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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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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good31%
  • Average28%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
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“hawaiian music” (18 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Visited here several times over the years. This time we saw it from top down. Love learning about the culture of these beautiful people.

1  Thank jscriv2017
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We took the recommendation for this excursion from a friend and decided to book this river boat tour. The natural area is breathtaking and seeing the fern grotto in all of its beauty is amazing. We were treated to a description of local history and...More

1  Thank Tim W
Reviewed 3 July 2017

On the way up you get a sampling of local cultural with song and hula. At the top, you do a short hike to the Fern Grotto. They longer allow you to walk up to it because of the risk of falling rocks. On the...More

1  Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This was a hidden gem and filled with tradition from the Hawaiian people. This was a great stop on the tour we were on. Worth the stop.

Thank sillysull
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

A nice day way to spend an hour or two while the rest of your family is doing something to adventurous for you! Narration on the trip to the grotto and Hawaiian music and hula dancing on the way back. The state park where the...More

1  Thank Allen R
Reviewed 3 June 2017

THis is not a very expensive place to visit. Overall, it gives you a small taste of Hawaii as you learn a little of the area and are entertained as well. Is it a Vegas show? Definitley not. But for the price it was worth...More

2  Thank Joe B
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Go into this knowing what you're going to get based on reviews. If you don't expect more, you will not be disappointed! The grotto is small & pretty unspectacular, but I really wanted to go to be on the river & see it anyway (I'm...More

2  Thank DebbiedoesUSA
Reviewed 26 May 2017

You take a boat to the grotto........after you dock, it is a short walk to get there. Time spent at the grotto is around 15 minutes, of which, a group and dancer does the Hawaiian Wedding song(about 5 minutes). Even with all of the people...More

4  Thank parrottdize
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Relaxing, informative, beautiful and very friendly staff. The staff played music, danced and told stories, both personal and historical. Thanks again.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 May 2017

We recently took the Smith boat tour along the river and up to the grotto. Boat ride was nice along the quiet river and the hula lessons on the boat ride back made for some interesting pictures. The grotto area was beautiful, but you could...More

1  Thank Vacationman57
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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