Fern Grotto Tour

Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto

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!

IF 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.

There was a time when the Grotto was off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty. But for more than 50 years, riverboats have provided tours of the site. The Grotto and nearby Paradise Gardens are a popular place for wedding ceremonies. Arrangements can be made with Smith's Tropical Paradise Weddings. Another way to see Fern Grotto is to rent a kayak and paddle up the river on your own.

The trip up this historic and sacred Kauai river takes about 40 minutes via a long flat bottom riverboat. Boats depart from the south side of the river every 30 minutes. Kauai’s Wailua Kauai - Wailua RiverRiver is the only navigable river in Hawaii and, along with the cruise boats, kayakers, motor boats and water skiers "go with the flow". On the way to the Fern Grotto, you will encounter numerous photo opportunities of Kauai’s tropical grasslands lining the river and cloud-capped Mt. Waialeale looming in the background.

    RESTRICTIONS: Tour may not run if closure due to repair work to Fern Grotto is scheduled.

    The Fern Grotto is one of Kauai’s unusual signature attractions in Kauai Hawaii. The Fern Grotto is a lava rock cave shrouded with tropical ferns, doused by mists from a waterfall. This magnificent Hawaiian site is accessible only by boat traveled up the Wailua River in Kauai. This exciting Wailua River Tour is operated by Smith’s Fern Grotto and this Hawaii Tour is offered to you by Buzz Hawaii. The Wailua River Fern Tour is the only river tour that offers a Fern Grotto Cruise in Hawaii. Add this gorgeous river cruise to your Hawaii vacation tour package offered to you by Buzz Hawaii. This Kauai Hawaii Fern Grotto cruise if a relaxing tour that is suited for your entire family or your tour group. Your family and friends will thank you for planning the Wailua River Fern Tour through Buzz Hawaii. The only way to visit the Fern Grotto is with Wailua River Cruises so book your Smith’s Fern Grotto Tour early because these tours quickly fill. Buzz Hawaii will plan your Grotto Cruise to the Kauai Hawaii Fern Grotto. It is a tour you will not want to miss. This spectacular site is amazing and breathtaking. Contact Buzz Hawaii for Smith’s Fern Grotto Tour and you will save with discounted prices.

    The Kauai Hawaii Fern Grotto Tour lies at the base of the Maunu Kapu Mountain. The mountain’s peak overlooks the south bank of the Wailua River. The Wailua River, the only navigable river, provides a means for the Fern Grotto Tour to sail down the Wailua River with other cruise boats, motorboats, water skiers and kayakers. On the way to the Fern Grotto in Kauai, will you see tropical grasslands lining the Wailua River and the cloud-covered Mt. Waialeale that appears in the background of beautiful Kauai. Bring your camera! There are many breathtaking scenes you will want to capture for your Hawaii vacation memories.

    On the Wailua River Cruises and Grotto Cruise, not only will you indulge in Kauai’s magnificent landscape, you will be told about legends and the history of Kauai’s ancient cultures and civilizations that inhabited Kauai, the Garden Isle, hundreds of years ago.  The Fern Grotto was formed millions of year ago according to Geologists. The Fern Grotto adds a beautiful tropical setting to Kauai’s exotic colorful tropical plants that provides a rain forest ambiance. Reaching the grotto you will be greeted with a delightful surprise, a serenade by Hawaiian musicians playing traditional and also local Hawaiian songs. This natural amphitheater has perfect acoustics for the Hawaiian singing and guitar playing. Smith’s Fern Grotto River Tours has the only option of a Kauai Hawaii Fern Grotto Tour with Wailua River Cruises and Grotto Cruise. Book your Fern Grotto cruise through Buzz Hawaii.

    Sometime before the 1940’s the Fern Grotto was accessible to only Hawaiian royalty. Starting in the late 1940’s Walter Smith, took his first tour group up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, thus beginning his Grotto Cruise and started Kauai Hawaii Fern Grotto and Wailua River Tours. The nearby Paradise Gardens and the Fern Grotto are popular wedding ceremony sites. Contact Smith’s Tropical Paradise Weddings and arrangements will be made for your perfect dream Kauai Hawaii wedding.

    The Wailua River Tour to the Fern Grotto takes about 40 minutes. Boats depart from the south side of the river every 30 minutes. Fern Grotto also rents kayaks so you have the choice to paddle up the river on your own. This historic tour can be scheduled through Buzz Hawaii. This is a fantastic Hawaii tour that you will want to add to your Hawaii vacation. Explore the Fern Grotto with the help of Buzz Hawaii and get discounted prices. Contact Buzz Hawaii today! Contact www.buzzhawaii.com.

    Tour Highlights:

    • Enjoy Smith’s famous Wailua River boat cruise
    • Only river boat cruise in all of Hawaii
    • Spacious open-air boat provides excellent views from either side
    • Hear songs and stories of the old Hawaii
    • Participate in hula dancing
    • Enjoy a short nature walk through the rainforest to the lush Fern Grotto

    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.)

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    Where and When:
    Tour departure times:
    9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
    Check in 30 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.

    Driving directions:
    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 through 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.
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