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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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Fort Worth
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 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 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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11 attraction reviews
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
29 helpful votes 29 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 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 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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40 helpful votes 40 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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