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Fern Grotto Cruise

by Smith's Luau & Boat
per adult Price is $25
Duration: 1h 20m+ Free Cancellation No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Open-air river boat cruise along 2 miles of the Wailua River

  • Rainforest walk to a lush fern grotto in a lava rock cave

  • Hula lessons & legends of ancient Hawaii during the cruise

  • Live musicians serenade you with traditional Hawaiian music

  • Time to disembark & admire the waterfalls & tropical setting

Highlights

  • Open-air river boat cruise along 2 miles of the Wailua River

  • Rainforest walk to a lush fern grotto in a lava rock cave

  • Hula lessons & legends of ancient Hawaii during the cruise

  • Live musicians serenade you with traditional Hawaiian music

  • Time to disembark & admire the waterfalls & tropical setting

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11:00 AM, Tour in English

Duration 1h 20m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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2:00 PM, Tour in English

Duration 1h 20m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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3:30 PM, Tour in English

Duration 1h 20m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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9:30 AM, Tour in English

Duration 1h 30m No booking or credit card fees

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$25

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Fern Grotto Cruise

Activity Location

Smith's Luau and Boat

3-5971 Kuhio Hwy

Kapaa

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Smith's Luau and Boat

    3-5971 Kuhio Highway

    Kapaa 96746


Description

From the comfort of an open-air river boat, enjoy views of the tropical scenery along the Wailua River as you are taken upstream to the mystical Fern Grotto. During the leisurely river cruise, hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii and enjoy learning the hula from a local dancer.

Step aboard and enjoy a 2-mile river journey on the Wailua River, which courses gently through the lush and verdant landscape. This area is sacred to Hawaiians as the birthplace of ancient Kauai's ali'i royalty. Hugging the river’s edge are a wealth of native Hawaiian plants and a bounty of exotic plants and palms—snap photos and keep your eyes peeled for island birds as you glide gently through the waters.

As you take in the magnificent surroundings, listen as the crew onboard shares Kauai's culture and legends—you can hear the stories of the King's Highway, sacred Mount Kapu, and the First Hau Tree. If you'd like, you can even give the graceful, swaying motions of the elegant hula dance a try.

Hop off the boat at the Fern Grotto landing and set out for a short nature walk on an easygoing trail. As you approach the grotto, marvel at the natural lava rock cave draped in a dense blanket of ferns and see the mist from the small waterfall that tumble over the grotto's overhang. A group of musicians perform the slack key refrains of the Hawaiian Wedding Song as you take in this serene setting. After a 30-minute stop, head back to the boat for your return cruise through the Wailua River valley.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour to Fern Grotto

  • Boat ride on the Wailua River

  • Live entertainment

  • Commentary provided in English

  • No meal or beverage service


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Fern Grotto is wheelchair accessible; however, the boat that transports you does not have a wheelchair ramp. There are six steps to get in and out of the boat.

  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to booked tour start time.


Fern Grotto Cruise ratings based on 51 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

4.4 out of 5

4/5 Oct 2, 2019

Was a nice experience. Pleasant boat ride up the river with good entertainment. The only negative was one of the hula ladies was kinda of grumpy while leading is from the boat to the fern

Barbara D

United States

4/5 Sep 10, 2019

The river was beautiful, the narration was good. The crew was very safety conscious and the entertainment was beautiful sung and danced! I would have liked more information about the plants and trees along the trails to and from the Grotto, perhaps simple signs with names and uses would have been more helpful. A great experience overall!