4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:15 hours (approx.)

Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

Fly from Oahu to Kauai to explore the lush island's natural beauty, including Kauai’s famously scenic Waimea Canyon, nicknamed ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific.’ Along the way, see Old Koloa Town and Waimea, the town where Captain Cook landed in 1778. Ride by Poipu Beach to visit the blowhole at Spouting Horn then take a scenic cruise on Wailu River to see Opaekaa Falls and Fern Grotto. Round-trip flights, transportation with a professional driver-guide on Kauai and the Wailu River cruise are included.


  • Full-day tour of Kauai from Oahu by air
  • Visit stunning Waimea Canyon, aka Hawaii’s 'Grand Canyon'
  • Glimpse history at Russian Fort Elizabeth, Old Koloa Town and Waimea—Captain Cook's first landing site in Hawaii
  • Be amazed as the ocean blasts skyward through the Spouting Horn blowhole
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery on the Wailua River cruise and a stop with live Hawaiian music and hula dancers
  • Get great photo ops around Opaekaa Falls, Wailua Falls and Fern Grotto
  • Includes your choice of round-trip flight to Kauai’s Lihue Airport with optional hotel pickup and drop-off in Waikiki

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Escape the crowds of Oahu with a super-scenic and informative day trip to Hawaii's 'garden isle.' Kauai has some of the most breathtaking vistas in Hawaii -- and that's saying something!

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

Optional early morning pickup in Oahu takes you to the airport for your 45-minute flight to Kauai. Upon landing, your guide meets you in an air-conditioned van and you set off on your island adventure.

Visit majestic Waimea Canyon, the biggest canyon in the Pacific, measuring more than 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) deep, 14 miles long (22.5 kilometers) and one mile wide (1.6 kilometers). From the lookout, get breathtaking views of the canyon’s deep green valleys and rugged cliffs.

Continue by van to the coast where you see the 19th-century Russian Fort Elizabeth, the last remaining Russian fort in Hawaii. Nearby you find Waimea town, the spot where Captain Cook first landed in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778.

Driving past Poipu Beach, stop at Spouting Horn Park, an ocean blowhole where the sea surges through a hole in the rock shelf, blasting water up to 50 feet (15 meters) into the air. Stop near Poipu Beach at a friendly local restaurant where you can purchase lunch, then follow the road through Old Koloa Town, where Hawaii’s first large sugarcane plantation started in 1834.

Further along the highway, Mount Ha’upu is said to sport a likeness of Queen Victoria’s profile on the mountainside. Whether you see the queen or not, you can be assured that the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, was spotted in nearby Nawiliwili Harbor when filming his 1961 hit movie Blue Hawaii.

Your Kauai adventure wraps up on the east side of Kauai with a cruise along the Wailua River. As you glide down the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) river to Fern Grotto, your guide points out gorgeous Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls. Disembark at the Fern Grotto landing where musicians perform songs of ancient Hawaii, accompanied by hula dancers. A short walk through lush rain forest takes you to the fern-covered grotto.

Throughout the day, your guide shares informative and entertaining commentary about the sights and history of Kauai. At the end of the tour, you are returned to the airport for your flight back to Oahu.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The bus driver was hilarious and brought us all together. Wondered if we really had to be at the airport 2 hours ahead of time for a 7:30 a.m. flight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour well worth the travel. Excellent way to see Kauai. The Island was beautiful! I highly recommend the tour. Our tour guide Vinnie was fantastic and very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Trip was everything that it was advertised as. Every tour guide we had was friendly and helpful in every respect. I highly recommend Viator and will use them again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Totally enjoyed this adventure!!! A number 1 tour guide Lias Cate....beautiful island...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was an outstanding trip. A perfect way to see Kauai. We will go back to Kauai and stay longer next time. The Island was beautiful! I highly recommend the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

An excellent day out which would have been even better if we had not had to wait over 2 hours each way for our flights. To be dropped at the airport at 5pm for a 7.26pm flight was such a waste of time. The tour guide was excellent and our group size (9 people) made it very personal. Not sure how good it would have been with a very large tour group. All in all a good day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

everything about the trip was wonderful including our tour buus driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Unbelievable views, fantastic guide and commentary

United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

This was a great day trip. Early start, but very professionally operated. Everything was great, from the driver to the flights and the incredible things we saw on Kauai. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

The day trip to Kauai went very well. We were picked up from our hotel in Waikiki, met at the airport. The flight was good, we were picked up at the airport in Kauai by the guide whose name was Marvin. Marvin was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable. We had a lovely day and a very good lunch at a golf club, which was not expensive. We saw all the sights. We thorougly enjoyed our day trip to Kauai.
From USD $ 421.99

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 2360K1


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message