Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto, Anacapri: Address, Blue Grotto Reviews: 4/5

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The must-see attraction on Capri is the magical Blue Grotto, where visitors take a boat ride through a natural cavern that is filled with an ethereal and eerie light reflecting on the (very blue) water.
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Talia C
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Don’t waste your money or time!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Absolutely not worth it! I’ve enjoyed loads of these kind of boat/cave trips before in other countries but this is nothing in comparison. My boyfriend and I took a boat trip around the island which stopped at the blue grotto (costing £14 each) we waited at the blue grotto in the boat for over an hour to see the blue grotto, people saying it lasts 3 mins are being generous!! You pay another 14 euros, literally go in, turn around in the boat and leave, maximum 90 seconds!! What you get to see in there is nothing but a bit of blue water in the tiny dark cave. It’s all cash only which isn’t noted at any point until you get there, and the boat drivers very aggressively demand tips for the experience. The whole thing is very uncomfortable and awkward and what could be a nice experience is completely exploited by the people running it. I saw a comment earlier saying it seems like it’s run by mafia, which doesn’t seem far off what we saw!

All in all I would avoid at all costs!! A huge waste of money! Instead, go to the centre of Capri. The views are amazing and there’s a chair lift there if you don’t want to walk.

(Also the photos make it look 100 times better than it is in person! It’s actually pitch black in there)
Written October 20, 2021
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BakerBen
Milwaukee, WI8 contributions
Cash Only - Mafia at work
Nov 2020
So - this was a must see for us. One of those things you see in photos and say, "if we go to Capri, we have to do Blue Grotto." OK, fair enough but TAKE CASH. If that seems obvious to you then call me stupid and don't read on. There is NO indication anywhere that we saw that this was a cash only adventure. And our fellow waiting line companions said same. We happened to get there by land at a bad time - many tourist excursions showed up too and they seem to get priority for the gondolas entering the grotto. Fine. So our turn comes. The gondolier paddles to the "pay boat" and we hear "cash only," and abruptly reply you could have signed that at your land pier. We received folded arms and were then ignored by the obstinate Italian and our gondolier immediately paddled back to the pier. THANKFULLY the group of Americans behind us in line were floating alongside us an offered to pay for us. Yay. We had our adventure, the natural phenomena of the grotto is beautiful, BUT (regardless o f the cash fiasco) I would not wait 1.25 hours to see it.
Written October 17, 2021
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,110 contributions
Over rated but interesting
Sep 2021
Once your tour boat gets to the location, one must wait until one of the small rowed boats is available. No organized attempt to apportion access is apparent. It helps to have an aggressive tour boat captain. Transfer into the smaller boat is aided by the operators but could be a challenge in a rougher sea.

The entrance is small and one has to lie nearly flat while the rower times the entrance to the swells and pulls the boat through the opening via a fixed line.

Inside it was a quick circle with a crowd of other boats. The blue light is entrancing but the effect of the experience is lessened by the chaos of the other boats competing for space.

It seems to be a must do place. But it is operated as a tourist trap. A solitary and leisurely entrance would be entrancing. But that is not what you get.
Written October 14, 2021
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Mary Jo K
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Greedy row boat captain
Sep 2021
The Blue Grotto was beautiful. Our row boat "captain" Sergio was super entertaining but kept telling us we need to tip him. When he took us back to our boat we gave him 7 euros for 3 people, then he starting yelling and complaining to our boat driver about Our tip!!! Annoying.....
Written October 11, 2021
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Lukas J
Kretinga, Lithuania3 contributions
Amazing, but a bit overpirced
Aug 2021 • Friends
The cave was really amazing, but a bit overpriced, it cost 14€ for one person and the ride lasted 5 minutes, but i think it was worth it. The glowing water was glorious, but the thing that really amazed me was that the boar rowers sang Italian song and the echo in there made it really fantastic. Our gide suggested us that if you don't want to waste money you can visit the Green Grotto for it was really great there too, but you need to be a good swimmer to get there!
Written August 30, 2021
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dr_tomz
Wolfenbüttel, Germany12 contributions
Pathetic, overrated, and can be dangerous.
Serious safety incident
Aug 2021
You gotta wait for more than 30 minutes on the boat that got you there, in the hot sun, near the cave, before you can actually get on the smaller boat that takes you to the cave. The price is very expensive for a trip that takes a total of about 5 minutes, €14 per person before being told by our guide that he expected a generous tip if we enjoyed the cave. He ended up pocketing €12 as tip (change from the 50 that I paid for the tickets). And the law states that children with European citizenship needn't pay any entry fees, yet we were asked to pay. We didn't get in the water, but the ones who did, ended up paying. We had about 3 minutes inside the cave. I would recommend to avoid this altogether. Besides, two young females in a different group that was on a neighboring boat were sexually assaulted. That was the proverbial icing on the cake.
Written August 27, 2021
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DominiqueVB
Oud-Turnhout, Belgium99 contributions
Beautiful blue
Aug 2021
Booked a boat trip straight when arrived to Capri.
Note that both the trip and actual entrance are paid separately. About + EUR 10 for the ride and then EUR 14 for the entrance.
The boatride is fun but keep in mind that at the grotto itself, it can get crowded with other boat tours, all waiting their turn.
The wait can take a while (for us it took at least 30 min) for what is only about 5 min inside the cave.
There's other rowers inside at the same time and this may take away a bit of the magical feeling and make it feel like a tourist trap.
However, the blue colour and lighting inside is truly beautiful and worth seeing.
Afterwards you can disembark there and take the bus to Anacapri.
Written August 18, 2021
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Tarar
Montello, Italy1 contribution
mesmerizing
Aug 2021 • Couples
athis is something which will take you in its mystery and will be something bever experienced before. One of best things to do in capri. Must ge ry a photo inside and then experience few minutes to cherish forever
Written August 17, 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC173 contributions
actually pretty cool
Aug 2021
There are strong opinions about the Blue Grotto, and they're both right.
If you're short on time or money, skip it. You're in the cave for maybe five minutes and there's nothing to see but the same blue water you've seen in all the pictures.
But if you're able, you should do it. I thought it would be stupid but it ended up being pretty cool, from the floating ticket office to entering the small cave mouth to the electric blue water. It's an experience.
Written August 14, 2021
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Onthemove201107
Brussels, Belgium90 contributions
Waste of time
Jun 2021 • Family
14 eur per person for 3 minutes inside a grotta, with 10+ boats, what a waste of time.

I consider this the nr 1 tourist trap in Capri
Written July 29, 2021
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