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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.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good30%
  • Average28%
  • 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 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

1  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

1  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

1  Thank chaurie
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The boat ride here is relaxing and the walk to the grotto is very gentle. The walk is quite pretty as the path is surrounded by lots of trees and plants. The grotto itself is smaller than I expected, but the surrounding rock face is...More

1  Thank Emma W
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I should have read a few of the reviews before...I ALWAYS read reviews though I trusted my parents (as they went there many years ago when you could go to the grotto). Live and learn... :-( Here is the short of it: 1) You can't...More

6  Thank worldtravelin
Reviewed 22 February 2017

as part of the Roberts Kauai tour. Again very lush, green, and beautiful. These are the sights one thinks of when one thinks of Hawaii. The waterfall in the canyon is quite nice. The music show put on by the locals was pretty good as...More

Thank Gaurav S
Reviewed 21 February 2017

At $50 a couple... waste of time and money. They shouldn't charge more than $10 a couple. Huge ripoff!! Save your money.... Ill send you a picture of the grotto !!

4  Thank 123K8466EW
Reviewed 17 February 2017

the fern grotto is beautiful....but the cost of the tour is a rip OFF.... way to much to boat down a river to a fern grotto.... not happy

2  Thank dwenzel
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5 August 2016|
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Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
We started slightly up river at Kamokila Hawaiian village. From there, it was maybe ten minutes. If you start at the other kayak rental places at the mouth of the river, it will take you longer. There isn't much to see in... More
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