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Fern Grotto

Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
+1 808-821-6892
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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River
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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good31%
  • Average28%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
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Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
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+1 808-821-6892
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"wailua river"
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"hawaiian music"
in 18 reviews
"hula dancing"
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"boat trip"
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"walk up"
in 8 reviews
"old hawaii"
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"paved path"
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"short hike"
in 5 reviews
"take photos"
in 4 reviews
"riverboat"
in 8 reviews
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"kiss"
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"elvis"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife is a big Elvis Fan. SO when we went to Hawaii, of course, we made plans for the Fern Grotto. What a disappointment for my wife. While she understood that times and places change, if they had told us that the Grotto had...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun slow ride up to Fern Gully. Almost more fun watching the paddle boarder's fall off their boards as our wake hit them, although it wasn't much of a wake we made. The entertainers engage everyone to get up and learn a...More

Thank Susie P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very low key, and relatively inexpensive activity- for Kauai. It is pretty going up the river, but the ferns on the wall of the cliff are a little underwhelming. But this is the only way to see some nice scenery so if...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The staff here is fabulous! They are so friendly and talented. They all sing, dance and know their history of the area. The grotto itself isn't that awe-inspiring, but it is something to see. It is a good backdrop for photos, and they do some...More

Thank TheSchu's
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The setting is beautiful and the river ride to the Fern Grotto was pleasant. It was interesting to watch the kayaks rowing up the river since the river ride was about 30 minutes. We were at the Grotto several years ago and at that time...More

1  Thank BobWE
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We took my sister to Kauai. It was her first time visit. She loved the old Elvis movies and wanted to view some of the areas that were featured in those old classic movies. The ride was pleasant and very doable for most people. It...More

Thank patsyannie
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

While the Grotto was attractive, the riverboat ride was boring and sedentary. The boat guides were late(We came from a cruise ship) and were somewhat disinterested. It would be more independent and interesting to Kayak up to the Grotto. I don't think there is any...More

Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

The riverboat ride was so much fun. We traveled up the river to the Fern Grotto and then walked to the location. Absolutely gorgeous. The guide gave us great information about the area. On the return ride the played and sang wonderful Hawaiian Music. A...More

Thank Pattyg1251
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Took the Smith Family boat through the river up to their Fern Grotto. It was a lovely boat ride. Lots of Hawaiian history and many stories along the way. It started raining right before we arrived at the grotto but that didn’t hinder anyone’s spirit....More

Thank Barb H
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We loved the Fern Grotto, where kings and queens of Hawaii used to get married; now it is the location of many other weddings. The boat ride to the grotto was very relaxing, with music and dancing. The grotto itself has many hanging ferns, and...More

Thank folklorist3
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shannlaw
5 August 2016|
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Response from sailor17n61w | Reviewed this property |
We started slightly up river at Kamokila Hawaiian village. From there, it was maybe ten minutes. If you start at the other kayak rental places at the mouth of the river, it will take you longer. There isn't much to see in... More
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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
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