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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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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto
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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River
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  • Very good31%
  • Average28%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
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“hawaiian music” (18 reviews)
“hula dancing” (14 reviews)
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 30 May 2014

There was a very nice boat ride up the Wailua River to the grotto, you can no longer enter the grotto, but it is still pretty and the park that you can walk through going to and from the boat docks are very nice with...More

2  Thank sallyg899
Reviewed 23 May 2014

This is a nice place to visit but with all the build up on our research we were expecting more. The hike in was beautiful but short and you can no longer hike into the grotto itself. Your trip ends a a platform in which...More

Thank conlontravel
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Smith's Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise. The Smith family began their Wailua River tours in 1946. A two mile cruise to Fern Grotto with narration of history of the area on the way to the landing and music and dancing on the way back. The...More

2  Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

This is about as tacky and touristy as it gets. We loved being on the River, but that is the only positive thing that I can say. There are so many other wonderful things to do on a Kauai: Allerton Gardens, Na Pali Coast cruise,...More

3  Thank TheOranges
Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Was it top notch? No. But, it was an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. Sure, the voices weren't the best but the singers and dancers gave everything they had and they appeared to genuinely want us to have a good time. The program...More

Thank timetraveler444
Reviewed 30 March 2014

There were good aspects of this trip, and some that could be improved. Sorry, but the singer was painful to hear. The hula dancer was very good, and the narrator on the return trip was hysterical and full of interesting information. The grotto was beautiful....More

1  Thank Maja057
Reviewed 22 March 2014

After reading some of the negative reviews my wife and I were not sure if we should spend the time or not. We did book on line which saves you 10%. So for $36 for the 2 of us I'm glad we went. There was...More

2  Thank peter194940
Reviewed 26 February 2014

The Fern grotto tour by the Smith family was enjoyable. They provided music with hula dancing on the first part of the trip and an informative narrative by the captain on the return. The walk up to the grotto was beautiful. My only complaint is...More

2  Thank susannahSeattle
Reviewed 5 February 2014

The boat ride down the Waimea River to the Fern Grotto was certainly touristy. Yes I would rather have been kayaking but we had our two,year old grandson on vacation with us and his father (our younger son). We had fun. Enjoyed the narration, the...More

1  Thank Joel K
Reviewed 27 January 2014

If you're looking for a cool hiking trip or a water adventure, this is not for you. As you read the other reviews, you can see it. But, if you want a relaxing trip on a boat, typical Hawaiian music with dance, and some pretty...More

Thank Alyne
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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
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