The Smith Family operations in Wailua include a river boat tour that takes you up to the Fern Grotto. The tour features Hawaiian entertainers that sing and play ukulele on your way up and down the river as well as the usual information you get from the guide. On the way up the river the boats pass another tourist attraction -- a modern replica of an ancient Hawaiian village. The village has been used as a location for several Hollywood movies.
Once up river you disembark the tour boat and walk a short distance to see the main attraction. While at the grotto the guide provides information regarding the site which is believed to be an ancient religious site, and then the entertainers do more singing.
The grotto itself is not very interesting. I'm not entirely convinced that the boat ride and entertainment make the price of admission worth it.
The seating area on the boats is covered so you won't get wet if its raining.
The grotto can also be reached via kayak, but when doing so you're not allowed to use the main boat dock at the grotto.
Nearby is the Smiths Tropical Paradise which hosts a garden tour, and a luau about three nights a week.
This is another easy waterfall to see and visit since you just drive right up and park to see it. You don't get as close to the falls as you do when visiting the Wailua Falls but its still worth the trip. This is a good rainy day activity on Kauai. There is a lookout across the street from which you can see the Wailua River and a modern day "ancient Hawaiian" village (tourist attraction).
If you continue up the road you'll get to a good picnic spot at the Keahua Forestry Arboretum.
This was a stop on our Kaua'i tour. It is a rather small waterfall, about 150ft. It is one of the easier waterfalls to get to, and I think that is why our tour guide took us here . It was beautiful, but I would much rather see the other waterfalls, since I have never seen one before this one. Stil a beautiful site to see . I just wish we could have gotten closer. This was very far away .
520 Aleka Loop, Wailua, HI 96746
Good for: Families
The fish tacos are great! The atmosphere is friendly, casual, comfortable, and clean.
My wife had the fish tacos, I ordered the mole chicken enchiladas. Both were good, but the fish tacos were better. They have several varieties of margaritas to choose from, and the mango margarita which we ordered was very good. This was one of the best meals we had during our seven day visit to Kauai.
The restaurant is in a small shopping complex, so you can stroll around looking at t-shirts and artwork afterwards.
Favorite Dish: The fish tacos!
If your'e looking for a good picnic spot in the Wailua area then consider the Keahua Forestry Arboretum. As an arboretum its really just a grove of trees at the end of the pavement on route 580. There isn't any information about the trees on the grounds itself (see the website for more info). For picnicking it features picnic tables and pit toilets.
You can park on either side but the picnic area is in the grassy area on the hill on the other side river. We opted to park our rental car on the near side and ford the river after removing our shoes.