Fern Grotto
Fern Grotto
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Theresa D
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I knew this was a gamble based on the other Tripadvisor reviews, so my expectations were a little low. I agree with others that the facilities and boats seem a bit outdated and worn. I took a tip from another Tripadvisor review to use this excursion on the day of our departure from Kauai as a way to leisurely kill time until we had to head to the airport. It served that purpose.
Written 23 February 2024
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roziet4422
Highland, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The river trip was amazing and the guides were very informative. I loved the music and their sense of humor. Plenty of opportunity to take photos.
Written 10 January 2024
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Bradley S
Honolulu, HI5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Tiresome shtick by captain
Inaccurate information.
Volume earsplitting
We felt trapped and miserable.
It was all just so sad.
As locals we were embarrassed to have brought visitors
Written 8 November 2023
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Kim S
Wisconsin382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The boat ride to the grotto was filled with history and stories of the River and family business. Once at the shore, it was an easy walk to the grotto where we had a quick entertaining show and more history. When we returned to the boat, we had musical entertainment on the ride back to the dock. Perfect way to see the grotto and learn more about Kauai.
Written 3 November 2023
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Marian C
Bainbridge Island, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A short walk off the boat to view the Fern Grotto, a place in the rainforest where ferns and other plants grow upside down! Relaxing and fun for all:-)
Written 17 September 2023
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rccarl2018
Tucson, AZ6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited Kauai for two days from our cruise ship. Renting a car is by far the most cost effective way of touring the islands. Kīlauea Point NWR, Smith Family Luau and Waimea Canyon were the top stew. The only problem we had were that decent restaurant are hard to find and the snorkeling guide websites visiting Kauai are badly out of date.
Written 12 August 2023
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Trip597356
West Chester, OH200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had visited 20 years ago on our honeymoon, so we wanted to come back with the kids. While it is true that the boats are very old and you can’t get as close to the grotto anymore, it is a good mid-day activity for families wanting to get kids out of the sun for a couple hours. We went on a 2pm tour and the boat was only lightly loaded… about half full (maybe 20-30 people). The grotto itself definitely has seen better days… many of the ferns on the outside of the grotto are gone…they have planted a lot of lush plants around the grotto, but the grotto itself if not as impressive as it once was. Still, the commentaries are good and they do have hula entertainment, using traditional hula instruments. They also teach everyone the hukilau hula on the way back. We went to the Lydgate Park ahead of this for some shady running around for the kids, and this was another cool afternoon activity.
Written 21 June 2023
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Loretta T
Bothell, WA212 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Not worth the money. The grotto has seen better days. The ride was just ok, and not very far. I wasn't impressed with the singing or dancing. We were there in March so our boat was not full. Once was more than enough.
Written 8 June 2023
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A P
33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Well, I wish I read the earlier reviews here on Trip Advisor, because the tour wasn't worth the $30 per person at all. First, the benches in the outdoor waiting area are filthy, the wood is rotten and covered in bird poo and dirt. It's best to stand out in the sun, but that may not be an option for those with trouble standing. The boats are quite rusty and very old. Despite the boat captain saying the boats had just been inspected, they had trouble right after we left the dock. This required asking people at the back of the boat to get up and move, so someone could go fix what seemed to be an engine or mechanical problem. The boat exhaust fumes were overwhelming the entire trip up and down the river. When we disembarked to see the Fern Grotto, a man was saying something (instructions, history?) but we couldn't hear him (along with everyone else in the back). They really need a megaphone bullhorn or something to ensure people can hear. When we finally reach the Fern Grotto, we all have to stand on a tiny platform to view it for 5-10 minutes. Then they proceed to start talking and singing, but we could not understand what was being said because they had nothing to amplify the sound. We head back to the boats for the return trip, and they sings songs for married people. So, it seems this tour is really for married people. Someone said that the song they sang at the Fern Grotto was a wedding song, so I guess that's the focus for this tour. The rest of us should avoid.
Written 6 May 2023
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qzxyw
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was ridiculous. I very seldom leave reviews but I want people to know what to expect. They packed 2 large full boats onto a small wooden platform to view the grotto. Some people did not even fit, they had someone speak but most people could not hear. It could have been a good experience if they had broke this group into 4 separate groups.
Written 17 March 2023
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