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Fern Grotto: Tours & Tickets

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This fern-capped cave is a favorite wedding site.
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Wailua Marina, At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a river cruise and visited Wailua River State Park. Walked about 200 ft of muddy Wailua Heritage Trail to see the fern grotto. The place is not much to see if you are an outdoor person. The tour guide tried his best to make...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank doublewoodscj
Reviewed September 29, 2019

This area is quite lovely. There is a small viewing area that is accessible via a 5 minute walk from the dock. As far as I know, there is no access from land.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tom R
Reviewed September 13, 2019 via mobile

We took two of our children to visit Fern Grotto 23 years after being serenaded at the cave on our honeymoon by the musicians from Smiths boat. We travelled to the Grotto on one of Smiths boats up the Wailua River and then a small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank theoraclesboy
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Great place to visit especially if you learn some history behind it. Apparently, only royalty were allowed to travel upriver to the Fern Grotto for special ceremonies. Hurricane Iniki destroyed the grotto in 1992 and permanently closed the entrance to visitors and private events. There...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Nomadhunter
Reviewed August 6, 2019

This is such an amazing place of beauty! It definitely exceed our expectations. So special....listening to quiet sounds of nature and taking in the music. Fern Grotto was delightful. Living in Hawaii must be a dream come true. Watching hula... spectacular!

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank happy4travel
Reviewed July 12, 2019

My husband and I really enjoyed the Fern Grotto!! The river ride, music and information was great! Affordable and worth every penny.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Amy M
Reviewed June 9, 2019

Smiths puts on a pleasant experience on the river going to the Fern Grotto. Hula dancers and live music entertain along the way. Once you get to the entrance for the gotto, you have a pleasant paved walk with interesting plant life along the way....More

Date of experience: June 2019
3  Thank MarianB86
Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

Since reviews were mixed we were pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful spot on a peaceful river ride. Music and hula on the ride to the grotto was cute. Amount of time at the grotto was adequate. Only minor complaint is we couldn’t understand the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank johnsonpat
Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

This was such a nice boat ride and the walk to the fern grotto was beautiful. There were many exotic flowers and plants. It was lovely. We enjoyed the music and dancing on the way back.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank 254tashak
Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

Walked up to get on the 11am boat to the fern grotto. We all enjoyed the trip and the entertainment on the return trip was enjoyable. Affordable and worth the trip.

Date of experience: May 2019
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June 27, 2018|
Response from Pattyg1251 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure I was staying at a nearby hotel. But I’m sure Taxi could get you there pretty inexpensively
August 4, 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