Kauai Shore Excursion: Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto Tour

3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 9
Mobile ticket


Take a leisurely cruise down the Wailua River to the botanical beauty of the Fern Grotto. Wailua River is known as "the only navigable river" in all Hawaii. The rivers fresh water pours from the Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest spots on the plant.Lands along the river were the sacred capital of ancient Kauai and the birth place of the island's ali'i, or royalty. During the two mile river journey, you'll hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii and enjoy learning the hula during a lesson provided by a young hula dancer. The Fern Grotto is a geological wonder of Kauai. Ferns grow upside down from the roof of the grotto, which was formed millions of years ago. Native Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic tropical plants provide a rain-forest atmosphere. A visit to the overlook at Opaekaa Falls , the most accessible waterfall on the island, will secure your love of Kauai, our garden island.


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop off

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Opaekaa Falls, Kauai, HI

A 151 foot waterfall crashing into a hidden pool.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Wailua River State Park, Highway 56, Wailua, Kauai, HI

Float down a fresh water river while being enchanted by songs and stories of ancient Hawaii.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Fern Grotto, Wailua Marina At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI

Discover the beauty of a tropical rain forest filled with lush native plants.

Duration: 20 minutes

Time of tour

02:30 PM

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
This tour only pick-up is at the pier.


  • Pier

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This shore excursion can only be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers
  • Departs pier at 2:30 pm and returns at 6:00 pm to pier will visit the Wailua River & Fern Grotto.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers


  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Joan D
November 2019

I again chose Roberts Hawaii for a shore excursion. They again lived up to my expectation of an enjoyable tour and good value for the cost. We were met at the Nawiliwili Cruise port. This time I chose to do the Waimea Canyon tour as I had not seen it before. Unfortunately it was not combine with ...

January 2017

Really enjoyed the tour of this island. Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto is a must see.

May 2016

A breath taking experience the views were spectacular. We were lucky enough to come across a ranger who had actual pictures of last year's lava flow and kindly shared them with us.

Norma D
December 2015

We enjoyed our tour bus driver, very informative! Beautiful countryside. Canyon was amazing, and river cruise was very entertaining and enjoyable.

September 2015

OMG the Waimea Canyon is sensational - I would recommend it for this alone! The river tour was very relaxing and a lot of fun and the grotto is beautiful.

August 2015

This is now 2 separate tours if you book as shore excursion from the pride of America due to their change of itinerary. Travelled with a local tour operator for both, cannot recommend this company enough, both tours had fantastic, enthusiastic, knowledgable drivers. Check in with them at the...

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