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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
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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.

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My fiancee and I took a double kayak to the grotto. Getting out at the dock is a bit tricky, but if you use the side with the tires then move the kayak to the side it's easy. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bubsy_Malone
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Springfield, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the fern grotto is beautiful....but the cost of the tour is a rip OFF.... way to much to boat down a river to a fern grotto.... not happy

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For 25 dollars each on the boat to the Grotto , quite frankly a complete rip off . Overpriced for 15 minutes down the river to a cave that you could hardly see . No wildlife on the river, really not worth it at all

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancee and I took a double kayak to the grotto. Getting out at the dock is a bit tricky, but if you use the side with the tires then move the kayak to the side it's easy. The walk is short and well with it! It's simply amazing there!

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Hawthorne, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They do pack people into one boat. It was lovely scenery and a leisure stroll up to the Fern Grotto by foot. Inexpensive and worth the effort.

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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Yes, this is very touristy, but the cruise up the river is relaxing and you get treated to live music. The grotto itself is slowly returning to its former splendour, but is still a lovely site to see. We got discounted tickets off of a Hawaiian tourist website and enjoyed a relaxing morning being tourists to counteract our otherwise busy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

There was a band on the boat with wonderful singers who performed and hosted the boat ride. It was charming and a mellow and pleasant way to travel to the grotto. The staff were all lovely and funny. It was a quick, beautiful afternoon activity. We loved it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We rented a canoe from the little Hawaiian village and paddled the short 5 minutes upstream to Fern Grotto. It was a really short distance, but the canoe "parking" was very limited- and there was only 1 other canoe there! The little walk to the grotto was really pretty with lots of red flowers. The grotto itself wasn't too impressive... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Did this trip just over a week ago. Not worth $20 & I wished we had spent our time & money elsewhere. There is very little to see @ the Grotto because ferns have been decimated by a hurricane.

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

After riding the Smith Family boat to the Fern Grotto landing, you are met by other members of the company and accompany you on the short walk to the grotto. Arriving at the Grotto, we were met by even more company members, who gave a history lesson of the area and a short song/hula exhibition. Due to possible danger you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

We took the Smith family river boat ride to Fern Grotto. The boat was covered so even though it rained the whole ride up, it was comfortable. The tour conductor talked about the flowers, wildlife, and history that we could see during the ride. Then we walked up a short way to the lovely Fern Grotto; sometimes people get married... More 

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