Wailua River Cruise and Grotto

Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto Tour in Kauai (Wai'ale'ale Crater, Opaekaa Falls)
Price: $90.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeScenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromShip Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressComfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.
RestrictionsThis tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to step on and off the boat and walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are on an incline. Smoking is not permitted in the State Park.
Tour Details

Wailua River Cruise and Grotto

The Wailua River is a long, slowly meandering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by many tributaries on its way to the ocean. It is the only navigable river in Hawaii.

For a unique Hawaiian Wailua River cruise, travel upriver to the sacred Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. The grotto is renowned for the Hawaiian musicians who will serenade you with traditional local songs, including the famous "Hawaiian Wedding Song." The superior acoustics within this natural amphitheater greatly enhance the music.

The Kauai tour up the river usually takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes on a long, flat-bottom riverboat, during which you will encounter kayakers, motorboats and water skiers along the way. There'll be many great photo opportunities of tropical grasslands lining the river and the majestic cloud-covered Mt. Waialeale in the background. You will also enjoy the overlook at Opaekaa Falls -- another romantic stop that will surely secure your love of this garden island.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to step on and off the boat and walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are on an incline. Smoking is not permitted in the State Park.
5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  12 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wailua River Cruise and Grotto
May 12, 2019
This was an excellent itinerary, with an excellent guide and a tremendous value. Don't even consider what the cruise ship offers. There were only three couples on our 20 passenger bus. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew quite a lot about the many movies and TV shows that used the island for location shooting.
Reviewer: Edward Hopko
5 Stars
Relaxing
February 16, 2019
The River cruise was relaxing and informative. The walk to the cave was beautiful, paths were good for walking. Grotto is no longer as pictured. It is no longer tall enough to stand in and the ferns although lovely are not as long as they used to be. Nice trip, try to board early enough to sit on the outside benches for better view.
Reviewer: Diana Adams
4 Stars
Shore Excursion Wailuku River Cruise
February 16, 2019
This was a very informative and fun excursion. The employees were very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Reviewer: Dawn Ercolani
5 Stars
Nice relaxing tour
November 11, 2018
We enjoyed the music and the river grotto was perfect.
Reviewer: Irene Groves
4 Stars
Wailua River and Fern Grotto
October 28, 2018
My husband and I both enjoyed this excursion. The bus driver was great, the trip along the river was fun and the visit to the fern grotto was wonderful.
Reviewer: Michael Konarzewski
5 Stars
Wailua River Cruise
April 30, 2018
Enjoyed the casual easy going tour. The hosts were very helpful with people with handicaps. I loved the Hula dance. It was so graceful and the real version of the Hawaiian Wedding Song was well done. Ty M Tassinari
Reviewer: Mil
5 Stars