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Fern Grotto

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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$360*
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Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from...
39%
Ranked #155 of 228 things to do in Kauai
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Shepherd
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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
34 helpful votes 34 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
58 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
84 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 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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209 reviews 209 reviews
53 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

short boat ride, with entertainers and a short hike to the grotto. I was expecting more, but the cost was only $20, pretty inexpensive for Kauai.

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Mission Viejo, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A short boat ride takes you to a path that leads to the Fern Grotto. Wheelchairs will work fine, it is all paved. We enjoyed the dancers and singers on the boat trip. It was a nice experience. $20, less for seniors and young ones is reasonable compared to other attractions locally.

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Peoria, AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I've heard about the Fern Grotto for many years and very delighted to be able to finally see the beautiful area. The soothing boat ride down the river along with live Hawaiian music was so enjoyable. This is great for all ages and the walk to to the Fern Grotto is not that far and there are many photo opportunities... More 

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