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.
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.
Reviewer: Dawn Ercolani
This was a very informative and fun excursion. The employees were very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Reviewer: Irene Groves
We enjoyed the music and the river grotto was perfect.
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.
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