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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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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto

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Be a tourist, take the cruise

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kinneylynn
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Belleville, Canada
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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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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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Stoney Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Very interesting and entertaining. Almost feels like you are in the jungle. The scenery is lush and green and the Fern Grotto has excellent acoustics. You are serenaded by local musicians who are quite entertaining. Very nice place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Take a boat trip up the river to see the grotto. The trips have an explanation one way and a musical entertainment the other. The river trip is very interesting. If you feel energetic you can hire a canoe and go by yourself if you want. Once at the grotto it is about a 15 minute walk to the grotto....if... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

The trip down the river in the boat listening to Hawaiian music live and great live commentary. Arriving at the fern grotto a short walk apparently lots of weddings occur here. Relaxing and pleasant.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Took the boat ride to get to the grotto, nice and relaxing journey that takes about 20 minutes. After leaving the boat there is a 5 minute uphill walk but not too strenuous. Once at the grotto there is a talk about its history and a group of singers with traditional music. You cannot enter the grotto anymore due to... More 

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