Duration: 6 hours
Tour Code: NAW-009
Admire the endless beauty of Kauai by cruising through the jungle to the Fern Grotto, exploring a wildlife refuge and stopping in an idyllic bay in the shadow of lush mountains.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north to a marina on the Wailua River, one of the few navigable waterways in Hawaii. Starting high atop Mount Waialeale in the center of Kauai, the river tranquilly weaves through 20 miles of thick jungle.
While cruising, you will stop at the geological wonder Fern Grotto, a lava-rock cave covered with tropical flora. Being a natural amphitheater, the grotto provides a wondrous setting and fine acoustics for the musicians who will serenade you with traditional Hawaiian tunes.
Continuing on, you will head toward Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge to see its towering lighthouse and bird sanctuary. The refuge’s ocean cliffs and grassy slopes provide a fine habitat for some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Hawaii. Be on the look out for red-footed boobies, Laysan albatross, and wedge-tailed shearwaters.
Then, after an island picnic lunch on Anini Beach, you will be treated to a view of beautiful, crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay and its signature pier. The landmark Waioli Huiia Church stands nearby, a reminder of the missionaries who settled here in the 1830s.
Finally, you will depart the North Shore and return to Nawiliwili, but not before stopping for photos of the 150-foot Opaekaa Falls. Opaekaa means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking that includes some uneven terrain and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those who must utilize a walker. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, weather appropriate clothing (participants should be prepared for the possibility of rain); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.