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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
+1 808-821-6892
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Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 56) into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
+1 808-821-6892
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You take a boat to the grotto........after you dock, it is a short walk to get there. Time spent at the grotto is around 15 minutes, of which, a group and dancer does the Hawaiian Wedding song(about 5 minutes). Even with all of the people...More

Thank parrottdize
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Relaxing, informative, beautiful and very friendly staff. The staff played music, danced and told stories, both personal and historical. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently took the Smith boat tour along the river and up to the grotto. Boat ride was nice along the quiet river and the hula lessons on the boat ride back made for some interesting pictures. The grotto area was beautiful, but you could...More

Thank Vacationman57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can kayak or take a small boat down river to the fern grotto. It is beautiful and well worth your time to visit one of the many areas in Hawaii that Elvis helped make famous

Thank John A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost skipped the Wailua river boat trip and Fern Grotto visit because we read that it was not wheelchair accessible. Fortunately my husband did a little more research and discovered that the lack of accessibility was only the five or so steps down into...More

Thank Carpe_Diem_Ontario
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For years, we've been taking the Smith's boat trip to the Fern Grotto. The whole thing takes an hour and a half. You get on the specially designed flat bottom boat, hear traditional Hawaiian songs performed by real Hawaiians, and learn some basic hula dancing....More

Thank BanjobobHouston
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We did the Smith's Wailua River cruise to the Fern Grotto. The fern grotto was beautiful! However, the boat we took to the grotto was full and we all had to queue up to walk to a deck to view the ferns and then follow...More

1  Thank chaurie
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The boat ride here is relaxing and the walk to the grotto is very gentle. The walk is quite pretty as the path is surrounded by lots of trees and plants. The grotto itself is smaller than I expected, but the surrounding rock face is...More

1  Thank Emma W
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I should have read a few of the reviews before...I ALWAYS read reviews though I trusted my parents (as they went there many years ago when you could go to the grotto). Live and learn... :-( Here is the short of it: 1) You can't...More

6  Thank worldtravelin
Reviewed 23 February 2017

as part of the Roberts Kauai tour. Again very lush, green, and beautiful. These are the sights one thinks of when one thinks of Hawaii. The waterfall in the canyon is quite nice. The music show put on by the locals was pretty good as...More

Thank Gaurav S
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What is the price of a seniors ticket for the river cruise?
17 October 2016|
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How long does it take to kayak to the fern grotto? And is it hard to do for kids?
5 August 2016|
Response from RetiredNTraveling | Reviewed this property |
We didn't do the kayak version, we took the tour boat. Sorry!
Is it far from the car park to the boat ride, my husband has a stamina problem and can only walk about 200yds. Thank You
30 July 2016|
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Response from SoCalOregonian | Reviewed this property |
From the parking lot to the loading area is just a short walk (20 - 30 yards), with benches to sit on. He could sit there while you walk upstairs to the ticket office to get the tickets. However the benches are not covered... More