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Smiths Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruis

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Address: Wailua Marina State Park, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
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Nice people, enjoyable boat ride with Hawaiian music. What more do you need with a scenic ride. It looked like lots of work to take same journey in a kayak or canoe. Music was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sonoma, California
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat ride was slow and relaxing but a little boring. The trip started off with a plug for Smith’s luau, along with information on the family business, the gardens, and the wedding packages they offer, which was a little disappointing. Once this was over (about 10-15 minutes) we got to learn a little more about the area. On the... More 

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice people, enjoyable boat ride with Hawaiian music. What more do you need with a scenic ride. It looked like lots of work to take same journey in a kayak or canoe. Music was on way up to grotto and running description on return voyage. After docking you take short walk up paved path to fern grotto. Potential falling rocks... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was really looking forward to taking my kids on this after reading all the positive reviews. Unfortunately, I found the cruise to be pretty boring. My kids ended up asking to play on their ipad half way through. Once we arrived at Fern Grotto, the scenary was beautiful and we got some lovely pictures. I was expecting more, but it... More 

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Thank Jennifer G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the Wailua River Cruise at the end of our Hawaii vacation - After visiting beautiful botanical gardens and seeing spectacular scenery, this river cruise was a bit of a let down. The crew and entertainers did a good job, but there was nothing outstanding. It killed a bit of time before going to the Luau

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Thank Purhl
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the leisurely cruise down the Wailua River with many beautiful sights. We were entertained by beautiful Hawaiian music and dancers on the way. The Fern Grotto was beautiful. Maybe, as some people say, it is not as beautiful as it used to be years ago, but we thought it was worth the trip. We would recommend this trip.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To crowded for my taste. No real time to just wander the grounds at the Fern Grotto. I felt like cattle being herded.

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Starts with a relaxing boat on the river, with Hawaiian performers, and then you arrive, to a beautiful lush garden trail (your guide describes the lush plants / flowers). There is a rushing water flow, right next to the trail, so beautiful! Then you arrive at the Fern Grotto, you learn about Kauai history, and see the beautiful ferns that... More 

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Thank Carol V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My parents and husband and I took the 9:30 a.m. tour this morning (a Sunday). It was a very relaxing and enjoyable tour. My parents are in their 80's, and they were able to do the nature walk. The performers on the boat had great warmth and "aloha spirit." They were very friendly and talented. We learned a lot about... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Old boats with sideways seats meaning you have diffiulty seeing both sides of the boat. A trip lasting 1½ hours being about ½ hour each way by an old river boat and a walk to the Fern Grotto. Apparently people like to have their wedding ceremonies there. I cannot imagine why. The trip is over-hyped.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The Smith family is a delight. They are very affectionate and fun to be around. The music is very relaxing. I am not much for being part of a group of a few hundred people being directed through turnstiles or taught to hula in a group, but I'm glad I went anyway.

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