Cruise Ship Excursion: Kauai – Waialua River Cruise & Fern Grotto

Wailua, United States
Kauai Shore Excursion Waimea River Cruise and Fern Grotto

From $99.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend a delightful day exploring the natural and cultural wonders of Kauai on this shore excursion featuring the magnificent Wailua River and Fern Grotto. As you cruise down the sacred Wailua River and soak up the serene beauty of Fern Grotto hear about the sacred capital of ancient Kauai and the birth place of the island's ali'i, or royalty.
  • Shore excursion to discover Kauai's spectacular natural beauty
  • Cruise down Wailua River to see Opaekaa Falls and Fern Grotto
  • Free port pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup point

  • Pier

Start time

02:30 PM

Pickup details

This tour only pick-up is at the pier.

What To Expect

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.

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.

Opaekaa Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Wailua River State Park

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fern Grotto

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Operated by Roberts Hawaii

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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41 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 41 reviews
Beautiful scenery!
Tina_F, Jul 2023
Our tour made a stop to biew the river and nearby waterfall in the way to the river cruise. Took River cruise to fern grotto and Viewed the beautiful fern grotto while being serenaded by Hawaiian women. Memorable and lovely. On the way back we learned a hula dance and we’re entertained by local Hawaiian women.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Aloha Tina, Thank you for sharing your review about the memorable tour. Enjoy the rest of your Cruise and we hope to see you again soon. Mahalo again,
Great Experience! Great...
Rachel_L, Jun 2023
Great Experience! Great Guide! Would do again! As described. Fast and efficient pickup/drop off. Thanks
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Aloha Rachel, Thank you for your wonderful review. We hope to see you again soon.
Full refund due to weather conditions.
Marie_M, Dec 2022
The tour was cancelled due to weather. No issues with a full refund. So glad the refund occurred quickly. We hope to go in the future.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Aloha Marie, Yes, although we cannot control the weather. A quick full refund we can control and we hope to see you again soon under better weather conditions. Mahalo,.
Terrible Company and would not recommend them.
Robin_W, Nov 2022
I did not have a great experience because I wasn't allowed to take a trip that I booked back in August. At the time of my reservation I did not see that it was affiliated with a cruise ship. I wasn't on the cruise which eliminated me from going on the tour even though I paid for it back in August. We were willing to take the tour, but tour company would not lets us take the tour. Viator and Roberts Hawaii kept telling me to contact the other vendor. Neither Viator or Roberts Hawaii had any interest in refunding $154.00. They cancelled on us. We didn't cancel, we just wanted to get on the tour. I lost my husband in May 2022. My friend took me to Kauai in November for relaxation as I'm learning to live without my husband, and simply a nice getaway as winter sets in Washington.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Aloha Robin, My apologies for the mix up on the Viator Website. You booked the Kauai Shore Excursion designed for the guess on a cruise ship Pride of America. You should have been refunded and I'm following up on your refunded for you. I can be reached at sightnsea@Robertshawaii.com if you have any questions. Mahalo,
Great tour
Janine_R, Sep 2022
The view of the Wailua River was spectacular. Our tour driver Leon was informative & friendly. Beautiful flowers & trees on the way to the Fern Grotto.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Aloha Janine, Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate your time and hope you enjoy the rest of what Kauai has to offer. Mahalo again,
Your great- scheduling awful
Jennifer_K, 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.
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...
Denise_A, Jan 2017
Really enjoyed the tour of this island. Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto is a must see.
A breath taking experience the...
AnnetteF_D, 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...
tania.plunkett, 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...
helenlouiseshea, 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.
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...
Doug_B, 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...
Roger_R, 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...
John_F, 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.

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