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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 #141 of 165 Attractions in Kauai
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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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Bakersfield, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

As an overall experience (we did the boat tour) the Fern Grotto is average. That said, this is Kauai with incredible beauty and amazing experiences at every turn. If you have the time (we were on island for 10 days) I would recommend the boat tour. Local musicians perform at the Grotto and on the way back. I would liked... More

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Toluca Lake, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We rented a canoe to explore the Wailua River and the Fern Grotto was on the list of things to see. I would say, don't waste your time. I guess in the past this place was something to see, but to find a place to park a kayak or canoe, is not really available. We managed to tip our canoe... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We decided to make a stop here while kayaking the Wailua River and it was a short walk thru the forest to the grotto. There wasn't much to see so unless you're leisurely kayaking, I wouldn't say it's worth the extra trip.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Took the Smiths tour to Fern Gratto. The tour was good. The Fern Gratto was average. Disappointing that you cannot actually go into the gratto. Must view from 50+ yards back.

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Fort Worth
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133 reviews 133 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Took the boat ride up (20 mins), sat at the dock listening to a guy sing and play guitar with a couple of hula dancers for another 20 mins, hiked up to the grotto and found you couldn't get within 30 yards of it. The guides sang the Wedding Song and we marched back to the boats for the 20... More

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Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's not one of Kauai's best attractions but for the money is okay. You get the boat tour, some dancing lessons, a short jungle walk, and the wedding dance show. I hear that you were able to go up to the cave before. That would have made it a bit more memorable.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Like many things on the Hawaiian Islands, the fear of liability has ruined this attraction. You can no longer approach the cave entrance because of rocks falling inside years ago. You get a boat ride up the river and a walk through the jungle, then you view the grotto and cave from 100' away. Save your money.

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Ottawa, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We took a river cruise and grotto visit with Roberts Hawaii. Once we got to the cave we got to take pictures and listen to the Hawaiian wedding song and dance. Seems we can no longer visit the cave So to me it is not worth the visit

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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