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Kauai Day Trips from Oahu

By Viator, December 2017

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Though visible from Oahu’s western shores, lush Kauai feels like it’s a world away. The Garden Isle’s gravity-defying Na Pali Coast, excellent snorkeling, surfer towns, and rainforest interior are well worth a day away from urban Honolulu. Here’s what you need to know about full-day Kauai tours from Oahu.
 
Highlights
  • Easily accessible from Oahu, Kauai is an ideal choice for a day trip or weekend break from the bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki.
  • Choose between interisland tours by plane and minibus, or helicopter tours that swoop in close to Kauai’s dramatic scenery. Some helicopter tours also include land-based portions. 
  • All Kauai tours include round-trip airfare between Honolulu and Lihue.
  • Tours offer varied itineraries. All visit Kauai’s scenic Na Pali Coast and offer chances to gaze 3,000 feet (914 meters) down into Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Some visit sites such as quaint Old Koloa Town, Waimea (Captain Cook’s first landing site in Hawaii), the quirky Old Russian Fort, Spouting Horn blowhole, picturesque Hanalei Bay on the island’s North Shore, Opaeka‘a Falls, the Fern Grotto along the Wailua River, and the frenzy of seabird activity in the cliffs topped by Kilauea Lighthouse.
  • Movie-themed tours take visitors to filming locations seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Soul Surfer, and Six Days, Seven Nights.
 
Things to Know
  • Flights are the only way to travel between Oahu and Kauai. The flight from Honolulu to Lihue is about 45 minutes.
  • Day trips depart in the early morning and last about 15 hours; most tours include lots of scenic driving. Plan for a long day.
  • Kauai’s interior is home to one of the rainiest spots on earth, and weather can vary from one part of the island to the next. Wear layers and bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and raingear.
  • Take time to understand what each tour includes so you’re sure to choose the one that visits the sights you’re most interested in seeing.

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Kauai Small-Group Helicopter and Land Combo Tour, Oahu, null
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Kauai Small-Group Helicopter and Land Combo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Fly from Ohahu to Lihue, Kauai and enjoy a guided small-group tour of Kauai by land and helicopter. The land portion of your combination tour covers Kauai's ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $685.28
Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

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.’ ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $486.65
Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto, Oahu, Day Trips
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $445.00
Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: The Movie Tour, Oahu, Day Trips
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: The Movie Tour

Kauai is a place that sets the imagination soaring. Her extraordinary beauty and charm have been immortalized in dozens of Hollywood films and television shows ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $460.00

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