Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto
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The Blue Grotto is hidden inside a small sea cave. To enter, you'll have to ride on a rowboat and lean back in order to fit through the mouth that’s only 6.5 feet wide. Upon entering, a stretch of darkness opens to a hushed cavern, dappled with silvery reflections and filled with sparkling blue water. An entrance fee is required, which is paid to a floating boat just before you enter. The grotto is also only accessible via a tour of the islands, either from Capri, Sorrento, or Naples. Plan to visit during off-peak season for fewer crowds and shorter waiting times. – Tripadvisor
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  • azgardengal
    Phoenix, Arizona102 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is it worth it
    The blue grotto is very pretty. But what they do not tell you is that the tour companies take you close to the opening. Which is a small hole in the rock that only a row boat will fit through when the sea is flat. If the waves are to high, entrance is impossible. so you may go on a tour with an optional blue grotto and still not be able to see it due to high seas. If you have a good day and you have the option to go, you have to load two to four people off your boat into a row boat with a guide who will row you over to the entrance make you all scooch down flat on the bottom of the boat and lay down, he then r times it perfectly, pulls the parts in the boat, grabs a chain that has been placed on the wall of the cave, and he drops flat and pulls hard when the sea drops to get you thru the opening that is barely bigger than the row boat. Be prepared to get wet and scraped by the rock or chain going over your face. Once inside, many boats are inside, the small shaft of light shines through the pristine water showing off the blue as you look towards the opening. This experience will cost you 15 euro each and a tip for your row boat guide. This would be very special of you found this spot and swam into it. Now it has been made very touristy, kind of a gimmick. So decide for yourself if it's a must see.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey778 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. We came to the blue grotto from a boat, and our guide was able to get us right in to skip the long line. Whether that’s true or not- we were just happy to not wait. From the boat- little individual row boats picked up 4 at a time. Our boat “driver” was incredible. He was so friendly and outgoing. You can tell he was so passionate about what he does and that he enjoys making each experience special for the people he sees. He had us laughing and ensured we had a great time. We layed down in the boat to get into the grotto and once inside it was magical. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s a must see experience and had our adrenaline going!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2023
  • debannsan
    Livermore, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and beautiful!
    If the sun is shining don't miss it. If it's cloudy you won't really see anything. We got lucky and visited on a sunny day and WOW! It looks fake it's so beautiful. The bright blue water looks like Disney made it up, but it's real. You have to transfer from your boat to a rowboat and then lay down on the floor to get into the cave because it's that tight. Inside there's lots of singing in Italian and it's both unique and beautiful. The tour around the cave lasts only about 5 minutes or so but where else are you going to see something like this? We're glad we did it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Alex Z
    Austin, Texas159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool experience, worth the time to do once
    Worth the time to get out there once, but bring cash for entry and be prepared to wait a bit once you get there to jockey past the many boats while you wait for a paddle boat tour. Once you get inside it's beautiful and a unique experience - emperors swam in that grotto, which is really cool! - But it is a bit crowded.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • CLoo
    11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware that some rowers demand tips
    It was quite a unique experience. The cave is very pretty and magical. However, the person who row the boat where I was at demanded a 10euro tip, which is very much a bummer of this experience. I had paid the entry of 18euros and a 10euro tax..
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • pickering5
    Pickering, Canada132 contributions
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    Awesome experience!
    We were lucky to experience the Blue Grotto as part of a semi-private boat tour to Capri. Our captain asked if we'd like to visit the Grotto so he stopped for us. We were also fortunate that the water level allowed for us to enter. Friends of ours were unable to go in only a few days later because the water was too high. There a number of small boats waiting outside the Grotto to transport visitors from their larger boats. They take you past a boat where you pay the 18 Euro entry fee. Take cash if you want to go. The rower was very helpful in letting us know how to sit in the boat to be safe and have the best experience possible. The time inside the Blue Grotto is not very long, maybe 5 minutes, but it's for the experience. Very glad we did!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Abs359
    71 contributions
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    Pretty but not worth it
    I visited as part of a boat tour, we had to wait for over an hour alongside a lot of other boats until it was our turn to go. No option to wait ashore. We climbed from our boat into a small rowboat for going into the grotto, which cost 18 euros on top of the tour price. This transfer was a bit difficult, particularly as the waves were a bit choppy, and I'm not sure how they manage this for those less physically able. Everyone I saw transferred to the rowboat in the same way. I was also asked to sit in a space with a couple which meant I had to lie on them going in and out the cave for safety reasons. Quite awkward as we didn't know each other. You only get a few minutes in the grotto, which is very pretty. The guide with us offered to take photos which was kind of him. Overall, I wouldn't say it's a must see when visiting Capri. There is a lot of waiting for such a short time inside the grotto.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • CasualHockeyFan
    San Jose, California752 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blue Grotto - experience, cost & travel
    Visiting the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra) is a great experience, but definitely not for those who suffer from motion sickness. There are 2 ways to visit. The traditional way is to take a 30 - 40 person boat from Marina Grande, to the grotto (travel time 15 - 20 minutes) then wait your turn (up to an hour) bobbing around until you climb into a 4 person row boat to enter the grotto. The other way is to take a bus / taxi to Capri, switch to another bus / taxi to Anacapri, and lastly walk 3.5 km (2+ miles) or take a bus to the stairs leading to the landing at the entrance to the grotto. Once you're in the row boat, they take you to an anchord boat to pay, and then it's in to the grotto. Be prepared to lay down on the floor of the row boat, as the height of the entrance to the grotto is no more than a 90cm (3 feet) above sea level. Quite a magical place inside, and I didn't find the singing and commentary as cheesy as some have suggested. Be prepared to pay €100+ per person if you're coming from the mainland. You'll pay for a ferry to the Isle of Capri (€54 from Salerno), ferry to the Blue Grotto (€27), fee to enter the grotto (€18) and tip for your rowboat "captain" (€10). Lastly, in the summer, tickets for the ferry to the Isle of Capri need to be purchased 2 - 3 days in advance. The other tickets, buy on the day to make sure the grotto is open.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • marie R
    Manchester, United Kingdom42 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for people nervous of water, OR nervous to transfer from boat to boat.
    We took trip to get away from the crowds, and my husband loves caves so I went along too. We can both swim, neither of us concerned going out the first boat that carried about 12 of us to the Blue Grotto. You pay twice for this trip once to get to the grotto €21 each. Then you pay another €18 to go into Grotto. There is card machine set up on a static boat to take your next payment. When you arrive, there are queues of boats and people waiting to transfer into a fisherman's rowing boat. We waited about an hour for our group to get onto the smaller fisherman's boat. Each fishermans boat takes 3 or 4 people. On another boat, while we were waiting, a lady fell into the sea transferring from the larger boat to the small fisherman's boat. It took longer than it should to get her out. Nobody fell in from our party but these are small fisherman's boats and even on a calm sea, they bob around alot. 2 ladies from our party were sick after their experience. On our return trip we also transferred 3 people from a waiting boat, with one lady in blind panic. The fisherman that took us into the Grotto then put pressure on for a tip, so you need to be aware. I was so sorry for the lady that fell in, and the ones who were sick. All the detail isn't given when you book. IF you are at all nervous or don't like the idea of transferring between boats without life vests, then this trip is not for you.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • NJCricketer
    535 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early on a small boat! Persistence pays!
    We had heard of people being unsuccessful on multiple trips. We were assured by Capri Bell that going by an 8.45 am boat would help us see the Blue Grotto. We were up early and checked out of the hotel, stored bags and found that there was no 8.45 boat (probably lack of passengers). They put us on a 9.15 boat which reached the grotto at around 10 am. It had too many passenges and there was no way these passengers would get on a smaller boat to see the grotto. So the boat went back to the starting point much to our disappointment. When we complained, they put us on a smaller boat which did not reach the grotto until 10.45am and by the time we got into the grotto it was past 11.30 am. We should have started on the smaller boat right at the start. The grotto visit was short but nice - again once in a lifetime experience so you pay for that - it would have been sad if we weren't able to get in after checking out so early.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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Ksparks
Amalfi, Italy20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I would not recommend this at all, it costs €14 per person to go on a two minute boat ride inside the grotto. In our case, as soon as we boarded the boat, the rower ordered us to give him a tip at the end. Once inside, some rowers were singing while others including ours were chatting amongst themselves which made this very unpleasant due to the loud echos. Our rower explained something to us in really poor English, and we didn’t understand a word of it. I appreciate that some people aren’t fluent in English and that is not the problem here. The problem was the attitude of the rower who demanded we give him a good tip for a ‘good tour’ at the end (as well as telling us to do so at the start of the tour). I only wanted to give €2 and he was very rude insisting he didn’t want coins, only notes. At this point I refused to tip him. It’s all a scam because the singing and everything they provide you with is included in the €14 entry fee so there is absolutely no need for a tip especially if the service is terrible.
Written July 18, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Our experience was great. We came in early July when the tourism was still relatively slow after the lockdown. We came with the tour boat. I assume they cooperate with the blue grotto boatmen so everything was fast and efficient. The boatman approaches to whomever wants to go in, taking two people at the time only, you pay at the special boat for the entrance (cash only) and you are “suggested” to leave a tip. You have to lay flat on the bottom of the boat not to hit your head when you enter and it’s very exciting and adventurous. After you enter the cave, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of the water. The blue is so unique and bright! Wow! The boatman makes a big circle and whistles songs. It creates a mysterious kind of mood. Unfortunately, this trip is short. You are inside only for a few minutes. Basically you have time to get impressed, try to record these memories and you are out while you are still all full of emotions. We gave our guy a 10€ euro tip, but we saw others mostly giving change. Not sure what is fair here. I wish we could stay inside the grotto for much longer and admire calmly this little nature’s miracle, but considering that there is a limited amount of boats allowed in the cave and your tour boat will never leave if everybody would be staying there for a long time, it was understandable. We personally were very happy we made it because we were following Facebook updates and in July the Blue Grotto was open only 5 or 6 days. We were lucky to visit on one of those days and we think it was totally worth it.
Written September 16, 2020
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Frank C
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Yeah its a designed scam. I started reading the reviews as I was sitting on the boat to "blue gratto". I read that you would have to take a second boat to actually get to blue gratto at an additional charge, and that you would be waiting anywhere from 1 to 2 hours once you get there. I then asked the captain if I could have my money back and get off the boat since people were still boarding and we had not left the dock at that time. The captain refused.

Why do I call it a designed scam...
When I purchased the tickets I asked how long it would take to get back. They told us 1.5hrs. When the boat of 60+ people pulls up to Blue Gratto, the captain basically talks you out of visiting Blue Gratto. They say "it will take 1 to 2 hrs to wait in line, and the boat that takes you into blue gratto only allows you to spend 3mins in the cave" The captain then says "show of hands who wants to wait 2hrs in the sun for 2mins in the cave". Me being who I am I raise my hand and say I still want to do it. No kidding, I'm the only one with my hand raised.
Long story short we made it back to Port in 1.5hrs. They bring you there knowing they are going to talk you out of it.

Blue gratto looks beautiful. Maybe look for a more personalized tour. But please do not buy tickets from the ticket booth with the BIG "Blue Gratto Tour" sign. They are situated in the Port as soon as you get off the boat.
Written July 17, 2022
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Wanderer380367
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We booked a group boat (Capri Bell) tour around the Capri Island that included the visit and optional Blue Grotto boat experience. I recommend to take the tour as early as posible, we went in the 9:30 am tour (consider “island time”…they depart whenever they want). But it is worth, the trip is nice for a 20 Euros fee and will take you to the Blue Grotto. Be prepared to wait since every boat has to wait it’s turn to disembark the people to take the little boats that takes you inside the Grotto. The fee for this is not included and you have to pay 15 euros cash to the local boat. The experience is amazing, they take you in and if you are lucky enough they can let you swim inside the Grotto. If you are in Capri this is a must do.
Written August 17, 2022
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
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Sep 2020
Was planning to go as had heard it was the number 1 site on the island. Seems to be completely overrated. I was not even impressed with the postcards or pictures I saw... You pay 14 eur for a 4 min trip inside the cave. If it is windy and big waves (like on the day I was there), you really have to keep yourself ducked inside the boat, and will be impossible to even get a good picture with a decent big camera, due to the constant moving... Honestly, you can save these 14 eur! I have to agree with some people saying it is better to spend tis money on the chairlift to Mount Solaro. Totally agree!
Written October 16, 2020
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BakerBen
Milwaukee, WI9 contributions
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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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William B
San Francisco, CA174 contributions
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Jul 2022
this is important - have your hotel check to insure the boats will be able to get into the Grotto. Also when you are in the boat (which is very small) tip your guide 15-20 euro and you will stay longer than just rowing around and out. We worked thought the hotel to book a boat rip around the island and the blue grotto. I would recommend booking a boat trip around the island. It is beautiful from the sea.
Written August 30, 2022
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Laurie M
Rome, Italy75 contributions
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Oct 2020
We rented a private boat tour from Sorrento to Capri on a gorgeous fall Sunday. As we rounded the blue grotto I was amazed and not expecting to see it! Our boat captain told us as there was no line to go in and we should take advantage, so we did. We climbed off the yacht (without our shoes!) into a tiny wooden rowboat with a charming Italian rower who promised we would have a good time and he would sing to us beautiful Italian songs. We rowed over to another boat that was docked, to pay I think 14 euros each. We then went through the tiny rock opening and into a stunning bright blue grotto where we rowed around for maybe 5 minutes, the rower took some photos of us, and as promised, sang a few beautiful songs. So the experience is very short but unforgettable. If you are prone to complain about the price (30 American dollars for 2) or the very short experience, do not go! Leave it to the rest of us who appreciate a once in a lifetime, romantic opportunity!!
Written October 14, 2020
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GrandTour699507
8 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Family
very expensive visit and extremely short hours in a line just fot 5 minutes artound in the cave . the cave is beautiful ondeed. the gondoliery ask you for an extra trip after the already robbed you withe price . avlid thevplace use you time to visit aother place you will have a better feeling
Written February 1, 2020
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Michael
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Jul 2022 • Couples
Small boat drivers who row you into the grotto which takes about 3/5mins. Spend there time harassing you about a tip. You pay 14€ to get in and then they want 10€ per person as a tip absolute scam ! COWBOYS ! you are literally in this little row boat for 3minutes. waste of time ! Don't do it. The little boat drivers must be loaded. They start shouting and abusing people who don't give a big enough tip.
Written July 17, 2022
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