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Honolulu to Kauai Day Trips: Island Hopping Waimea Canyon & Wailua River Tour


Sightseeing tours of Waimea Canyon Kauai, Hawaii

Go Hawaii island hopping and fly from Oahu to Kauai to explore Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," and take a Wailua River Cruise to the famous Fern Grotto. Visit Opaekaa Falls, Hanapepe Valley and other Kauai attractions!

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These tours from Oahu to Kauai represent some of the best Hawaii island hopping packages available to the Garden Isle. With great restaurants, luxury hotels and lots of modern convenience, Honolulu is a great place to set up a base for your vacation, but Kauai has points of interest that are completely unique and make a day trip from Kauai to Oahu more than worth the effort. These Kauai excursions allow you to experience a Waimea Canyon tour through an impossibly steep landscape of carved gorges rimmed with green and a Wailua River cruise, winding up Hawaii's only navigable river to a mysterious wall of living brush known as Fern Grotto. Your Kauai sightseeing journey will also bring you Hanapepe Valley, one of Jurassic Park's Hawaii film locations, as well as Opaekaa Falls and other top Kauai attractions.
Please Note: Prices are subject to change due to overage fees. If any overage fees should arise after the time of booking, you will be given the choice to either cancel or proceed with your booking.

Pro Tip: Bring a rain coat, poncho or umbrella. Kauai is well-known for its lush, tropical environments, which you're sure to enjoy on this tour, but the reason plant life grows so abundantly is because Kauai is also one of the wettest places on earth.

For other tips and suggestions check out our FAQ section below. You may also want to read Oahu to Kauai inter-island tour reviews to hear what other customers have to say about this experience.
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Day Trip from Oahu to Kauai
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
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Youth (Age 3-11)
USD 465.19
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Child (Age 2)
USD 361.97
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 486.65
USD 486.65
Youth (Age 3-11)
USD 465.19
USD 465.19
Child (Age 2)
USD 361.97
USD 361.97
Infant (Age 0-1)
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    Fly on Hawaiian Airlines!
This day trip includes a flight from Honolulu to Kauai, taking all the stress out of your inter-island vacation planning. Wailua River cruise and Fern Grotto tour tickets are also included, as well as admission to Waimea Canyon. You can even request pick-up from Waikiki hotels. Just show up and enjoy!
  • Duration (incl. transportation): 14.5 - 16 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).
  • Inclusion: Airfare / Guide / Fern Grotto Admission
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up/Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off/Check-out
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  • 05:00-05:30 Pick-up from Waikiki Hotels & Check-in at Honolulu Airport
  • 07:30 Oahu to the Kauai Flight (40 mins)
    Most flights from Honolulu to Kauai are only 40 minutes. A short hop before your tour begins. You should arrive at Lihue Airport at 8:00AM.
  • 08:30 Kauai Sightseeing Tour Starts
    You'll meet your guide at Lihue Airport and board the vehicle before setting off an a full day of Kauai sightseeing.
  • Waimea Canyon
    FernGratto Visit the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep! Your Waimea Canyon tour will give you plenty of chances to capture breathtaking photos and take in the majestic scenery.
  • Hanapepe Valley Lookout
    Rainbow_NA Astonishing panoramic views of a valley cloaked in lush greenery. This little town was also used as a location for many shows and films. It was even used as a one of the places where Jurassic Park was filmed in Hawaii!
  • Spouting Horn Blowhole at Poipu
    Spouting Horn Crashing waves propel majestic jets of salt water through lava rock. Kauai's Spouting Horn Blowhole is a favorite attraction for visitors to the Garden Isle.
  • Drive by the Historic Old Koloa Town
    Pass by one of the first sugar plantations in Hawaii. While not a stop on the tour, you'll be able to see a slice of Kauai's history on the way to your next destination.
  • Opaeka'a Falls
    FernGratto See the beautiful twin waterfalls cascade into a hidden pool below. This island tour of Kauai will bring you close to these two majestic cascades.
  • Wailua River Cruise to the Fern Grotto
    FernGratto Board an open air boat (Wailua River cruise tickets and Fern Grotto admission included) and leisurely cruise down the 2 mile river. Step off at tropical rain forest that conceals the magical Fern Grotto.
  • 17:30 Check-in at Lihue Airport
    Approximate wait time at airport is 1.5 - 2.5 hrs, giving you time to relax before your return flight to Honolulu.
  • 19:30 Kauai to Oahu Flight (40 mins)
  • 20:00-21:00 Return to Honolulu Airport & Drop-off at Waikiki Hotels
Package detail / Schedule
    • Guests may not fly within 24 hours of a two-tank scuba dive due to the high risk of decompression sickness.
    • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
    • Children 3 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Wheel Chair Accessibility: A transfer vehicle equipped with a lift is available with prior booking and notification of at least 2-4 days Guests must not exceed the weight limit of 600lbs combined weight for both the passenger and wheelchair. Please indicate during booking to secure arrangements. All island stops and facilities visited are accessible.
    • Tour dates may be fully booked at the price listed due to the limited availability of airline tickets. However, the date may be available for an additional fee. Additional fees vary depending on availability and are subject to change without notice.
    • Should the tour itinerary, route or schedule change due to unforeseen circumstances, services are non-refundable.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • A valid government-issued photo ID
    • Passport required for non-US
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
    • For all island flights or day trips, the name should appear as it is on picture ID (license or passport). The airlines will deny boarding if the passenger's legal name, as shown on their valid government-issued ID does not match the name on their E-Ticket. If a passenger is denied boarding, there will be no refunds.
    • All passengers 18 years old and above must present government-issued photo ID (Passport for non-US nationals) for airline check-in.
    • Children 2 years old and above are required to have their own airfare and seat on the tour. Children under 2 may sit on a parent's lap on the flight and the tour with no seat allocated at no charge.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • Meals are not included in the price.
    • Drinks and meals are available for purchase
    • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee.
    • Tours are subject to change without notice and may be affected by variations in departure and arrival times due to weather or mechanical issues.
    • Lunch is not included with this tour. Please bring cash with you to buy food during the lunch stop midway through the tour.
    • We will not extend financial reimbursement to compensate for flight or traffic delays beyond reasonable control of the activity provider, or disappointment if circumstances make it impossible to provide services as intended. Examples may include, but are not limited to: unexpected closure of the parks, rain, or road closures.
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Does the price include airfare?
  • Yes, airfare is included, as well as all park admission fees and your Wailua River cruise tickets.
Why is this tour non-refundable?
  • All inter-island tours provided by Polynesian Adventures Tours are non-refundable due to airline cancellation policies.
Is this a drive by tour or will there be stops for picture taking?
  • There will be several stops made throughout the day for photo opportunities. Highlights Include: Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe Valley, Spouting Horn Blowhole, Queen Victoria's profile, Coco Palms Grove, Historic Koloa, Opaeka'a Falls, Wailua River & Fern Grotto, and more!
What kind of bus will be used?
  • Average group sizes will vary from day to day and either a motor coach or a mini bus will be used for transportation around Kauai.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Are there any refunds if I miss this tour?
  • No, refunds are not processed for missed activities that include air fare. Reservations for inter-island tours cannot be cancelled once they are confirmed.
How long are flights from Honolulu to Kauai?
  • Day trips from Oahu to other islands vary in length, but Honolulu to Kauai is a mere 40 minutes in the air.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after the booking confirmation date will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
Change policy
  • No name or date changes will be honored once booking is confirmed. Name or date changes after booking has been made will be assessed a change fee of up to $200 per person.
USD 486.65
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Duration incl. transportation 14.5 - 16 hour(s)
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by: Zaira
It was a great tour! I loved that we got enough time to spend in the places we stopped at. Also, Sam was our tour guide and he was very nice and gave us fun and important information about Kauai. Grea...more
by: Robin L
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide David was great. Best value for all the stuff. Transportati...more
My friend and I really wanted to see the filming location of Jurassic Park so we signed up for this tour to the least visited island in Hawaii. We were very impressed with the scenery. Everything was ...more
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Honolulu to Kauai Day Trips: Island Hopping Waimea Canyon & Wailua River Tour