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Wailua River Cruise and Grotto

Price: $91.00
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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
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
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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.
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 Stars5Based On 9 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsNice relaxing tourNovember 11, 2018

Reviewer: Irene Groves
We enjoyed the music and the river grotto was perfect.

5 StarsWailua River and Fern GrottoOctober 28, 2018

Reviewer: Michael Konarzewski
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.

5 StarsWailua River CruiseApril 30, 2018

Reviewer: Mil
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

5 Starsriver cruiseMarch 26, 2018

Reviewer: Joan Cox
Fun ride to grotto, learning to hula, enjoyed the Hawaiian singing on the boat. Gorgeous scenery, well spaced restroom stops

5 StarsRelaxing Trip on the Wailua RiverFebruary 15, 2018

Reviewer: Carol Mendoza
We enjoyed the relaxing trip on the Wailua River and the ceremony at the Fern Grotto. Our driver gave us an overview of the island as we traveled from the port to the river, great information and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the singing and dancing while traveling up river. Best of all the walk up to the grotto and back. The only word to describe the landscape is BEAUTIFUL.

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