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Fern Grotto, Kauai

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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2.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Surround yourself with some of the most beautiful nature the island of Kauai has to offer by visiting Fern Grotto. The lush lava-rock grotto is one of the island's natural wonders--a natural amphitheater renowned for its acoustics, it's considered one of the most romantic locations in the whole of Hawaii. The only way for visitors to reach the sight is by taking a boat on the Wailua River. There are numerous companies that organize river cruises, while the more athletic visitors can also kayak to the grotto. For safety reasons, entering the grotto itself is prohibited, but there is a viewing platform from where you can admire the sights and sounds. Our Wailua travel itinerary planner makes visiting Fern Grotto and other Wailua attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The fern grotto is lovely. It's been wiped out and grown back a couple times. There's a big wood deck to stand and look at the grotto. It's just lost some of its luster. Smiths has definitely gone way...  read more »
  • The excursion that we hired in the NCL cruise, took us first to the Opaekaa Falls, for anything interesting and less after seeing other waterfalls in the Islands. Walk then continues by boat down the Wailua River, and arrive at Fern Groto, a sort of cave with ferns. Not worth the penalty.
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  • This was our first stop on our kayak trip up river to the Secret Falls. There was a dock for regular boats to access land (which was too high for kayak access). However, in the kayaks we had to be cre...  read more »
  • It's a nice and easy trip up the river, but its way crowded with tourists of the worst kind (people were literally rude over seating availability to each other on the way up, really dumb). You walk like ducklings in water on the way up to the grotto after the boat ride, and again the crowds provide entertainment through stupidity by setting a turtles pace up the paved path. You can't actually walk up to or into the grotto, and the vantage point/stage they have built is so low (compared to the grotto entrance) that it literally ruins any attempt at composing a decent shot with a camera. On the boat ride, as well as in the grotto, there are some local guys and girls singing Hawaiian songs, tho at least two of the people consistently strummed the wrong chords and sang out of key. Overall I'd skip this knowing what I know now...
  • The trip was saved by the local Hawaian musicians/guide on the boat ride. The cave is a bit disapointing, however the short walk is cool if you like plants and wanna see how local rainforest looks like :) Worth the 20 dollars!
  • This was my second trip up the river to the Grotto. The boat ride was wonderful with the entertainment. The walk to the grotto was magnificent with all the beautiful flowers. Once getting to the grotto once again it was breathtaking the songs sung just set the mood with all the loved ones that were around. It was just a perfect day to relax and get ready for the next adventure on the island.
  • The cave is boring, it's not allowed to go inside or near to it. You can use a boat with Hawaiian Capella to get there or you can go by a kayak.
  • A pretty and calm place. Made for a pleasant trip, though I wouldn't go far out of my way to visit it.
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