Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto
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The Blue Grotto is hidden inside a small sea cave. To enter, you'll have to ride on a rowboat and lean back in order to fit through the mouth that’s only 6.5 feet wide. Upon entering, a stretch of darkness opens to a hushed cavern, dappled with silvery reflections and filled with sparkling blue water. An entrance fee is required, which is paid to a floating boat just before you enter. The grotto is also only accessible via a tour of the islands, either from Capri, Sorrento, or Naples. Plan to visit during off-peak season for fewer crowds and shorter waiting times. – Tripadvisor
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  • azgardengal
    Phoenix, Arizona102 contributions
    Is it worth it
    The blue grotto is very pretty. But what they do not tell you is that the tour companies take you close to the opening. Which is a small hole in the rock that only a row boat will fit through when the sea is flat. If the waves are to high, entrance is impossible. so you may go on a tour with an optional blue grotto and still not be able to see it due to high seas. If you have a good day and you have the option to go, you have to load two to four people off your boat into a row boat with a guide who will row you over to the entrance make you all scooch down flat on the bottom of the boat and lay down, he then r times it perfectly, pulls the parts in the boat, grabs a chain that has been placed on the wall of the cave, and he drops flat and pulls hard when the sea drops to get you thru the opening that is barely bigger than the row boat. Be prepared to get wet and scraped by the rock or chain going over your face. Once inside, many boats are inside, the small shaft of light shines through the pristine water showing off the blue as you look towards the opening. This experience will cost you 15 euro each and a tip for your row boat guide. This would be very special of you found this spot and swam into it. Now it has been made very touristy, kind of a gimmick. So decide for yourself if it's a must see.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey778 contributions
    Must see!
    This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. We came to the blue grotto from a boat, and our guide was able to get us right in to skip the long line. Whether that’s true or not- we were just happy to not wait. From the boat- little individual row boats picked up 4 at a time. Our boat “driver” was incredible. He was so friendly and outgoing. You can tell he was so passionate about what he does and that he enjoys making each experience special for the people he sees. He had us laughing and ensured we had a great time. We layed down in the boat to get into the grotto and once inside it was magical. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s a must see experience and had our adrenaline going!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • debannsan
    Livermore, California8 contributions
    Unique and beautiful!
    If the sun is shining don't miss it. If it's cloudy you won't really see anything. We got lucky and visited on a sunny day and WOW! It looks fake it's so beautiful. The bright blue water looks like Disney made it up, but it's real. You have to transfer from your boat to a rowboat and then lay down on the floor to get into the cave because it's that tight. Inside there's lots of singing in Italian and it's both unique and beautiful. The tour around the cave lasts only about 5 minutes or so but where else are you going to see something like this? We're glad we did it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Alex Z
    Austin, Texas159 contributions
    A cool experience, worth the time to do once
    Worth the time to get out there once, but bring cash for entry and be prepared to wait a bit once you get there to jockey past the many boats while you wait for a paddle boat tour. Once you get inside it's beautiful and a unique experience - emperors swam in that grotto, which is really cool! - But it is a bit crowded.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • CLoo
    11 contributions
    Beware that some rowers demand tips
    It was quite a unique experience. The cave is very pretty and magical. However, the person who row the boat where I was at demanded a 10euro tip, which is very much a bummer of this experience. I had paid the entry of 18euros and a 10euro tax..
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • pickering5
    Pickering, Canada132 contributions
    Awesome experience!
    We were lucky to experience the Blue Grotto as part of a semi-private boat tour to Capri. Our captain asked if we'd like to visit the Grotto so he stopped for us. We were also fortunate that the water level allowed for us to enter. Friends of ours were unable to go in only a few days later because the water was too high. There a number of small boats waiting outside the Grotto to transport visitors from their larger boats. They take you past a boat where you pay the 18 Euro entry fee. Take cash if you want to go. The rower was very helpful in letting us know how to sit in the boat to be safe and have the best experience possible. The time inside the Blue Grotto is not very long, maybe 5 minutes, but it's for the experience. Very glad we did!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Abs359
    71 contributions
    Pretty but not worth it
    I visited as part of a boat tour, we had to wait for over an hour alongside a lot of other boats until it was our turn to go. No option to wait ashore. We climbed from our boat into a small rowboat for going into the grotto, which cost 18 euros on top of the tour price. This transfer was a bit difficult, particularly as the waves were a bit choppy, and I'm not sure how they manage this for those less physically able. Everyone I saw transferred to the rowboat in the same way. I was also asked to sit in a space with a couple which meant I had to lie on them going in and out the cave for safety reasons. Quite awkward as we didn't know each other. You only get a few minutes in the grotto, which is very pretty. The guide with us offered to take photos which was kind of him. Overall, I wouldn't say it's a must see when visiting Capri. There is a lot of waiting for such a short time inside the grotto.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 September 2023
  • CasualHockeyFan
    San Jose, California752 contributions
    Blue Grotto - experience, cost & travel
    Visiting the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra) is a great experience, but definitely not for those who suffer from motion sickness. There are 2 ways to visit. The traditional way is to take a 30 - 40 person boat from Marina Grande, to the grotto (travel time 15 - 20 minutes) then wait your turn (up to an hour) bobbing around until you climb into a 4 person row boat to enter the grotto. The other way is to take a bus / taxi to Capri, switch to another bus / taxi to Anacapri, and lastly walk 3.5 km (2+ miles) or take a bus to the stairs leading to the landing at the entrance to the grotto. Once you're in the row boat, they take you to an anchord boat to pay, and then it's in to the grotto. Be prepared to lay down on the floor of the row boat, as the height of the entrance to the grotto is no more than a 90cm (3 feet) above sea level. Quite a magical place inside, and I didn't find the singing and commentary as cheesy as some have suggested. Be prepared to pay €100+ per person if you're coming from the mainland. You'll pay for a ferry to the Isle of Capri (€54 from Salerno), ferry to the Blue Grotto (€27), fee to enter the grotto (€18) and tip for your rowboat "captain" (€10). Lastly, in the summer, tickets for the ferry to the Isle of Capri need to be purchased 2 - 3 days in advance. The other tickets, buy on the day to make sure the grotto is open.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • marie R
    Manchester, United Kingdom42 contributions
    Not for people nervous of water, OR nervous to transfer from boat to boat.
    We took trip to get away from the crowds, and my husband loves caves so I went along too. We can both swim, neither of us concerned going out the first boat that carried about 12 of us to the Blue Grotto. You pay twice for this trip once to get to the grotto €21 each. Then you pay another €18 to go into Grotto. There is card machine set up on a static boat to take your next payment. When you arrive, there are queues of boats and people waiting to transfer into a fisherman's rowing boat. We waited about an hour for our group to get onto the smaller fisherman's boat. Each fishermans boat takes 3 or 4 people. On another boat, while we were waiting, a lady fell into the sea transferring from the larger boat to the small fisherman's boat. It took longer than it should to get her out. Nobody fell in from our party but these are small fisherman's boats and even on a calm sea, they bob around alot. 2 ladies from our party were sick after their experience. On our return trip we also transferred 3 people from a waiting boat, with one lady in blind panic. The fisherman that took us into the Grotto then put pressure on for a tip, so you need to be aware. I was so sorry for the lady that fell in, and the ones who were sick. All the detail isn't given when you book. IF you are at all nervous or don't like the idea of transferring between boats without life vests, then this trip is not for you.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • NJCricketer
    535 contributions
    Go early on a small boat! Persistence pays!
    We had heard of people being unsuccessful on multiple trips. We were assured by Capri Bell that going by an 8.45 am boat would help us see the Blue Grotto. We were up early and checked out of the hotel, stored bags and found that there was no 8.45 boat (probably lack of passengers). They put us on a 9.15 boat which reached the grotto at around 10 am. It had too many passenges and there was no way these passengers would get on a smaller boat to see the grotto. So the boat went back to the starting point much to our disappointment. When we complained, they put us on a smaller boat which did not reach the grotto until 10.45am and by the time we got into the grotto it was past 11.30 am. We should have started on the smaller boat right at the start. The grotto visit was short but nice - again once in a lifetime experience so you pay for that - it would have been sad if we weren't able to get in after checking out so early.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The best way to see the blue grotto is to get there early. You should take the first ferrys from wherever you're staying around 8:00. You should then take the first boat tour right from the marina at Capri that goes around the island. Otherwise, you may have to wait up to 2 hours or more during the high season and anyway the bigger boat tours only wait a maximum of 45 minutes and skip it otherwise. The other important thing to note is that its actually closed due to high sea level more often than not. I experienced that the boat tour ticket agents never give you straight answer on whether or not it's expected to be open or closed for the day you want, even on the morning of, where they should have a good idea about the tides. You also have to pay 18 EUR to enter, which I think is quite a lot for spending just a couple of minutes inside. So decide for yourself if you think it's worth it and the important thing is to get there early.
Written 28 October 2023
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Bobbie95227
8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stayed in Anacapri. We had a short bus ride to the blue grotto so we were able to get there in the morning. We did not have to wait in line. It was a short little trip into the grotto, but a very unique experience worth doing.
Written 26 October 2023
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Francis
New York City, NY3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Guys honestly Capri is a beautiful island! It has numerous caves even more beautiful than the Blue Grotto, it is really not worth it to waste your time in this tourist trap!
Written 15 October 2023
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Darby N
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a tourist trap and a complete racket. Anyone giving this 5 stars has clearly never left their hometown. Essentially some Italians will try to fleece you out of whatever Euros you have left, and then demand a tip from a 2-5 minute trip.
Written 10 October 2023
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sahil
New Delhi, India21 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice cave inside the limestone mountains with the natural light coming in from outside makes the water reflect blue colour truly exciting to see
Written 8 October 2023
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Tim O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Horrible, don't go!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Spent way too much to see a stupid little cave. Music blasting on boat , total ridiculous nonsense
Written 2 October 2023
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NJCricketer
NJ535 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had heard of people being unsuccessful on multiple trips. We were assured by Capri Bell that going by an 8.45 am boat would help us see the Blue Grotto. We were up early and checked out of the hotel, stored bags and found that there was no 8.45 boat (probably lack of passengers). They put us on a 9.15 boat which reached the grotto at around 10 am. It had too many passenges and there was no way these passengers would get on a smaller boat to see the grotto. So the boat went back to the starting point much to our disappointment. When we complained, they put us on a smaller boat which did not reach the grotto until 10.45am and by the time we got into the grotto it was past 11.30 am. We should have started on the smaller boat right at the start.

The grotto visit was short but nice - again once in a lifetime experience so you pay for that - it would have been sad if we weren't able to get in after checking out so early.
Written 23 September 2023
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Georgia
22 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The grotto itself was closed when we went due to the weather. However, this review isn’t really about that, rather a money saving tip on how to get there; hence why I’m writing a review.

Me and my mum visited Capri mainly to see the grotto, so we did a lot of research into how to get there, reading loads of reviews etc and found out that all the boat tours that offered the blue grotto only stopped outside it. You had to them pay extra to go inside. We didn’t really want to do a boat tour due to budget and time. So, we searched deeper and found out you could get there via bus. To do this, you take a bus to Anacapri (we got a direct one from the harbour) and then you get another one from Anacapri to the grotto itself. Bus tickets were roughly €3pp one way. At Anacapri station, they told us that the grotto was closed before we brought the bus ticket to the grotto, which definitely saved us money as we didn’t get the bus there. Anacapri is a beautiful old town and is also the town where the cable chairs are to get to the top of the mountain, and is worth a visit. We saw lots of people at the main harbour going on boat tours/water taxis to the grotto and were not told that it was shut.
Only warning is: the buses packed loads of people on, very hot, and would not recommend if you are in the least bit traffic sick or claustrophobic.
Written 23 September 2023
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Magda L
Cambridge, UK2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nothing special, water inside is blue from the sun reflection and that’s the total of the attraction. Some people get soaked, it’s just long wait on the boat to get in and out and very little to see. Plus on top of the price of 36 euros for two, there is also intimidating demand for a 10 E tip for the boat man. The worse experience in Capri.
Written 17 September 2023
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Steven H
5 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had booked a boat ride from Sorrento to Capri which included a trip to the blue grotto. It’s a 15 minute trip in a boat with around 20 people on board which was ok until you reach the grotto. It was chaos there, at least 30 other boats all jostling for position, looking back from where we came resembled the Spanish Armada of boats approaching. We waited 1 1/2 hours in the sun, bobbing up and down until it was our turn. This involved disembarking onto a small boat with an oarsman, 3 or 4 people maximum and you have to lie completely flat while the oarsman pulls us throughout a gap about a meter wide into the grotto. Utterly unsafe, with no life-vests and really not for those who aren’t too agile. It’s a very pretty sight inside, spoiled by the oarsman shouting and singing and we were only in there a few minutes. We were lucky not to have an aggressive oarsman as some were demanding a 10 euro tip. The whole experience is to seperate a tourist from there money and could’ve spent the time elsewhere. Avoid if possible.
Written 15 September 2023
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