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Fern Grotto

Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 56) into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
+1 808-821-6892
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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good28%
  • Average31%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible10%
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Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 56) into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
+1 808-821-6892
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice day way to spend an hour or two while the rest of your family is doing something to adventurous for you! Narration on the trip to the grotto and Hawaiian music and hula dancing on the way back. The state park where the...More

Thank Allen R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THis is not a very expensive place to visit. Overall, it gives you a small taste of Hawaii as you learn a little of the area and are entertained as well. Is it a Vegas show? Definitley not. But for the price it was worth...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go into this knowing what you're going to get based on reviews. If you don't expect more, you will not be disappointed! The grotto is small & pretty unspectacular, but I really wanted to go to be on the river & see it anyway (I'm...More

Thank DebbiedoesUSA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You take a boat to the grotto........after you dock, it is a short walk to get there. Time spent at the grotto is around 15 minutes, of which, a group and dancer does the Hawaiian Wedding song(about 5 minutes). Even with all of the people...More

Thank parrottdize
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxing, informative, beautiful and very friendly staff. The staff played music, danced and told stories, both personal and historical. Thanks again.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We recently took the Smith boat tour along the river and up to the grotto. Boat ride was nice along the quiet river and the hula lessons on the boat ride back made for some interesting pictures. The grotto area was beautiful, but you could...More

Thank Vacationman57
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

You can kayak or take a small boat down river to the fern grotto. It is beautiful and well worth your time to visit one of the many areas in Hawaii that Elvis helped make famous

Thank John A
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We almost skipped the Wailua river boat trip and Fern Grotto visit because we read that it was not wheelchair accessible. Fortunately my husband did a little more research and discovered that the lack of accessibility was only the five or so steps down into...More

Thank Carpe_Diem_Ontario
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

For years, we've been taking the Smith's boat trip to the Fern Grotto. The whole thing takes an hour and a half. You get on the specially designed flat bottom boat, hear traditional Hawaiian songs performed by real Hawaiians, and learn some basic hula dancing....More

Thank BanjobobHouston
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We did the Smith's Wailua River cruise to the Fern Grotto. The fern grotto was beautiful! However, the boat we took to the grotto was full and we all had to queue up to walk to a deck to view the ferns and then follow...More

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How long does it take to kayak to the fern grotto? And is it hard to do for kids?
5 August 2016|
Response from RetiredNTraveling | Reviewed this property |
We didn't do the kayak version, we took the tour boat. Sorry!
Is it far from the car park to the boat ride, my husband has a stamina problem and can only walk about 200yds. Thank You
30 July 2016|
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
From the parking lot to the loading area is just a short walk (20 - 30 yards), with benches to sit on. He could sit there while you walk upstairs to the ticket office to get the tickets. However the benches are not covered... More