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Wailua River Cruise And Grotto

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Enjoy an easy river cruise down the Wailua River to the botanical beauty of Paradise Garden.

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 of your Wailua river cruise. You will also enjoy the overlook at Opaekaa Falls -- another romantic stop that will surely secure your love of this garden island.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $90.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
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.