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Kauai Shore Excursion: Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto Tour

Wailua, United States
Kauai Shore Excursion: Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto Tour
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Spend a delightful day exploring the natural and cultural wonders of Kauai on this shore excursion featuring the magnificent Waimea Canyon. Hike to the summit of this ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ for spectacular views, and see many attractions along Kauai’s southern coast, including the Spouting Horn natural blowhole and historic Old Koloa Town. Cruise down the sacred Wailua River and soak up the serene beauty of Fern Grotto and Opaekaa Falls.
  • Shore excursion to discover Kauai's spectacular natural beauty
  • Enjoy breathtaking views up Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"
  • Hear some Kauai history as you drive past Old Koloa Town and Waimea
  • Watch Spouting Horn spew water up to 50 feet in the air
  • Cruise down Wailua River to see Opaekaa Falls and Fern Grotto
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
2:30 PM
This tour only pick-up is at the pier.
Discover the awe-inspiring sights of the ‘Garden Island’ of Kauai with this action-packed, full-day shore excursion. Your friendly local guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned coach after you disembark at Nawiliwili Harbor. Learn about the geologic history of the island as you drive toward the rocky red landscape of Waimea.

Hike up to the Waimea Canyon Lookout for breathtaking views of this natural geologic wonder. Formed by the movement of water through the island’s red lava rock over thousands of years, the jagged mouth of the canyon stretches 1 mile (1.6 km) wide and more than 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) deep. Stop at several vista points along the way to admire different views of the magnificent red canyon.

Back in the comfortable coach, take a driving tour of Kauai’s southern coast. See the town of Waimea, where British explorer Captain Cook first made contact with Hawaii in 1778, and the site of historic sugarcane plantations at Old Koloa Town. Visit the Spouting Horn blowhole to watch ocean water spray up as high as 50 feet (15 meters) through a natural opening in a lava shelf.

Finally, enjoy a leisurely cruise down the scenic Wailua River as you soak up the lush tropical scenery and admire passing views of Opaekaa and Wailua Falls. At the end of your cruise, take a guided tour of the picturesque tropical gardens and cave at the Fern Grotto before being transported back to your ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Nawiliwili Harbor for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Opaekaa Falls
A 151 foot waterfall crashing into a hidden pool.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wailua River State Park
Float down a fresh water river while being enchanted by songs and stories of ancient Hawaii.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fern Grotto
Discover the beauty of a tropical rain forest filled with lush native plants.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Roberts Hawaii
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Your great- scheduling awful
, Jun. 2022
The tour was great. However reserving the tour was awful. I reserved a 8:30 trip which they cancelled the night before and put me on a 2:30 trip. Luckily I was able to do the later time.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Aloha Jennifer, Thank you for your review. We are working with Viator to correct the website. Mahalo,
Really enjoyed the tour of this island...
, Jan. 2017
Really enjoyed the tour of this island. Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto is a must see.
A breath taking experience the...
, 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.
We enjoyed our tour bus driver, very...
Norma D
, Dec. 2015
We enjoyed our tour bus driver, very informative! Beautiful countryside. Canyon was amazing, and river cruise was very entertaining and enjoyable.
OMG the Waimea Canyon is sensational...
, Sep. 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.
This is now 2 separate tours if you...
, Aug. 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 port was quick, clean air conditioned buses. Enjoyed both trips immensely and learnt lots about the island. I would definitely book with them again.
We enjoyed the Waimea Canyon trip but...
Sandra C
, Jun. 2014
We enjoyed the Waimea Canyon trip but the River part of the trip was a disappointment.
1 traveller found this review helpful
The view of the canyon was nice, but...
Charles R
, May 2014
The view of the canyon was nice, but the short boat ride to Fern grotto as a let down. No wild life to see and nothing other than trees lining the river.
Our guide was great but the canyon...
Gail M
, Feb. 2014
Our guide was great but the canyon was disappointing. It was completely fogged in so we did not see anything. You can't do anything about the weather.
The tours were excellent! We had...
, Feb. 2014
The tours were excellent! We had very friendly and informative guides which made the experience both fun and educational. Both the canyon and the fern grotto were beautiful. The canyon, of course was spectacular. Having the Hawaiian wedding song and entertainment on the river cruise was fun. The fact that we went back to the ship to eat was fine. It gave us a change to rest for a few minutes and regroup for the second half. All in all a very good double tour.
We really enjoyed the Waimea Canyon...
, Dec. 2013
We really enjoyed the Waimea Canyon. It was a good tour. The River tour was just so-so. Pretty touristy.
Waimea canyon is awesome. The river...
Pradeep K
, Dec. 2013
Waimea canyon is awesome. The river raft was OK. Fern grotto is a disappointment. I would certainly recommend Waimea canyon but one could better utilise the time in the afternoon. The guide was excellent
Loved this excursion. Doing the...
Bruce B
, Oct. 2013
Loved this excursion. Doing the Waimea Canyon in the morning - then taking a lunch break back at the ship - and continuing the tour on the river in the afternoon was an excellent idea. It broke up the trip. Wonderful tour guide.
Awe inspirering Grand canyon of the...
Jacob K
, Oct. 2013
Awe inspirering Grand canyon of the Pacific, well worth the bus ride. Commontary was very good as well. The river cruise and fern gardens are also a worthwhile part of the trip. too bad it rained while we were in the fern gardens, but when your in the land that has 600 inches of rain a year what else can you expect.
Great tour. Enjoyed the blow hole...
, Sep. 2013
Great tour. Enjoyed the blow hole, Waimea Canyon very beautiful and the Fern Grotto was great. I would highly recommend this tour when visiting Kauai.
this tour was brillant and worth...
, Jul. 2013
this tour was brillant and worth every dollar coach on time all staff helpful and most informative even taught us to dance Highly recommended Ann and Mike Henton
Great trip. Our tour guide was very...
Joyce J
, Apr. 2013
Great trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and professional. We think it is unfair that a few complained and they no longer make a stop for lunch but return to the ship for lunch. Since there were 2 buses on this tour, one should stop for lunch and one could return to the ship. Because Noni was born on the island, she was able to share history of the areas that some of the newer tour guides aren't aware of. We would do the tour again and ask for Noni if she was allowed to make the lunch stop.
Reasonable excursion however did not...
, Apr. 2013
Reasonable excursion however did not realise it was in two sessions one in the morning and second in the afternoon
Completed this tour in March 2013...
diane m
, Mar. 2013
Completed this tour in March 2013. Very happy with the morning tour of the area and canyon views. We felt that the afternoon of river cruise to the fern grotto was a waste of our time. very disappointed with not being able to go up to the fern grotto and having to be satisfied with photos at a distance and hawain entertainment on the viewing platform. Not much to see on the river.
Great tour, only the guide's commentary...
Elaine S
, Mar. 2013
Great tour, only the guide's commentary was 'information overload'.

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