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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*
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Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

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Unfortunately, the ferns are not back to their glory after being destroy by Iniki. The mosquitoes were almost unbearable

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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135 reviews 135 reviews
32 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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189 reviews 189 reviews
50 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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Rock Creek, Minnesota, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, you can visit the Fern Grotto on your own! We rented a kayak from the quaint Hawaiian replica village half way down the river and made our first stop at the Fern Grotto. We timed it in between the big tour boats so we were able to walk through the entire thing and enjoy it by... More 

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laguna beach
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Unfortunately, the ferns are not back to their glory after being destroy by Iniki. The mosquitoes were almost unbearable

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St. Albert, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We made a decision to take this tour on a showery\rainy day and are glad we did! Boats are covered, Tour guide was very informative and the Hawaiian entertainment was very enjoyable. The $20 per person cost is very good value compared to other tours we took. The walk to the fern grotto and the singing of the Wedding Song... More 

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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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186 reviews 186 reviews
104 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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