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Excursion 8: Waimea Canyon & Spouting Horn
Tour Code: NAW-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/2 hours)

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Discover two of Kauai's most remarkable natural phenomena on this mostly panoramic tour: Waimea Canyon, which resembles a tropical Grand Canyon, and the powerful blowhole Spouting Horn.

Starting off from the pier, you'll commence a scenic 2-hour narrated drive west across the island toward Waimea Canyon, one of the true natural wonders of Kauai. En route, learn about the culture, history and legends of this beautiful "Garden Isle", so nicknamed for its lush tropical forests. Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea is a geological wonder more than 10 miles long and filled with crested buttes, rugged crags and deep gorges. Over the millennia, the Waimea River, which originates from Mt. Wailaleale, has carved the canyon out of volcanic rock.

Stopping at the Canyon's lookout point, you'll enjoy a panoramic view of Waimea Canyon and may even see the river winding through the reddish lava bed more than 3,500 feet below. Sometimes, it's a trickle; other times it's a torrent, but the water is always red from the constant erosion of the reddish soil. In fact, Waimea means "reddish water" in Hawaiian.

Re-boarding your coach, it's a picturesque 1-hour drive to Spouting Horn, another natural phenomenon resulting from Kauai's volcanic creation. The blowhole eerily groans like a horn as it spouts water more than 50 feet into the air. According to Hawaiian legend, the sound is caused by a giant lizard that got stuck in the opening while chasing a villager. As you'll see, the groan and spray are actually the result of ocean waves crashing under the shore's lava shelf and being forced out through a small opening.

Following your time at Spouting Horn, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests should be able to sit for extended periods in a coach seat. Casual, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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