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Kauai Wailua River, Fern Grotto and Luau Excursion

Nawiliwili - Kauai, Hawaii / USA (Excursion ID S2168)

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  • Duration
    6 hours 30 min
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round trip transportation from your Kauai cruise pier!
  • English speaking, local and trained Kauai shore excursion guides!
  • River cruise on Wailua River!
  • Visit Fern Grotto!
  • Photo stop at Opaekaa Falls!
  • Welcome beverage!
  • Luau Feast and open bar!
  • Rhythm of Aloha Polynesian show!

A late afternoon/evening combination that includes a cruise up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto and a Polynesian dinner and South Pacific experience at the island's most popular luau feast.

An early afternoon departure from your cruise pier in Nawiliwili will bring you to the shores of the Wailua River, the only navigable river in Hawaii, approximately 20 minutes from the pier. The 20 mile (32 kilometers) waterway curls its way from the nearby mountainous rain forest, through the tropical countryside until it reaches the coast.

You will board flat-bottomed, covered boats for a scenic 25-minute cruise up the river to land once considered sacred by Hawaiian royalty.

From the landing, you will hike along a forest path to the Fern Grotto, a natural amphitheater in the forest. Formed over millions of years, the grotto walls and ceiling are covered by tropical ferns. You will also see other native Hawaiian plants and exotic tropical flowers along the path through the rainforest.

After your grotto visit, return to the dock and motor down river to the tropical setting of the famous Smith Family and enjoy a traditional luau! Here, you will be met with a traditional Hawaiian greeting before taking time to explore the 30 acres (12 hectares) tropical park by tram or on foot. The Imu ceremony, where the evening's main course is removed from the underground oven where it has been slowly cooking all day, will begin the feast experience.

Enjoy local traditional music as you enjoy a Mai Tai cocktail, glass of beer or wine as you await the mouthwatering treat you have waiting for you. Other beverages are also included in your open bar.

The Feast buffet includes slow-cooked kalua pork, beef teriyaki, chicken adobo and sweet and sour mahi-mahi as the main courses. Side dishes include Hawaiian sweet potato, Poi, Lomi salmon, namasu salad and many other side dishes. These are followed by a selection of tropical desserts. There is also an open bar included with your dinner feast that includes Mai Tai cocktails, beer, white or red wine, standard well drinks, (rum and coke, gin and tonic, vodka), as well as juices and sodas.

Dinner is followed by a colorful performance in the nearby amphitheater that includes music and dance from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and other South Pacific locals. Music is provided by drums, Polynesian-style ukulele, and mouth flutes. Folkloric performances will include flaming torches, knives and perhaps even a volcano.

Please note that from November to January, the luau will be held at the Courtyard Marriott.

After the show, you will rejoin your transportation for the short drive to your Nawiliwili cruise pier.

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Kauai Wailua River, Fern Grotto and Luau Excursion Experiences

This excursion is available to everybody and specially designed to accommodate passengers of the following cruise lines

ImportantThis excursion is not available for Windstar Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Star Clippers, Saga Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred Olsen, AIDA Cruises - Kreuzfahrten, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Swan Hellenic, Hapag Lloyd, Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Croisieres de France, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Cruise Line, Phoenix Reisen, ResidenSea, Seabourn Cruise Line, Marella / Thomson Cruises, Voyages of Antiquity, Voyages of Discovery, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, TUI, Oceania Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Celestyal Cruises, Royal Seas Cruise / Bahama Paradise, Virgin Voyages, Astro Ocean Cruises, Mystic Cruises, Vidanta Cruise, Ponant.

Kauai Wailua River, Fern Grotto and Luau Excursion Reviews

A late afternoon/evening combination that includes a cruise up the Wailua river to the Fern Grotto and a Polynesian dinner and South Pacific experience at the island's most popular luau.


4 Reviews

Deleon Springs, FL
25th Anniversary tour!
     5/5  (Visited on July 2019)
My wife and I took this tour. Hawaii is full of stunning landscapes. We really enjoyed the river ride along with hula dancers and music. The views of green foliage all around the river was beautiful. Once on land, we walked to the Fern Grotto with the trails surrounded by exotic plants and flowers. Upon returning, we had a delightful dinner with plenty of local food and drinks. We really had a great time, the tour was better than expected and worth every penny. Highly recommended.
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Vinita, OK
So lucky to visit paradise!
     5/5  (Visited on July 2019)
Just getting back from our Norwegian cruise and took this fabulous excursion. One of our friends recommend me with you guys and will be very thankful for that all my life. This tour was way cheaper than the cruise line sponsored excursions and it was exactly the same excursion as for other people I meet on the ship. Very impressed on mother nature, the ride on the river was peaceful and entertainment with the dancers. The walk to the grotto was fantastic as you do not get bored seeing a lot of tropical plants and learning about them. Dinner was also great, food is unlimited accompanied by live musicians and dancers. Definitely will recommend you with all my family and friends and will use you from now on my next journeys.
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Nashville, TN
Simply awesome!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
Recently took this tour on our Pride of America cruise journey. This was such a nice boat ride and the walk to the fern grotto was beautiful. There were many colourful flowers and plants. Our guide gave us a lot of interesting information on the way. The luau performance was good and entertainment. We have plenty of food available along with the traditional Hawaiian musicians. This was worth every penny. Highly recommend this tour to everyone.
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Loved the luau
     5/5  (Visited on June 2016)
We wanted to have a real Hawaiian experience and couldn't have chosen better! We began with the river cruise which is suuuper relaxing, we walked to Fern grotto, a place beyond belief, so beautiful with all of the ferns growing from the ceiling. Back in the boat we went to a place where a Hawaiian family greeted us and the party began. Food was delicious, much variety of dishes and all of them so tasty, my favorite was the kalua pork they cook it on an underground oven! Music and dance were an important part of this beautiful tradition, the sound of the Ukulele makes everyone happy... All of our group agreed on this being a once in a lifetime experience, we highly recommend it
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