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Explore the island of Kauai on this full-day trip from Oahu. After your flight touches down on the 'Garden Isle', visit sites like Old Koloa Town and Waimea, where Captain Cook first came ashore. Visit the Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach, the old Russian Fort Elizabeth and the picturesque Waimea Canyon. Cruise down the Wailua River to see Opaekaa Falls and explore the Fern Grotto on foot, accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music and hula. Round-trip airfare,a local guide, and transportation on Kauai and 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!

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What You Can Expect

Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

If option selected, enjoy morning pickup at your Oahu hotel for the ride to the Honolulu airport. 

Board the 45-minute inter-island flight to Kauai, then disembark to meet your local guide and climb in your climate-controlled van.

Waimea Canyon is the first stop, a 3,600-foot (1,097-meter) crack in the earth that is, at 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) long, the Pacific's largest canyon. Stand on the lookout point for fantastic photo ops of verdant valleys and raw, rocky cliffs. 

Leaving the canyon, drive to the Hawaiian islands' last Russian outpost, Fort Elizabeth. Then visit Waimean town, where Captain Cook first made landing in 1778. 

After passing Poipu Beach, visit Spouting Horn Park, where an ocean blowhole shoots water 50 feet (15 meters) in the air. Stop for a traditional Hawaiian lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), then continue to Old Koloa Town, the home of Hawaii's first sugarcane plantation.

Heading down the highway towards the Wailua River, pass Mount Ha’upu and look for the likeness of Queen Victoria on its face. When you reach the river, board a boat and cruise 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) to Fern Grotto, passing Wailua Falls and Opaekaa Falls on the way. At the Fern Grotto landing, climb out and explore the area on foot. 
At the conclusion of your full-day adventure on Kauai, drive back to the airport for your return flight.

Customer Reviews

Donald E M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a very memorable tour with an ethnic Hawaiian guide who informed us about flora and fauna, Hawaiian history and native traditions. I had learned when I was 12 the motto of Hawaii and recalled it because of his running narrative.

Lori T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kauai was beautiful. Tour was excellent. Only regret was would have liked more than one day there.

Cathy R

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.

Edward G

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.

Douglas C

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.

marsha b

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.

Alan H

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.

William P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Unbelievable views, fantastic guide and commentary

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