5 Activity Rating
5 Crew Rating
I was disappionted that we could not get any closer. It reads like we can go inside...
Food and entertainment where Excellent!
I thought it would be more. We just went up to the Fern Grotto, but there wasn't much to see on the way up, and it was only the one thing to view. I found it a little expensive for what it was.
I thought the Luau portion of the combo tour was excellent. But, the riverboat cruise to the fern grotto was misleading. They didn't tell anyone that you could no longer walk through the Fern Grotto until we were all gathered on a platform close by the grotto. So there was very little to see. I had gone before when you could walk through and I had told my companions how wonderful it was going to be. I think they tried to make up for it by having Hawaiian musicans play, but it was basically a 15 min cruise back and forth for almost $50!
Enjoy a Hawaiian lei greeting at your arrival. Luau show includes a spectacular ceremony in a torch-lit Lagoon Amphitheater along the famous Wailua River! The hypnotic presentation of the Luau ceremony begins with the traditional blowing of the conch shell and torch lighting. Then dramatically, Pele, Goddess of Fire and Volcano, emerges out of the darkness from atop a lava flowing mountain, to tell her story. The dances that follow acknowledge all the Golden People of Hawaii, including dances from Tahiti, Hawaii, Philippines, New Zealand and Samoa. This is truly an unforgettable performance!
Guests are welcome to gather around as we unearth the Kalua Puaa (roast pork) from the traditional underground oven (imu), where it has been cooking since early morning.
Menu Garden Isle Green Salad, Poi, Three Bean Salad, Jello, Oriental Fried Rice, Kalua Pig, Teriyaki Beef, Abodo Chicken, Sweet Sour Mahimahi, Macaroni Salad, Namasu Salad, Lomi Salmon, assorted fresh fruits, assorted breads/butter, Snowflake Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, hot vegetable of the day, Coconut Cake, Haupia, Rice Pudding, coffee/punch.
Location: Kapaa/Wailua River
Check-in: Gardens open at 4:45pm
Imu Ceremony: Begins 5:45pm
Cocktails & Music: Begin 6:15pm. Mai tais, beer, wine, standard bar drinks and soft drinks are available throughout the dinner hour.
Duration: 6:15pm - 9:00pm
Days of Operation
• Monday thru Friday (June - August)
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday only (Sept. - June)
Take an enchanting cruise on Hawaii's only navigable river to Kauai's magical Fern Grotto. Enjoy Hawiian history, flora and music along the way. The river winds its way through dense, tropical flora and past areas rich in the history and legends of old Hawaii before arriving at the famous Fern Grotto itself, a lava rock grotto covered with ferns.
The Wailua area itself was once royal grounds in the olden days, and boat operators will share their fascinating stories while family members entertain guests with Hawaiian songs. The destination of the cruise is the famous Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. At the grotto, you will be serenaded by Hawaiian musicians playing traditional, local songs. In this beautiful, tropical jungle setting, nature has formed a natural amphitheatre with acoustics that are remarkable.
Location: Wailua Marina
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Time: Boat departs daily at 9:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:00pm amd 3:30pm, booked check-in times are 30 minutes prior to departure.
Children: 3-12, $10.00 (Children 2 and younger are free)