Wailua River and Luau

Hawaii Cruise Excursions in Kauai | winding local culture music dance entertainment buffet in Kauai
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Price: $269.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Dinner and drinks are included.
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to step on and off the boat and walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are at an incline.

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 and take pleasure in learning the hula from a young hula dancer.

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-cover 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 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 the traditions of our island home and become part of our Ohana (Family).

Please Note: This tour is only for cruise guests.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  31 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wonderful Evening
June 01, 2023
This was one of my favourite excursions. All the staff were wonderful, professional and informative. The river boat cruise was great and the luau and show fantastic. What better way to enjoy Hawaii! Food at the luau was delicious, the grounds a paradise and all the staff pleasant and helpful. The highlight was the show. As a former dance teacher, I can really appreciate the hard work and talent of the performers. The dances and costumes and music were perfect. Very very well done. I would highly recommend this excursion, it was wonderful!
Reviewer: Jennifer Mattiacci
5 Stars
May 04, 2023
This excursion was beautiful and informative. I appreciate the assistance received by staff. Really enjoyed the luau. Would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Geraldine Dalton
5 Stars
Magic Polynesian night
November 25, 2019
Joyful experience on the river with music, local dancing. Jungle, magic cave, Hawaiian music is very strong, special, magic... Luau show was very interesting with local mythology, dancing, songs, fire and water affects. Dinner was delicious, but it was hugely crowded - not comfortable at all. The most interesting moment was pork cooking.
Reviewer: Ilona
4 Stars
Awesomely Spectacular
November 19, 2019
Everything about this luau was amazing. The food, the atmosphere, the host, the music, the dancing. I can go on and on. Well worth the money. It was well organized. I loved it and recommend anyone planning an excursion to definitely add this one to your list.
Reviewer: Lauren M
5 Stars
Wailua River and Luau
November 14, 2019
Great excursion! The riverboat ride was really interesting, very nice and informative. Our stop at the Fern Grotto was fab-beautiful and fun from the ladies dancing the hula, the Hawaiians playing ukuleles and the whole family singing in the grotto. Fun on way back with more singing and dancing and the family teaching us Hawaiian Dance. Luau spectacular, plenty of delicious food, and unlimited cocktails on beautiful grounds with the gracious Smith family!
Reviewer: Elaine McMichael
5 Stars
June 22, 2019
WE enjoyed this excursion very much. Beautiful scenery, friendly knowledgeable driver/guide. The luau was the best I have ever experienced.
Reviewer: Anita Stewart
5 Stars