COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Emerald Grotto

Vacation Travel Guide
Emerald Grotto featuring interior views, caves and caving

Explore this sea cave where the water glows green and a manmade work of art can be seen below the surface.

Explore the stalactite and stalagmite encrusted interior of the Emerald Grotto, a sea cave partly filled with water. The name comes from the green-blue light that bathes the cavern. The visual spectacle is created as sunlight passes through the sea in the underground cavity near the entrance. The water filters the light so that green wavelengths are reflected on the cave walls.

The grotto is small, consisting of one chamber. It measures approximately 147 feet (45 meters) by 104 feet (32 meters). At its highest point the ceiling reaches 78.8 feet (24 meters) above sea level.

You can only venture inside the cavern by boat. A guide will take you on a rowboat that can hold up to 20 passengers. Each trip lasts for 15 to 20 minutes.

The best times to visit are between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. when the sun is at its highest point and the emerald effect is at its most intense.

Once inside the grotto give your eyes a few seconds to adjust to the light. Look up and across at how the light reflects off the stalactites and stalagmites and forms patterns on the cave walls. Some of the stalagmites are more than 32 feet (10 meters) high. Look down below the surface of the water to see the subaquatic nativity scene. It is made of clay from Vietri and was created by local artisans in 1956.

This was once a dry grotto but rising sea levels 6,000 years ago partially submerged the cave under water.

The Emerald Grotto is situated in the bay of Conca dei Marini, approximately three miles (five kilometers) west of Amalfi. It can be reached by boat from all towns along the Amalfi coast. Alternatively you can drive or take the SITA bus. To reach the grotto from the parking lot or bus stop, take the stairs or elevator down to the sea.

The Emerald Grotto is open daily and there is a small admission charge. During bad weather the boats will not operate and the cave is inaccessible

Top things to do in Emerald Grotto

Top Hotels Close to Emerald Grotto

Le Terrazze - Adults Only
Le Terrazze - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Via Smeraldo 11, Conca dei Marini, SA
The price is $194 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Amalfi Harbour. Emerald Grotto and Fiordo di Furore Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (313 reviews)
"Amazing place, cleanest hotel I’ve seen and I travelled quite a bit… the owner was really nice and helped us with taxis, bus, etc! Close to great restaurants: pizzeria da nino and the amazing view and food at Baglio (my favorite) Take a room with the view it is totally worth every penny! I’d give ..."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Le Terrazze - Adults Only
La Conca Azzurra
La Conca Azzurra
4 out of 5
Via Smeraldo 35, Conca dei Marini, SA
Situated in Conca dei Marini, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Amalfi Harbour. Emerald Grotto and Fiordo ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)
"Fantastic views, warm and welcoming staff. We hope to return one day."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

La Conca Azzurra
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Via Roma 2, Conca dei Marini, SA
The price is $799 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and within 3 mi (5 km) of Amalfi Beach and Amalfi Harbour. Amalfi Cathedral ...
5/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
World class hotel
"This hotel is a gem. A true hidden treasure on the coast of Amalfi. The level of service and attention to detail in every aspect of this hotel is stupendous. It is a true 5 star hotel worthy of the expectations. We stayed for a week and it wasn’t enough. It’s an intimate space that allows for the ..."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Emerald Grotto

Hotel Casablanca
Hotel Alpha
Napolit'amo Hotel Principe
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from Ashburn to Emerald Grotto
View all trips

Popular places to visit in Emerald Grotto

Emerald Grotto

Choose one or more items to build your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near Emerald Grotto

Le Terrazze - Adults Only
Le Terrazze - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Via Smeraldo 11, Conca dei Marini, SA
The price is $194 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Le Terrazze - Adults Only
La Conca Azzurra
La Conca Azzurra
4 out of 5
Via Smeraldo 35, Conca dei Marini, SA
La Conca Azzurra
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Via Roma 2, Conca dei Marini, SA
The price is $799 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Villa Regal Conca, in the Heart of the Amalfi Coast
Villa Regal Conca, in the Heart of the Amalfi Coast
Conca dei Marini, Campania
Villa Regal Conca, in the Heart of the Amalfi Coast
Villa Duchessa d'Amalfi
Villa Duchessa d'Amalfi
Via Smeraldo ,41, Conca dei Marini, SA
Villa Duchessa d'Amalfi
Villa Duchessa D'amalfi
Villa Duchessa D'amalfi
Conca dei Marini, Campania
Villa Duchessa D'amalfi
Spectacular Property, With Terrace and Magnificent Sea View
Spectacular Property, With Terrace and Magnificent Sea View
Conca dei Marini, Campania
Spectacular Property, With Terrace and Magnificent Sea View
Shah a Place to Listen to the sea in Amalfi Coast
Shah a Place to Listen to the sea in Amalfi Coast
Conca dei Marini, Campania
Shah a Place to Listen to the sea in Amalfi Coast
Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Smeraldo 19, Conca dei Marini, SA
The price is $325 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Hotel Belvedere
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.