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 5 Reviews Review This Tour
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.

4 StarsGrotto cruiseJanuary 15, 2018

Reviewer: Gary Gebo
We were met just off the boat by Edmonds, who was pleasant and made us feel at home. The cruise was relaxing and had 3 Hawaiian musicians on board for entertainment.

5 StarsWailua River Cruise and GrottoFebruary 03, 2017

Reviewer: John Monohan
Very good guide, very relaxing cruise and amazing and beautiful grotto. The hawaiian music played was great

5 StarsVery nice short tripDecember 23, 2016

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).

5 StarsA worthwhile river cruiseJanuary 03, 2015

Reviewer: Irene
It was a great calm river cruise with a beautiful waterfall and Hawaiian dance at the waterfall

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