Wailua River and Luau
Experience the best of Kauai with a spectacular combination excursion featuring a cruise on the Wailua River followed by one of Hawaii's most celebrated Luau experiences.
The Waliua River is a long, slowly meandering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by many tributaries on the way to the ocean. It is the only navigable river in Hawaii. For a unique Hawaiian adventure, try our cruise up river to the sacred Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. Hawaiian musicians will serenade you at the grotto with traditional, local songs including the famous "Hawaiian Wedding Song." The superior acoustics within this natural amphitheater greatly enhance the music.
The Kauai tour usually takes approximately 40 minutes on a long, flat-bottom riverboat. While en route, you're likely to encounter kayakers, motorboats and water skiers. Watch for photo ops featuring tropical grasslands lining the river, and the majestic cloud-covered Mt. Waialeale in the background. You will also enjoy the overlook at Opaekaa Falls-- another romantic stop that will surely secure your love of this Garden Island. Following your day tour, you will be transported to a magical location for a memorable Luau experience.
For four generations, the Smith Family Luau has treated guests to one of the most celebrated Luaus on the island of Kauai. Situated in the Wailua River Valley, the family's tropical gardens set the stage for a night to remember. The Luau honors the traditions of the Polynesian culture, with the main feature being the Pa'ina, or feast. A Kula pig is roasted in the Imu and served with a wide variety of local delicacies and desserts. Mai Tais, wine, beer, soda, water and fruit punch are also served. Following the feast, guests are treated to customary songs and chants known as "mele," the lyrical sway of the Hawaiian Hula, the colorful precision of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance.
The Smith Family is proud to continue to honor the tradition of the Luau started more than 50 years ago by their grandfather. Join them as they share the "spirit of aloha". Afterwards, you will be driven back to the pier.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in the State Park.
Wonderful excursion. The river cruise (which is not included when booking the same Luau through the ship) was relaxing, informative, fun, and well orchestrated. The grounds of the Smith Family Luau facility are beautiful. The food was excellent and the show fabulous.
Reviewer: Jay Moyes
We were unable to do the river cruise part of this tour due to silting of the river mouth. The Luau was fantastic though. Thank you Shore Excursions for offering to pay a partial refund for the day! No quibble and what an honourable business to do so. I would highly recommend this tour company. It is so good to meet genuine, friendly people who put your experience first!
Reviewer: Ilse Pfander
It was absolutely great, the food as well as the show with the Hawaiin dancers . I would recommend it to everyone to sign up for it.
Reviewer: Karen Kennedy Gaskins
After a lovely ride down the river, we disembarked to view Fern Grotto. We were met at that location by our narrator who gave us some history on the location. We were then serenaded by members of the Smith family. On the boat ride back to the Smith compound, we were treated to several hula dancers performing for us! Upon entering, you're greeted with leis and a photographer who will snap a photo to commemorate the day. You board a tram that takes you through the property/gardens and then brings you to the site of the luau. We watched as the pig was pulled from the pit and learned about the "Imu" process. The food is delicious and plentiful! During the meal, we once again were treated to music and dancing. After dinner, we went to the outdoor amphitheater for the show. The show paid homage via dance/song to all of the different cultures that make up the Hawaiian population. It was a wonderful production! We loved everything about it and would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Karen K Gaskins
We took this tour on 6/29/17. We absolutely loved it! We stopped first to see a beautiful waterfall then on to the Smith Family compound for our boat ride. "Beautiful" just doesn't convey how spectacular the place is. The Fern Grotto is a must-see. The entertainment on the boat and at the grotto were lovely. Everyone was so personable. The luau was great! We enjoyed seeing the pig coming out of the pit and learning about this Imu style of cooking. The food was served buffet style, along with mai-tais! All very tasty. We were told to go back for seconds, but there was no need. There was plentiful food on the first serving! The after-dinner show was great. Performances demonstrating the vast cultural diversity of the islands was well done. The grounds/gardens are so beautiful. I highly recommend this tour!!