Day trip

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

4.6 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: Best of Kauai Tours

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Activity provider: Best of Kauai Tours
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From US$ 178.95 per person

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

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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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 on East Shore
  • 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
  • Take an optional 1-hour airplane tour over the island, seeing Menehune Fish Pond, Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast and the North Shore
Full description

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and the lush Waimea canyon. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land, by 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 landing.

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. 

  • 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
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Due to Road Closures, access to Hanalei Bay is not possible
  • Lighthouse is only open Thursdays and Fridays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

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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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August 6, 2022

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.

July 23, 2022

The trip was exactly what we had expected, perfect for my elderly mother. Our guide went above and beyond and entertaining us and staying with us while the road was shut down due to an accident. Trip was supposed to be over around 2 by the time the road opened and he got us back to Princeville it was 5. He still had a long drive home in heavy traffic from the earlier accident. He took everything in stride and with a smile on his face. Thanks Steve.

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April 16, 2022

Product ID: 88826