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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
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Ranked #140 of 164 attractions in Kauai
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: Fern Grotto is a one of Kauai's naturally beautiful landmarks. To get to Fern Grotto a Riverboat ride is required. The river winds through a lava... more »
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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I wasn't going to do this but then I went ahead and did it. I wish I didn't. It was a waste of money. Not much to see and not interesting at all. Money gone down the drain. I would only recommend doing this if you are super bored. You should instead go to the beach and relax

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Detroit, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our first time to the Fern Grotto was 20 years ago on our honeymoon. We were disappointed that we could no longer walk into the cave. According to the guide, there was a period of heavy rain and the boulders on top of the cliff came tumbling down. Now, we can only view the Fern Grotto from a wooden deck.... More

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Folsom, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I took the boat cruise to the Fern Grotto to renew our wedding vows. The boat ride there was very pretty and when we got there started to feel rushed through the experience. The sang the wedding song, we kissed then they expected everyone back to the boats quickly. I felt I spent our money and we... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We enjoyed the boat ride down the river and the fern grotto is interesting but you can no longer go in the actual grotto. Also, it was realy hot when we went, very humid and no breeze so we may have enjoyed it more if it had been a cooler day. The entertainment was good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Take your mosquito spray! Fern Grotto is very pretty, and a nice short hike. You also get to watch Hawaiian dancing and music on the boat ride back.

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Canberra
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

There were mixed reviews in relation to this attraction but we decided to visit as we had an afternoon free. Following a short boat ride up the Wailua river there is a short walk to the grotto. From pictures taken in the early 80's, it seems that the 2 hurricanes and the 42 days of rain that drenched Kauai in... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

For $18 each, got a trip down the river, live entertainment and beautiful views. Plus, picked us up and return to resort

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Sawyer, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Spending a few hours here without bug spray was mistake. But enjoyed the peacocks and many birds and history of the place. Its quiet being away from roads and traffic. Remember the bug spray.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There was a very nice boat ride up the Wailua River to the grotto, you can no longer enter the grotto, but it is still pretty and the park that you can walk through going to and from the boat docks are very nice with a lot of lush vegetation. The guide was very nice and it would be a... More

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Spokane, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is a nice place to visit but with all the build up on our research we were expecting more. The hike in was beautiful but short and you can no longer hike into the grotto itself. Your trip ends a a platform in which you view from a distance. This is an easy trip with those with children although... More

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