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Address: Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 56) into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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$359*
and up
Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

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A historic wedding sight

See where ancient history takes place. Closed off since hurricanes but beautiful walk thru forest. It is a green beautiful lush event

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
60 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

See where ancient history takes place. Closed off since hurricanes but beautiful walk thru forest. It is a green beautiful lush event

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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104 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Loaded up on a large barge like boat. While boating on the river, you are entertained with Hawaiian music & Hula dancing....crowd participation expected. You boat to The Fern Grotto, walk a short path to view the ferns, and enjoy the view while hearing more music & watching more Hula dancing. Info about the area & it's development is given.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great even in the rain. What do you do on a rainy day? Take the Smith Family Tour to the Fern Grotto. The boat is covered yet has open sides for great views. We were entertained the whole time by our talented Hawaiian hosts with both live music and dance. This is an inexpensive tour that was well worth it.... More 

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Shepherd
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Trip was a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Interesting dialogue from guides and Hawaiian music! For the cost it is a worthwhile outing.

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Goodrich, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My husband and differed on rating this attraction. He loved it; I thought it was OK, so we split the rating. This was a boat ride up the river on a covered flat-bottomed boat to a huge cave (but not really a cave; it collapsed in the 90s during a hurricane), but more like a hollow. There used to be... More 

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Honolulu, HI
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29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
84 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
53 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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