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Oahu to Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River Cruise & Waterfall Adventure

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Enjoy a day filled with beauty, legends and the saga of Kaua'i, the "Garden Isle."


On this Kauai you will enjoy a day filled with the lush beauty, legends and saga of Hawaii's "Garden Isle." Journey to the majestic Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain called, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Over 10 miles long, and almost 4,000 feet deep this marvel was formed by erosion and the catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauai. You will see Spouting Horn and the south coast Poipu Resorts, Koloa Sugar Mill, Queen Victoria's profile and Nawiliwili Harbor. Your journey continues with a cruise along Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto. See the cascading Opaeka'a Falls, the birth stones, and Coco Palms featured in the famous Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.

Itinerary / Activity Schedule

  • View beautiful Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe Valley

  • See the Spouting Horn blowhole at Poipu on the beautiful south shore of Kaua'i

  • View historic old Koloa the birth place of sugar in Hawaii

  • Queen Victoria's profile Nawiliwili Harbor, Coco Palms Grove, the birth stones and beautiful Opaeka'a Falls

  • Cruise the Wailua River and view the Fern Grotto (Fare included)


  • Guide

  • Fern Grotto Admission

  • Airfare
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Day trip from Oahu to Kauai

Duration: 15 - 16 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Fern Grotto Admission / Airfare

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. Great experience. My favorite stops were the Waimea Canyon (breathtaking!) and the super fun Wailua River tour.


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  • 05:30-05:00

    Pick-up from Waikiki Hotels & Check-in at Honolulu Airport

  • 07:30

    Oahu to the Kauai Flight (30 mins)

    Lihue Airport arrival at 8:00AM

  • 08:30

    Kauai Sightseeing Tour Starts

    Pick-up at the airport.

  • Waimea Canyon

    Visit the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep!

  • Hanapepe Town & Hanapepe Valley Lookout

    Astonishing panoramic views of a valley cloaked in lush greenery. This little town was also used as a location for many shows and films.

  • Spouting Horn Blowhole at Poipu

    Crashing waves propel majestic jets of salt water through lava rock

  • Drive by the Historic Old Koloa Town, the birth place of sugar in Hawaii

  • Opaeka'a Falls

    See the beautiful twin waterfalls cascade into a hidden pool below.

  • Wailua River Cruise to the Fern Grotto

    Board an open air boat (admission included) and leisurely cruise down the 2 mile river. Trek through a tropical rain forest to the magical Fern Grotto.

  • 17:30

    Check-in at Lihue Airport

    Approximate wait time at airport is 1.5 - 2.5 hrs

  • 19:30

    Kauai to Oahu Flight (30 mins)

  • 20:00

    Return to Honolulu Airport & Drop-off at Waikiki Hotels

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Passport required for non-US nationals

  • A valid government-issued photo ID

Requirement(s) - Others
  • 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.

  • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.

Additional Note(s)
  • 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.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the price include airfare?

Yes, airfare is included.

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.

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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. Great experience. My favorite stops were the Waimea Canyon (breathtaking!) and the super fun Wailua River tour. more


Indeed, we had a very good time - very knowledgeable guide (she's a local and knows all the details), wonderful nature, every...thing was planned and organized thoroughly, no unpleasant surprises of any kind either with transportation or anything else. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody. more


Loved the trip very much. Our tour guide Damien was fantastic. Kauai is very beautiful. Only complaint, they don't pair co...uples up very well on the flight over. We met another couple in Honolulu before we departed, and none us was scheduled to sit sit with his or her spouse. Other than that, trip was breath-taking. more

Tim H.

First I have to say you MUST ask for JUAN as your guide. He is a native of Kauai. He is not only EXTREMELY knowlegeable of the I...sland, Juan has a great sense of humor, full of great stories retold to him by his grandfather, native histories, is a wealth of information. The Canyon is fasinating to see, as well as the Water Falls that we stopped along the way to witness. Juan told us local folk lore regarding the Sleeping Giant; Sprouting Horn.
Juan is WORTH THE TRIP in himself!


Evva Morgan

This was my first trip to the island of Kauai, and I must say I fell in love with the island. The people are much more relaxed Honolulu, and the sceneries were just beautiful. Waimea Canyon was definitely the highlight of this trip, and I'm glad that I was able to see the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". The breathtaking view of the art of the mother nature is worth every penny. The Wailua River Cruise was very nice, and the Smith family did such a wonderful job entertaining us on the boat and at the Fern Grotto. We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality. This is definitely recommended if you are only staying on O'ahu, and want to see Kauai for a day. more


Having lived on Oahu for 5 1/2 years in the '50s and never having visited any of the other islands, my sister and I were expe...cting to see something different and unique. This tour certainly filled the bill and was both those things - and more! Our tour guide - Patty -was very knowledgeable about local and island history and places of interest. She stopped at more than the expected stops and we had plenty of time at each one of them to take pictures, visit any shops that were there and generally get a feel for the place. The fact that we were a small group - just 8 of us on a mini-bus - was fantastic and we turned into a group of 6 after lunch after dropping one couple off back at their Kauai hotel.

It was wonderful to see the unspoilt beauty of Kauai, much as Oahu was when we knew it and before development spoiled it. We were so happy to hear that there has been a limit put on the number of stories hotels there can have, albeit after Marriott built their 8-storey one. At lea


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 isla...nd in Hawaii. We were very impressed with the scenery. Everything was also very organized and arranged very professionally (no lateness). What made the tour really stand out though, was our tour guide Juan who told us many stories which gave us a greater understanding into life on the island. We loved the tour a lot. The only drawback was we had to wake up really early but I guess that can't be helped considering we did a day tour from O'ahu. more


This was a great tour, but a lot of driving. Our driver, Juan ( might be misspelled) is a native hawaiian and shared a lot of fac...t and fable. He played a video about how Jurasic Park was made, and as we drove around you can see where parts of the movie were filmed. We had plenty of time at each stop. I thought the fern grotto was a bit lame. The ferns were destroyed in a hurricane years ago, so the ones that were there were small. It wasnt what I expected. And there were mosquitos at the grotto. It would be nice if the driver had bug spray or something. We came back with a lot of bites. The boat ride was frustrating. It is a wide boat, with a low roof. The guide kept talking about the mountains or things on top of the hills, and most of us couldnt see what he was referring to because of the low roof. On one hand, seeing the island through a tour is a great way to learn a lot about the island. On the other hand, renting a car allows you to stop where you want to (little s more

Mr. Anonymous

Damien was a great tour guide giving excellent information throughout the entire tour. The greatest part of the trip is the "...;Grand Canyon" of the islands. Although somewhat expensive (airfare I guess), my wife and I really enjoyed the day. more


This is a very good way to get acquainted with the island. If you are staying on Kauai, it is a quick way to decide where you wou...ld like to spend more time. If you are flying in and out, it is an opportunity to see something other than the island where you are staying. more

Mr. Anonymous

This is a great 1-day activity if you are staying in Oahu and want to experience another Hawaiian island. We stayed for 10 days i...n Waikiki, Oahu and this tour gave us the opportunity to see Kauai for a reasonable price.

The tour is extremely well organised - We were picked up from out the front of our hotel by a coach at 5am and were driven to the airport, picking up several other couples who were also doing the tour on the way. We were met at the airport by one of the tour organisers and were handed our tickets for the flight and told where to go and what to do upon arrival back at the airport later that night.

The flight was only around 40 minutes and we were met at the airport in Kauai by our coach driver/tour guide Jerry. Jerry was an excellent guide and throughout the day told us so much about the history of Kauai and lots of interesting facts as he drove us around in a comfortable coach.

We saw lots of great views and had plenty of opportunities to get out of the co


This is a fairly biased view to the tour since the airport was absolutely terrible on both directions (NOT the tour's fault)....
The guide was ok, unanimated and didn't realise he told us the same stories multiple times - I found this funny but other people were getting really annoyed about it. If you like the history of sugar cane you'll get plenty of it!
The Canyon was AMAZING! As was Fern Grotto. Everything I thought was only ok in terms of interest sake.


This was a very good day trip to the Island of Kauai. While the logistics of the trip were well organized and executed despite a ...few bumps in the road (an auto accident on the main route upon arrival that forced the planned schedule to be reorganized and a delay on the return flight to Oahu), the very best part of the journey had to be the tour guide, Keone (Juan), who was a virtual encyclopia of Kauai history and culture. Truly an entertainer, funny, insightful and sensitive to the needs of his passengers. Every tour should have a Juan on it. Kauai is a beautiful, quiet island devoid of the chaos and traffic of Oahu. It is especially friendly and laid back. The day trip is a great introduction to planning a return visit for a longer stay. And Waimea Canyon is breathtaking. more

Ron Morton

There is a lot of traveling back and forth then actual viewing spots, and because of that there was not enough time at Waimea Cany...on which is the main spot of the trip. People taking half day tour should not be mixed with fullday tour, there was a lot of time lost in going back and forth droping those people, and the return flight to oahu should be planned accordingly we had to wait 2 hrs at the airport. more


The tour itself was really good, interesting and informing. All of the employees that took care of us were helpful and kind. The ...problem was the scheduling from Oahu to Kauai. We had to be picked up at 4:30 a.m. At our hotel. The plane left at 6:00 a.m. We got to Kauai at 6:40 a.m. And had to wait until picked up by tour guide at 8:40 a.m.. There were others that left our hotel at 7:00 and arrived to have guide pick them up on time. We also were told (on the tour guide was told) the wrong place at the airport to pick us up. All of that was very stressful. If they could correct the scheduling then it is a worthwhile tour. more


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