Wailua River and Luau
Experience the best of Kauai with a wonderfully packaged excursion featuring a cruise on the Wailua River followed by one of Hawaii's most celebrated Luau experiences.
The Wailua River, a long, slowly meandering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater while being fed by many tributaries on the way to the ocean, is the only navigable river in Hawaii. For a unique Hawaiian adventure, try this 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 1 hour and 20 minutes on a long, flat-bottom riverboat. While en route, you're likely to encounter kayakers, motorboats and water skiers. Watch for photo opportunities 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, featuring the best of traditional Hawaiian dishes and local favorites, as well as entertainment highlighting Polynesian culture. The Luau honors the traditions of Polynesia, and includes a delicious dinner with a wide variety of local delicacies, desserts, and cocktails. Following the feast, guests are treated to the lyrical sway of the Hawaiian Hula and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance.
Experience Polynesia through song and dance of different cultures and embrace the "spirit of aloha." Afterwards, you will be driven back to the pier.
The boat ride to the fern grotto was fun. The fern grotto was neat to see. We loved the luau.The food was great and the botanical gardens were beautiful. The luau was awesome, I would definitely recommend a luau.
Reviewer: Andrea Granata
This was relaxing and the grotto was beautiful. The staff were friendly and entertainment on the boat was great. The lauu was very organized and had plenty of wonderful food. The grounds were nice to wonder around.
It was a lot of fun.
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!