Day trip

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

4.5 / 5

64 reviews

Activity provider: Best of Kauai Tours
Day trip

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Activity provider: Best of Kauai Tours

From US$ 189.54 per person

Experience an incredible single-day tour of Kauai's north and east shores. Learn about the island from an expert as you take a river boat cruise to Fern Grotto and visit the Lighthouse.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup available from Princeville to Kapaa, please select your hotel from the list. • 8 AM - Princeville • 8:15 AM - Kilauea • 8:45 AM - Kapaa • 9:15 AM - Smith's Boats at the Wailua Marina


  • Experience Kauai with your guide sharing history and culture of the various sites
  • Visit the best beaches, mountains, waterfalls and sacred ancient Hawaiian sites
  • Take a tour up the Wailua River in an open-air river boat
  • Visit popular North Shore destinations like the Kilauea Lighthouse and the Kilauea Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary
  • Stop and view Sleeping Giant, Hanalei taro fields, Anini Beach, sugar cane fields, old plantations, and other sights
Full description

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and lush North Shore. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land and water. Your day starts as your tour guide picks you up on Kauai's North or East Shore. The comfortable, air-conditioned touring van offers large viewing windows on all sides for you to admire the beaches, mountains, and waterfalls.

Arrive at the Wailua River and step aboard a spacious open-air riverboat for a leisurely journey to the Fern Grotto.

A short walk through the rainforest brings you to one of Kauai's geological wonders, where ferns grow upside down in a natural amphitheater of lava rock – the perfect location to be serenaded and entertained by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. 

Continue your journey to other spectacular sites on the North and East Shores of our beautiful Garden Isle.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off available from Princeville to Kapaa only
  • Guided tour by van
  • Guided river cruise
  • Pickup and drop off from Lihue or South Shore hotels
  • Food or Drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Lighthouse is only open Thursdays and Fridays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 64 reviews

Review summary

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Terrific full day tour! Driver was great, informative and entertaining; he routinely engaged all of us on the tour in his banter. The boat cruise was wonderful. The team that ran that part of the tour was fantastic, incorporating cultural customs with amusing contemporary anecdotes. Would highly recommend!

March 28, 2023

The tour was informative. We enjoyed the fern grotto but were disappointed you can no longer go into the grotto. The entertainment on the river cruise was excellent. I was very disappointed and angry that my booking said we were to take an airplane tour over the island to see the coast and waimea canyon and received nothing that said it had changed and they were no longer running the airplane portion. At the very least I should have been sent an email telling me this so I could have made other arrangements for another helicopter tour.

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March 28, 2023

Full day tour! The river experience was nice and saw some lovely flowers at the Grotto. Our Tour Guide Steve, (who missed his calling as a stand up comic) filled the day with interesting facts on the areas we visited, the culture of Kauai and choose a great place for lunch. He had our entire tour team laughing all day long.

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 88826