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Smith's Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto with Live Entertainment


Visit one of Kauai's top attractions. Cruise along the beautiful Wailua River to the lush Fern Grotto, and learn about the history and legends of the valley.

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One of the most popular spots on the Garden Isle of Kauai since the 1940s, the Wailua River is an area rich with history and legend. The Fern Grotto, a naturally-formed lava cave named for the ferns that grow from the roof of the grotto, lies at the base of Mauna Kapu (forbidden mountain), the legendary peak that overlooks the south bank of the river. Enjoy captivating stories and live music brought to you by the Smith Family.
Pro Tips: Be sure to book with Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau for a complete experience. It's recommended to book the last cruise time (3:30pm) so when you return from your boat cruise, you can check in to your luau right away!
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River Cruise Package
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 25.00
USD 25.00
Child (Age 2-12)
USD 12.50
USD 12.50
Infant (Age 0-1)
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 25.00
USD 25.00
Child (Age 2-12)
USD 12.50
USD 12.50
Infant (Age 0-1)
GE Tax included
  • Duration: 2 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Cruise fee / Guide
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

Starting time: 09:30 11:00 14:00 15:30
Starting time: 09:30 11:00 14:00 15:30
  • 09:15 Check-in
  • 09:30 Wailua River Cruise
    rivercruise3 Enjoy a two mile river journey & hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii. At the Fern Grotto landing, you’ll enjoy a short nature walk through the rainforest to the lush Fern Grotto.
  • 10:50 Check-out
Package detail / Schedule
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
    • Wheelchair Accessibility: Must be able to go down 5 steps into the boat with assistance. Wheelchair is usable on the boat.
    • Family Friendly: Infants, toddlers and strollers are allowed on board.
    • You must bring a copy of your voucher as proof of purchase to the activity or the activity provider may charge you again in full. will not be liable for any additional charges.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
Activity provider
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Should I bring bug spray on this tour?
  • Yes, bringing bug spray is recommended.
Is the Smiths Tropical Paradise Luau nearby to where the river boat cruise ends?
  • Yes, the luau and the Smiths Motor Boat Cruise are both held at the Wailua Marina State Park.
Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
  • Yes, you can bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy while on the cruise. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Is this activity family-friendly?
  • Yes! This is a great activity for families!
What type of boat is used for the river cruise?
  • Powered by a rear engines, boats that cruise the Wailua River are designed to be spacious and open-air, allowing you a panoramic view of the beautiful scenery as you cruise by.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 16:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

After your booking is confirmed, be sure to print your voucher and bring it with you on the day of your activity.

USD 25.00
USD 25.00

Taxes & fees included

1% Reward Points
(4.31/5.00) 4.31 / 5
(170 reviews)
Pick-up Not available
Duration 2 hour(s)
Availability Daily


by: MsTravelGal
Wedding ceremonies have been held at the fern grotto for decades. It's a historic and beautiful spot to get married or renew your vows. We didn't know this before arriving but it was a special surpris...more
Excellent organization of the trip, nice music and dance, very impressive walk to fern grotto. All-in-one: Beautiful trip worth the money
At the Grotto
by: Chuck&Vickie
This was a great activity. The boat ride was great. The captain's commentary was insightful and the scenery was beautiful. The entertainment was also very good.
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USD 25.00
USD 25.00
4.31 / 5
Smith's Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto with Live Entertainment