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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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USD 115.00*
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good28%
  • Average31%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible10%
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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 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
Reviewed 22 February 2017

At $50 a couple... waste of time and money. They shouldn't charge more than $10 a couple. Huge ripoff!! Save your money.... Ill send you a picture of the grotto !!

4  Thank 123K8466EW
Reviewed 18 February 2017

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

2  Thank dwenzel
Reviewed 31 January 2017 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

3  Thank MagsG
Reviewed 25 January 2017 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...More

1  Thank Bubsy_Malone
Reviewed 25 January 2017 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.

1  Thank eacollinsjr
Reviewed 28 December 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...More

2  Thank Kinneylynn
Reviewed 16 December 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....More

3  Thank Catharine B
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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