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Fern Grotto

Address: Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 56) into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
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Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from...
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Ranked #108 of 145 Attractions in Kauai
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Honolulu, HI
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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you're kayaking this river, it's difficult to park your kayak and get out to explore this attraction. First, I thought this was something we could paddle through (think little mermaid) but it was an island you have to leave the river to walk around. It's nice and cool, lots of shade which is nice if it's a hot day... More 

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Strathfield, Australia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
57 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I went here as part of an organised tour and I have to admit that I would not have found the grotto if I had not been on the tour. I was blown away by the beauty and scale of the grotto. I can only imagine what it would have been like when the water fall as at it's peak... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Took the cruise as part of a bus tour. Might be suitable for chumps. Lots of singalong in a covered boat which doesn't allow you to see the mountains. Kinda defeats the whole purpose. Take the kayak tour instead...

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Kailua, Hawaii
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81 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you are trying to round out your Kauai experience with some Hawaiian culture, the Smith's Fern Grotto tour will give you a nice little boat ride and a little dancing and singing. It was overall, kind of hokey. I had previously kayaked to the fern grotto and I remember being able to walk up into the grotto (this was... More 

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Birmingham, Michigan
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54 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The Grotto can only be reached by kayak or boat. The Grotto itself is pretty nice, but the journey to it is what I enjoyed even more. We went by kayak. There is also a large boat that takes about 50 people (I think it is called Smith's Boats).

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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

short boat ride, with entertainers and a short hike to the grotto. I was expecting more, but the cost was only $20, pretty inexpensive for Kauai.

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Mission Viejo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A short boat ride takes you to a path that leads to the Fern Grotto. Wheelchairs will work fine, it is all paved. We enjoyed the dancers and singers on the boat trip. It was a nice experience. $20, less for seniors and young ones is reasonable compared to other attractions locally.

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Peoria, AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I've heard about the Fern Grotto for many years and very delighted to be able to finally see the beautiful area. The soothing boat ride down the river along with live Hawaiian music was so enjoyable. This is great for all ages and the walk to to the Fern Grotto is not that far and there are many photo opportunities... More 

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Kingston NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a great tour to do as a nice introduction to Kauai or with a group of people of all ages. It is a very safe pleasant boat ride up the river and an easy walk to the grotto. It is very pretty and a good photo opportunity. Hawaiian music and dancing (with instruction if you feel like participating)... More 

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West Wareham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We did this boat tour on our last day on Kauai and glad we did. It was very informative and fun. The Smith family was so warm and personable. It made our honeymoon extra special to learn the history of the fern grotto and have the Hawaiian wedding song sung to us. We highly recommend this tour.

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