Fern Grotto Tours on Kauai

Aloha from Kauai!

The Smith Family Garden Luau, Wailua River Tour to the Fern Grotto and the Family Gardens are temporarily closed until further notice. We are working on a plan with the guidance of our State and Local authorities to determine an opening date. (We hope to open in September.)

Travel restrictions to Hawaii along with potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in Hawaii were key factors in our decision as we protect the well-being and safety of our guests, our family and our community. We appreciate your understanding and support.

Due to uncertainty related to this event, reservations made through August, 2020 are subject to change.

Guests who have already purchased your tickets for our family’s attractions during the closure period will receive a full refund or be rescheduled to a later date of their preference. Please email us at smiths@aloha.net or call us at 808-821-6895 to cancel or reschedule. Guests who have booked through an outside vendor will need to contact the supplier directly to receive a refund. All reservations that are not exchanged or cancelled while we are closed will be automatically refunded within a few days of the activity date.

Mahalo, Kamika Smith, General Manager


A Journey of Songs and Legends
Tour Kauai’s Famous Fern Grotto with Smith’s

Smith's Fern Grotto Wailua River CruiseSharing Songs and Legends of the Wailua River Valley is a Family Tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, started our family business with a small rowboat and a borrowed outboard motor. Four generations later, we continue Grandpa’s tradition of sharing our love of Kauai and its rich cultural heritage.

During the two mile river journey, you’ll hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii — like the King’s Highway, sacred Mount Kapu, and the First Hau Tree. In addition, guests enjoy learning the hula during a lesson provided by one of our cousins. Everyone gets into the act during the river cruise!

Smith’s famous Wailua River cruise boats are powered by an ingenious rear-engine system invented by Walter Smith, Sr. The spacious, open-air boats provide excellent views from either side during the trip upstream.

The Wailua River is known as “the only navigable river” in all Hawaii. The river’s fresh water pours down from Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest spots on the planet. Lands along the river were the sacred capital of ancient Kauai and the birthplace of the island’s ali‘i, or royalty.

At the Fern Grotto landing, you’ll enjoy a short nature walk through the rainforest to the lush Fern Grotto.

The Fern Grotto is a geological wonder of Kauai. Ferns grow upside down from the roof of the grotto, which was formed millions of years ago. Native Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic tropical plants provide a rain-forest atmosphere.

The entire tour takes one hour and 20 minutes round-trip.


Watch Video Highlights of the Wailua River Cruise


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