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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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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 21 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 17 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 30 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 24 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 24 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 15 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
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We rented a canoe from the little Hawaiian village and paddled the short 5 minutes upstream to Fern Grotto. It was a really short distance, but the canoe "parking" was very limited- and there was only 1 other canoe there! The little walk to the...More

1  Thank Dacia B
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Did this trip just over a week ago. Not worth $20 & I wished we had spent our time & money elsewhere. There is very little to see @ the Grotto because ferns have been decimated by a hurricane.

2  Thank diw670
Reviewed 26 November 2016

After riding the Smith Family boat to the Fern Grotto landing, you are met by other members of the company and accompany you on the short walk to the grotto. Arriving at the Grotto, we were met by even more company members, who gave a...More

1  Thank SoCalOregonian
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What is the price of a seniors ticket for the river cruise?
16 October 2016|
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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