Best of Kauai Tour by Land and River

Badge of ExcellencePrinceville, United States

From $194.40

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend a whole day exploring the best of Kauai’s beauty and culture on a tour combining land, water, and aerial sightseeing. Skip the car rental and let a local driver and guide show you the Garden Isle’s top sights, from romantic Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea Lighthouse to a bird sanctuary and historic sugar cane plantations. Catch a boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto for a traditional hula show.
  • Full-day Kauai combo tour
  • Explore the island's top sights by land on a driving tour
  • Learn about Kauai's history and culture from a local driver and guide
  • Ride an open-air boat up the Wailua River to the famous Fern Grotto
  • Watch a traditional Hawaiian show featuring musicians and hula dancers
  • Skip the hassle of renting a car

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select locations on the north and east sides only)
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Waliua River boat tour
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

We pickup from hotels on the north and east side of Kauai at varying pickup times. For guests in Lihue or on the south side--please join the tour at the Wailua Marina. Please call 24-hrs before your tour to confirm pickup time and location.

What To Expect

Fern Grotto

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Opaekaa Falls

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sleeping Giant Trail (Pass By)

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Anini Beach

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by Kauai Luxury Transportation & Tours

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Featured review
Our beautiful day exploring the Northern and Eastern sections of Kauai was made more special by Dome who educated everyone about so many aspects of Kauai. This is a great way to spend part of your day while on the Garden Island.


133 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Lovin’ Kauai!
Daryl_T, May 2023
Fantastic experience. Our tour guide, Do Me was the best! The boat ride with the Grotto, the musicians and the dancer was a nice and relaxing time.
Great tour!
Joann_S, Apr 2023
we had an unbelievable time! Our tour guide was Scott. He was so knowledgable and kind. He gave us a birds-eye view of the beautiful island of Kauai. He took great care of our group and was patient and nice. Scott took extra care to ensure we had a great experience. I highly recommend Scott and the company for a wonderful experience.
Great half day trip!
Thomas_T, Mar 2023
Great trip with the family! Our tour guide (Scott) was very friendly and informative. I enjoyed the fern grotto tour and setting but you could tell the guides have done that trip a million times, felt very robotic. The waterfalls were beautiful and the lighthouse was a great place to visit as we saw a few whales off the point. A couple suggestions, it would be great to have some water in a cooler to offer along the tour, it was very hot and humid on our trip and that would've been nice to have on the bus. For short stops maybe leave bus running for ac. I sat in the back and it was very stuffy most of the day. Overall a great trip and I'm glad I got to see parts of the island I wouldn't have normally got to see.
Excellent tour
Lynn_T, Feb 2023
The boat tour up the Waimea River and seeing the Fern Grotto was excellent. Our Tour guide Scott did a great job touring us all around the island and filling us with lots of interesting information. He was excellent! We are so glad we chose this adventure through Viator!
Great day tour of Northern and Eastern Kauai
Kevin_S, Nov 2022
Our beautiful day exploring the Northern and Eastern sections of Kauai was made more special by Dome who educated everyone about so many aspects of Kauai. This is a great way to spend part of your day while on the Garden Island.
Best way to see the whole island
Suki_K, Nov 2022
Got a tour of the whole island. Our guide, Steve was very knowledgeable and friendly. Had local food on the way. Things I wish I knew ahead of time: -Flip flops are ok! -Wear whatever you want! -Lunch is not provided but they will make a stop on the way. -Tour can run late depending on traffic, weather conditions etc so if you are pressed for time, re-evaluate. -Double check the pick up and drop off hotels, they don’t cover all areas. -starts on time. -carry cash for tips. I am just embarrassed for now being to tip. Our guide, Steve was wonderful. 5 star experience because of him.
Kraig was both a total...
Kathryn_D, Oct 2022
Kraig was both a total gentleman & comedian sharing his knowledge with all those aboard!! Highly recommend this tour for a variety of views & experiences!
Exceptional Enjoyable Experience
Colleen_B, Oct 2022
Dome and Gray were the best guides ever! Very knowledgeable and loved sharing about the island and made learning about the culture very much fun! Lots of details to be able to learn the language and retain the information in a fun way, laughing, singing and repeating the words the proper way. It was amazing to see the mountains, the stories behind them and learn respect for your TuTu and the island. BEAUTIFUL SITES! Great day! So glad we did it!
Great tour
Kathy_S, Sep 2022
Steve picked us up on time which was great. He kept us entertained and informed, and showed us some absolutely stunning Kauai locations.
Great history of the island tour!
Kimberly_T, Sep 2022
The stories and views were all wonderful. The performances on the boat to the Fern Grotto were fun. The lighthouse, birds, and history there were amazing. The stories told were great.
Our trip
Alicia_M, Sep 2022
Loved the grotto. Beautiful plants. The view of the light house was gorgeous. I really liked going to north shore. I really wanted to see Princeville. Loved stopping for shaved ice. The van air conditioner needs serviced. We were in the back of the van and it was really hot.
Worth the money and time!
Sasha_L, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Steve, was hilarious and amazing. He took us all around the island, giving us local history and culture about the island. 20/10 recommend this tour, especially if you can tour with Steve. The group tour was about 6 hours, so it finishes up right when you’re about over the other people on the tour lol. Highly recommend
Must do
ALBA_B, Jul 2022
Domi was fantastic! The history of the the Hawaiian culture vas very educational. My favoyplace was the beach on the north shore and the light house stop
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Glad you had an awesome time with Domi
Fun for the whole family
Karina_F, Jul 2022
The river tour was so much fun and the dancing and singing on board made it lively. Fern grotto was pretty and the staff very knowledgeable. Orlando did our land tour and he was great. Very knowledgeable and showed us many beautiful places. He loves to take family pictures so we all left with beautiful memories to bring home with us. Both were fun and recommended.
A great tour!
Linda_L, Jul 2022
All the history given by guide Domi. Excellent tour guide. Alot of history of the Hawain culture for many years back.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
I'm glad you enjoyed your day. Domi is a true treasure.
Excellent tour with Steve
Arista_C, Jul 2022
Steve was our driver and absolutely the funniest, most knowledgeable tour guide. He went beyond what we expected on a driving tour. Thanks Steve for the great time. -Arista and Shalini
Best tour to begin with
Anne_B, Jun 2022
Domi was amazing! Just loved him! His memory of all of the names was remarkable and made us feel special. The information he shared about the island was interesting. Young and old had a good time.
Rainy weather throughout...
Elaine_L, May 2022
Rainy weather throughout the day, otherwise a fun day. Would recommend as a good way to see sights and get information from the locals.
A Wonderfully Fun Way to see the Island
Kelley_S, May 2022
The tour guide Steve and his personal stories about living on the island. We loved the Chicken in a Barrel lunch stop was fun. The view of the lighthouse from the scenic overlook was breathtaking. We also really enjoyed the Smith’s boat cruise up the Walilua River to the fern grotto. Lots of fun commentary and we all got to practice a hula dance with the family on the way back!
Waist of time
Jeff_J, Apr 2022
Fern grotto and breakfast stories of island, we were very disappointed in the entire tour. We had already seen most everything they showed us.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
I apologize that you did not enjoy the tour. It was a very difficult day for us as we had a fatal car accident that closed our two lane highway and didn't get to show the guest the north shore or the Kilauea Lighthouse. We did our best to show other spots but all in all it was a difficult day.

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