rental agencies who have lift equipped vehicles. Gammie Home Care (8098-632-2333) (gammie.com)
rents portable ramps. Some people rent a van and use a portable ramp to access the back seat, in some vans the entire middle seat can be removed to accommodate people who use motorized wheelchairs. Ask if an entire seat can be removed when you are talking with the car rental agencies.

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spitball
Apr 04, 2011

Gas is expensive in Hawaii - here's the best place

If you need to gas up your rental vehicle in Kaua'i, the Shell gas station on the right side of Highway 56 traveling north from Lihue in Wailua almost always has the best prices. As of August, 2006, prices were holding steady at $3.50/gallon. Yikes!!! Refer to the website below for a great daily chart of best gas prices on the island.

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GlobalMatt
Apr 04, 2011

Rental Car A Must!

If you want to get the most out of your trip, you should rent transportation to get around the island. Depending on what you want to see, depends on what kind of transportation you should get. We have rented sedans, convertables, and 4wd's. Converatbles are wonderful for riding around the island, but if you would like to get off the beaten path, I would suggest a 4wd. And if you want the best of both worlds, rent a jeep :-)! If you book in advance before you arrive on the island you can usually catch a special rate. Check around before you commit. National is our favorite place to rent from.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Rent A Car

Unless you’re visiting the island on a cruise or an organized tour you are going to need to rent a car to get around. Kauai easy to navigate and small enough that with a car you will be able to easily see the entire island. I would recommend making a reservation for a car prior to arriving. If you make a reservation directly through one of the major rental car companies you can cancel, even the day of, without incurring a penalty. The rental car agencies are all directly across the street from baggage claim in the Lihue airport, making it easy if you want to try and “shop around” to get a better rate or finagle a free or discounted upgrade to a Jeep or convertible.

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Etoile2B
Jan 22, 2009

Get the Jeep!

Renting a car is an absolute must when visiting Kauai. There are taxis, but rumor is the prices are out of the roof, like many other things in Kauai. The ultimate tourist car is a Jeep -- when you are coming from a cold climate like Chicago, it was liberating to drive around with the top down, the wind blowing in your hair. The 4WD came in handy too, on the dirt roads. The alamo guy who convinced us to upgrade said it would make our trip, and it definitely did. We were much happier than we would have been had we gone with our original Chevy Aveo.

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ballerina11
Feb 27, 2008

Expensive Car Rentals

There is a bus system on the Island of Kauai, but it wasn't until probably the second day before I even saw one on the road. These bus' are not the usual, more like a cube van than your regular transit bus. If you really want to explore the hidden area's on your own time, I'd go with the car rental rather than transit. I never did see one of these bus' up in the Waimea Canyon, and that area is a must see, or should be tops on anyones list.
For two full weeks of rental on my Chrysler from: Dollar Rent a Car, out of Lahue airport, it cost me - $890.00. All the other lower priced rental companies where fresh out.

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spitball
Dec 29, 2007

Rent a car to get around

The best way to get around the island is to rent a car. I dont think I even saw a bus or a taxi ever so rent a car so you have the freedom to do what you want.
Renting a car though is not cheap. It is pretty expensive just like everything else on this island.
We rented a jeep for four days and it was $362. This also included a car seat. Gas is pricey also but it was around the same price we pay in Los Angeles.

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Dec 16, 2007
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Rental Car is a must

If you come to Kauai with a plan of just staying at a resort by the beach and not planning on going around the island at all, you don't need to rent a car. Most resorts have a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

But if you plan to see the whole island which I highly recommend, you need to rent a car. If you can and it fits your budget, try to get an SUV. If you do rent, make sure to reserve it as far in advance as you can especially during the holidays. It can get really expensive. When we were there we were lucky enough to reserve an SUV a month in advance for $68/day because when we got there, the daily rate went up to $199. Also, I suggest, you get the full coverage insurance. Apparently break-ins are very common in the island. As far as gasoline, there are a lot of gasoline stations around the island and the prices are not far from what we pay in the mainland.

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girladventure
Jul 05, 2007

Rent a Car

Renting a car is an absolute necessity!! You'll definitely want the freedom to be able to go explore the island. It's small, but there is quite a lot to see.
We rented a Jeep, and swear it's the only way to go. We were able to see a lot of beautiful places off the main roads that other cars just couldn't have made it out to (plus its convertible!). You're technically not supposed to take them off-roading, but I think that they kind of expect it....

mrandmrsdevlin
Jan 25, 2006

Rental Cars

Although there is limited bus service available on Kauai, you will need a rental car to take best advantage of the multitude of sightseeing opportunities. We put almost 500 miles on our car in six days, and still didn't have time to explore every road that beckoned us.

Kauai has a population of less than 60,000 people, and draws an average of about 80,000 visitors per month, so a very large percentage of automobiles you see on the road will be rentals. Several international rental companies have outlets at the Lihue airport. Expect prices for car rentals and for gasoline to be about 40% higher than those you will find on the U.S. mainland.

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Stephen-KarenConn
Nov 23, 2005

If you are questioning Renting A Car--I say...

If you are trying to decide on renting a car and can swing it within your budget..I say yes, do it!

We rented a convertible Mustang and drove all around the island, to different restaurants and many, many water falls. It gives you the convienance to travel as you please and check out the island from end to end. You can also stop and see the many water falls and discover your own 'off the beaten path' locales.

Tip #1: Bring a picnic lunch and stop under a shady tree to enjoy a few stolen moments.

Tip #2: Take this opportunity to stop at a supermarket and pick up sundrys, snacks, water etc. It will be much cheaper than your hotel sundry shop.

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Aug 10, 2004

Things to Do Near Kauai

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Waimea Canyon State Park

The grand Canyon of the south pacific .. lovely canyon. The island is fairly small we drove over to the canyon every day at different times to take a peak. It's lovely. We didn't do any real hiking...
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Na Pali Coast

Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is...
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Helicopters Tours

Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and...
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Waimea Canyon

Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet...
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Dry Cave/Wet Cave

As you keep driving up north the 560 highway you will notice many locals relaxing at the noumerous big or small beaches along the way. We prefered to stop at Ha’ena Beach Park(pics 1-2) that has many...
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Spouting Horn

This natural feature is on the south coast of the island not far from Poipu. It appears very much like a geyser, however the ocean is the source of the water. As waves reach the shore, they send water...
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