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  • Wailua River Kauai
  • Wailua River Kauai
  • Wailua River Kauai
  • Wailua River Kauai

Wailua River Kauai


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Wailua River is a long, slowly meadering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by several tributaries on the way to the ocean. This is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii
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Wailua, East Kauai

Wailua River is a long, slowly meadering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by several tributaries on the way to the ocean. This is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii. Several forks in the river lead to waterfalls and can be easily explored by kayak. The most popular river trip is to the sacred Fern Grotto. Flat bottom cruise boats carry visitors 40 minutes up the river to this natural wonder. The river is a popular site for many types of water activities. Waterskiers can often be seen enjoying this freshwater retreat. At the mouth of the river are several large stones with ancient petroglyphs carvings on them. Viewing of these stones is dependant on the amount of sand in the area. Heavy rains often wash away the sand and reveal the carvings. Kayakers are given their own "lane" on the right side of the river. To see a Secret Falls, take the right fork in the river, about 35 minutes from the mouth. A few minutes later you come to an island. Dock on the right side and follow the trail to this secluded waterfall..

Directions:
The mouth of the river enters the ocean at Wailua Bay near the town of Wailua on Highway 56.

Useful Information:
Cruise boats, kayaks, ski boats, and outrigger canoes can be seen traveling the river
Boat cruises depart from the south side of the river
Kayak rentals are located at the river and nearby
The river is usually very gentle with little current
Fern Grotto and Secret Falls are only accessible by boat along this river
Wailua Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Kauai and feeds into the Wailua River

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