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 40 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.
Reviewer: John Monohan
Very good guide, very relaxing cruise and amazing and beautiful grotto. The hawaiian music played was great
Reviewer: John Norris
Kauai is stunning. We hit a lucky day, where the visibility was good. Beautiful waterfalls, and a nice boat trip (with hula dancing as entertainment).
It was a great calm river cruise with a beautiful waterfall and Hawaiian dance at the waterfall