Wailua Valley & Waterfalls Audio Driving Tour: Discover Hawaiian Temples and Tropical Waterfalls
4.5
15 Ratings
Lihue
Embark on a captivating audio driving tour of Wailua Valley & Waterfalls in Hawaii. Discover ancient temples, tropical waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the rich Hawaiian culture. Download the tour offline, save time, and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace!
Duration: 2 days
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights

Wailua Valley & Waterfalls Audio Driving Tour

Sleeping Giant Trail - Be amazed by the sweeping views of the coast and Kapaa town

Keahua Arboretum - Find both native and introduced plant species at the Keahua Arboretum

Kuilau Ridge Trail - See a wide variety of plants and trees that will take your breath away!

Ho’opi’i Falls - Visit Hoopii Falls- one of the great spots that were used as a filming location in Jurassic Park

Smith’s Tropical Paradise - Experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Kauai and the Wailua River Valley.

Kauai’s Hindu Monastery - Check out one of the holiest of religious sites in the Hindu tradition which some call the most beautiful place on Kauai.

Lydgate State Park - Visit a really cool place for kids both young and old alike!

Poliahu Heiau - Drop by one of Kaua’i’s most legendary structures located just across the road from beautiful Opaeka’a Falls!

Opaeka‘a Falls - How would you like to see a 151–foot waterfall that flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago?

Kauaʻi Museum - Visit Kauai Museum and learn from exhibits on the history of the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaii

Kilohana Plantation Estate - Explore train rides through orchards, forests & farmland on a 105-acre plantation estate

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum - Discover Kauai’’s sugar cane heritage at Grove Farm Homestead & Museum!

Hikinaakala Heiau - Visit what was once a sacred place used to welcome the sun next to the mouth of the Wailua River on the Pacific Ocean.

Holoholoku Heiau - Check out one of the oldest heiaus in Kauai with a very interesting origin and history!

Pohaku-ho’ohanau and Pohaku Piko - Explore an ancient and sacred Hawaiian site which was so important that all of Kauai’s kings were born here.

Ono Ono Shave Ice - Taste huge, tasty Hawaiian shave ice treats with lots of flavors & combos to choose from!”

Pono Market - Super deli for take out of all kinds of local fare, from several kinds of poki, the freshest seaweed salad, kalua pork and lau laus.

Konohiki Seafoods - The go-to place for some of the best seafood you will ever have on the island!

Menehune Food Mart - Find everything you and your family will need to enjoy your Shaka Guide adventure along with a few surprises at the Menehune Food Mart!

Wailua River State Park - Wander through the lush Wailua River Valley and the Wailua River, or take the option to go on boat tours to see the rain forest.

Day 2

Sleeping Giant Trail - Download the app for more info!

What's Included
  • 4-6 hours of GPS and audio content
  • Offline map of the whole tour
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Location-triggered audio
  • Dozens of fascinating area stories
  • Self-guided exploration freedom
  • Ideal vacation itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Overcrowded group tour
  • Overpriced bus tickets
Additional Information

Experience the mystery of the jungle forests and cascading waterfalls, all while immersing yourself in the riches of Hawaiian tradition! This sightseeing journey propels you back to ancient times as it takes you to three time-honored Hawaiian temples and grants you the opportunity to marvel at three waterfalls while venturing on three trails. A blend of thrill and knowledge! The tour includes precise directions as well as tips on what to look for and where to wander. You’ll also hear riveting stories and myths that bring the spectacular landscape alive!

With more than 6,000 enthusiastic reviews and over 200,000 downloads, this is rated as the best GPS-powered tour app for Hawaii.

Why it’s a must-have:

✅ There’s no need for network coverage, as you can pre-download the tours and use them offline

✅ It is significantly more affordable than a tour bus, with lifetime access priced at just $19.99

✅ Say goodbye to the stress of planning your trip; we’ve got the top spots sorted

✅ Enjoy the freedom to continue or pause your journey as you desire, unlike bus tours where you are restricted to a fixed route (not exciting!)

✅ Listen to exciting and engaging narratives along the route (and maybe even chuckle at some light-hearted jokes)

Location
Lihue
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Amy_c
May 10, 2023
Best tour ever! - This was one of the most enjoyable tours I've ever been on. The culture stories, both ancient culture and current cultural practices. The lighthearted jokes and stories were great too. For the money this was an AMAZING DAY!!
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Elizabeth_d
Mar 9, 2023
Super fun! - This was really fun! We were a family of 8 traveling and my husband drove us. It was so fun! There are also hikes, you don’t have to do those right away, you can do them another day. Beautiful site seeing!!!
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Denise_b
Apr 18, 2022
Only way to explore the island - We were going to explore the island on our own but the Shaka Kauai app showed up in my Facebook and I was curious and downloaded and was thrilled to find that we would have our own private guided tour. Loved the fact that we were not limited to what a tour company would want us to see and were allowed to go where we wanted and to stay as long as we wanted. Would recommend to everyone!!
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Debbie
Mar 26, 2022
Great app! - Super easy to use. Great way to do self guided tour. Only wish it was carplay compatible. Will definitely use for the other islands!
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John_d
Oct 21, 2021
Great Value - This audio tour is fantastic. It is totally linked to your GPS so the commentary is synced with the each highlight. The narrator has interesting historical and cultural facts that make the tour valuable. He has a light touch on the narration that keeps it fun. Well worth the money and the half day it takes to complete. Even if you don't do the hikes (broken foot) you will get much out of this tour.
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Mikeforney
Mar 14, 2020
OMG this is amazing! - This is one of four tours on a downloadable app. the whole package is $22 or so, and we were able to download all four on both of our I-Phones just in case. The app played beautifully through the Blue Tooth connection in our rental car. Keyed into our phone’s GPS, the directions for turns, stops and myriad local sites was absolutely spot on. If you backtrack the app resets. The narrative is very well done with a touch of humor and loads of local knowledge. Unlike the recorded narratives in museums and elsewhere, there are no buttons to push. The information arrives when you do. There is also a detailed map shown on your phone which gives you visual directions as well (which was handy when there was a silence gap between sites or turns). Frankly, this app is way underpriced for it’s value to someone touring Kauai by car. Great use of technology, Bra!
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Chimayred
Feb 14, 2020
Fantastic. Made our trip - It’s a GPS driven app with stops, history, sights, restaurants food trucks turn by turn and is excellent. We used it on three islands. This is the best of the digital world and internet. I wish I knew of other apps like it in other countries.
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Moosegrille
Dec 9, 2019
Great concept - I wished I downloaded in the hotel before beginning the journey so I could get familiarized with how it works. Don’t forget to bring your recharger cable for your device!
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Anthony_r
Feb 21, 2023
Worth it if you don't know the area - Mostly good info, a couple technical issues, mostly user issues, just doesn't tell you you're going the wrong way if you make a wrong turn. Tells you to turn here after you've passed the turn.
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Work-to-travelmi
Sep 17, 2023
This was a waste of money - The concept is really great so we downloaded it and we had my son-in-law use it to direct us. It worked well until we arrived in Kapaa. The tour is designed to originate from Lihue or Kapaa. There is a blue and a red version. Once we arrived in Kapaa the 2 versions kept interfering and gave conflicting instructions so we eventually abandoned the use of this app and followed the descriptive map and our car’s navigation system to find the waterfalls, temple ruins, and arboretum on our own.
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