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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 #137 of 162 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 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
2 reviews
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Smith's Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise. The Smith family began their Wailua River tours in 1946. A two mile cruise to Fern Grotto with narration of history of the area on the way to the landing and music and dancing on the way back. The tours leave four times daily, duration approximately an hour and a half (half hour at... More

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Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is about as tacky and touristy as it gets. We loved being on the River, but that is the only positive thing that I can say. There are so many other wonderful things to do on a Kauai: Allerton Gardens, Na Pali Coast cruise, Wiamea Canyon. Don't waste your time here. If you must go, they will tell you... More

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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Was it top notch? No. But, it was an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. Sure, the voices weren't the best but the singers and dancers gave everything they had and they appeared to genuinely want us to have a good time. The program at the grotto was very nice. A little "down-home" but, after all of the big... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

There were good aspects of this trip, and some that could be improved. Sorry, but the singer was painful to hear. The hula dancer was very good, and the narrator on the return trip was hysterical and full of interesting information. The grotto was beautiful. I agree that the actual visit to the grotto seems anti climatic and rushed, but... More

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