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Wailua River Cruise and Grotto

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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
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 12 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWailua River Cruise and GrottoMay 12, 2019

Reviewer: Edward Hopko
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.

4 StarsRelaxing February 16, 2019

Reviewer: Diana Adams
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.

5 StarsShore Excursion Wailuku River CruiseFebruary 16, 2019

Reviewer: Dawn Ercolani
This was a very informative and fun excursion. The employees were very knowledgeable and entertaining.

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.

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