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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
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Description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Not what it used to be.

This used to be a spectacular place with amazing hanging ferns and other plants, and you could go into the cavelike overhang with wonderful acoustics. Ever since Hurricane Iniki... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Humble, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

After reading information that the Fern Grotto is not as impressive as it once was since the hurricanes doing damage, we still decided to go. If you book online at least 2 days before going, you get a 10% discount. Also they give a seniors discount of 10%, making the trip only $18. It was worth it. They give you... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This used to be a spectacular place with amazing hanging ferns and other plants, and you could go into the cavelike overhang with wonderful acoustics. Ever since Hurricane Iniki and then another less powerful hurricane a couple of years ago, nearly all of the plants have been destroyed and now they don't even let you go into the cavelike area... More 

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Koloa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Several reviews mention that the Wailua River is unremarkable, and I just wanted to point out that this perception is due to the vantage you get from Smith's boats, which is what most tourists use to get to the Fern Grotto. Smith's uses covered boats that shut out the views of most beautiful parts of being on the Wailua, which... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The boat ride was disappointing, the grotto itself is beautiful but you cant actually get up close to it anymore. Its definitely very touristy now. The most disappointing part of the whole tour was at the end when we were leaving the grotto the staff decided to have a full out yelling match with each other. We could hear them... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We decided to do the boat tour to the Fern Grotto. The boat ride was boring on not a very picturesque river. The Hawaiian show wasn't anything to write home about and the final destination was sad because you aren't actually allowed into the grotto anymore! So save your money and do something else.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Perhaps we had been sold this trip in such an enthusiastic manor that it fell well short of expectations. The river boats whilst safe are a little tired looking and perhaps they should be replaced. The river trip itself is nothing special however the singing and dancing by the locals did provide an interesting diversion. The fern garden and Grotto... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you have a couple of hours to kill -- perhaps this is for you. It's a boring boat ride on a less that picturesque river with a cliché Hawaiian show thrown in. The Fern Grotto itself is a rock face sparsely covered with ferns -- a five minute stop. I'm sure pictures on the tour sites / brochures date... More 

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British Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We were on a bus tour that included fern grotto so don't know the entry cost. It sounded great, lovely etc but just didn't live up to the hype. Trip down the river not spectacular, best thing to see was the people who had rented kayaks. The entertainers were good, boat ride was okay. Walk up the grotto nothing much... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

To get here we drove past the Coconut Grove Hotel made famous by Elvis and his movie, sadly the hotel is still damaged from an old storm. We joined a river boat to cruise up to the Fern Grotto entertained by Hawaiian Dancers and Singers , on arrival a short walk to the Fern Grotto where one of the Hawaiian... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I loved the concept. The little boat ride was fun, the staff tried really hard to make it fun by cracking jokes and singing/dancing. Oh what a terrible disappointment when we arrived. There were only a handful of ferns and even fewer flowers. The guide said there used to be more but a hurricane apparently wiped it all out. I... More 

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