Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto Tour
A popular combination is the Smith's Luau and the Fern Grotto Cruise.
Enjoy a fantastic evening by combining your Fern Grotto Boat Tour with a beautiful Garden Setting Luau!
YOU ARE ATTENDING THE LUAU, you will be able to spend time strolling
the garden before the luau and do not need to add the Garden Stroll to
your purchase. If you would like to go to the Garden in the morning or
early mid-day and are attending the luau then you would need to purchase
the Garden Stroll.
Kauai Fern Grotto Tour is a great Eco Tour provided by Hawaii Activities Discount. This Wailua River Cruise is the only navigable River in Hawaii. With this said, using an ingenious rear-engine system invented byWalter Smith, Sr. himself uses the constant rains pouring off Mt. Wai'ale'ale make they take full advantage of it! The open-air boats will waft you up the Wailua to the most beautiful and romantic place on the island: to the incomparable Fern Grotto. Along the way, you'll have first class, front row views of all the wonders that the Garden Isle has to offer. These lovely lands are so magical that they once served as the capital of ancient Kauai, and were reserved as the sacred places of the island's royalty. The history of the Garden Isle will have you marveled.
Garden Stroll optional add-on: If you are not planning on
attending Smith's Luau after your Wailur River boat tour, but still
would like to see the amazing garden grounds, you can purchase a Garden
Stroll admission ticket. The Tropical Paradise is open daily from 8:30
am to 3:00 pm. (If you are attending the luau, you will have time to
walk through the garden after you check in for the luau.)
- A scenic three-mile trip up and down the Wailua River
- A chance to learn the hula! A class provided by a young hula dancer. Everyone gets into the act during the river cruise!
- Hear tales of the mystical river, told by an interpretive local guide
Hear Entertainers singing, dancing and strumming guitars.
planning on going to Smith's Luau but still want to see the amazing
garden grounds? Purchase a Garden Stroll admission by its self or add
it on to your Fern Grotto Cruise. The Tropical Paradise is open daily
from 8:30 am to 3:00pm. If you are attending the luau you will have
time to go through the gardens and grounds once you check in for the
- Where and When:
- Tour departure times:
9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
Check in 15 minutes prior to your tour time at Wailua Marina State Park, 3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746 View Map
The Garden Stroll (if you purchased this option) is available from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
From the North (Hanalei, Princeville, Kapaa): Take Hwy. 56 South through Kapaa to the Wailua River. Go past Kuamoo road, over the river, and take the first right into the Wailua Marina State Park.
From the South (Waimea, Poipu, Lihue): Take Hwy. 56 North from the Lihue airport. A mile after the Wailua Golf Course, watch for Marina signs and the beach on the right. Just before crossing the Wailua River bridge, turn left into the Wailua Marina State Park.
- No Requirements
- Vessel is not ADA accessible.
- Special Notes:
- Tip: If you are going to the luau after the boat tour, select the 3:30 pm boat tour time.
- Operation Days:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
- 1.5 hour boat tour round-trip
Garden open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
- Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau
- Spacious, open-air boat is powered by an ingenious rear-engine system invented by Walter Smith, Sr.