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“Great Fun at a Small Price” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smiths Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruis

Smiths Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruis
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Astoria, New York
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131 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great Fun at a Small Price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

This was a wonderful experience for myself, wife, daughter and two grandchildren. Adults are $20 and children $10. What you receive is a relaxing river journey up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto. One way you will be entertained by two hula dancers and a team of musicians. The other direction includes an informative commentary about the river and locality.

Once docking at the grotto, you walk up a path to view an amazing slice of nature. Once again, there is commentary and a rendition of the Hawaiian Wedding Song. Unfortunately, you can no longer walk into the grotto due to previous flooding.

This attraction has been around for decades but still possesses a good portion of its original charm. Don't miss it!

Visited August 2014
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Medford, Oregon
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69 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“the ferns are not impressive anymore”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

I was disappointed in this tour as the ferns have not rebounded since Hurricane Iniki devastated the region in 1992. Not nearly as impressive as it was before. Also you no longer can get close to the grotto but take pictures from afar on a boardwalk.

Visited April 2014
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Fun and good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for a mellow and good value excursion - this is the ticket. You get a nice view and a little history of the Wailua valley on the boat ride. The Fern grotto is less than spectacular but The music and hula dancing were really good. Enjoyable way to spend some time out of the sun!

Visited July 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fern Grotto a Hawaiian show on the river!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great entertainers on the river boat and good insight of movies made near the river. So much talent on Kauai!

Visited July 2014
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Mission Viejo
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84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We took the tour - last one of the day so that it ended as the Luau began , that was good timing - no waiting around or wasted time ... The Tour was informative and enjoyable .. I do want to point out a couple of things I did not read in my research - You "look" at the grotto - you do no "go into" it .. I was expecting a "closer" experience ... also it is in the rain forest and the mosquitoes are very active ( or at least they were on us ;) ) Also bring water or drinks .. once on the boat there was no where to purchase any.

The cruise back with the music and dancers was enjoyable. Even my teenagers (13/14) enjoyed it !

Visited July 2014
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