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Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

4101 Wailapa Road, P.O. Box 1134, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
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Ranked #3 of 6 attractions in Kilauea
Type: Gardens
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Brownsville, Pennsylvania, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I wanted to do a Botanical Garden tour while on Kauai and this one fit my needs at the time. The rest of my family was on a boat tour of the NaPali Coast and I could not go because of a recent back injury. This tour was a possibility and when I found that I could ride on not... More

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Basking Ridge
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112 reviews 112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the three-hour riding tour today because my elderly mom is recovering from a fractured hip. The staff was amazingly helpful with everything and getting her situated was a piece of cake. Our tour guid, Norm, was funny and full of fascinating facts about the extraordinary trees and plants on this gorgeous estate. I am all energized by the... More

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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This a non for profit Botanical gardens making more affordable than other tours on this island. the 90 minute tour is easy on the elderly. Beautifully maintained very informing. There is even tours offered for children as well as a childrens garden. If you are on the North Shore or just a gardening enthusiast its a must see.

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Tiburon, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have done the children's tour on four occasions over the years. Here are the pros and cons from my point of view: PROS: -The children's tour is a "must" for the playground time at the end. For this alone, the tour is worth the $$. My kids still talk about it! -The guides are knowledgeable about the native vs.... More

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Odessa, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This privately owned, non-profit garden was pure paradise. Our guide was very informative and paid special attention to everyone in her care (we had 4 in our group) 8 in all. The sculptures rivaled the gardens and everyone was pleasant. The views from the various locations she took us were breath taking!

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Rio Vista, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This garden was really an educational eye-opener. I didn't know that 70% of Kauai's foliage was introduced after the 1880's. It has so invaded the native growth, that many plants are extinct or very close to it. Treat yourself to a "real Kauai garden" self tour.

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Carmel, IN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

There are many things I liked about this tour/place. We did the kids tour (so I can't comment about the other tours obviously). It was split somewhat 50/50 between the gardens and the kids village. Both were great. I loved overall that there was no timeline, no hurry, we just strolled enjoyed and took pictures, explored the flowers and trees.... More

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San Diego
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The guide frequently didn't know the answers to questions-and I'm NOT a botanist. She had a deep disdain for people who,have brought plants/animals to Hawaii and yet was constantly praising the Doty's for their adventurous spirit in experimenting with new species. Not impressed with care taken of garden, invasive plants all over the place damaging the garden. Husband was bored... More

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Brandon, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We joined another couple of friends and decided to take the 3 hr. ride tour. Our driver was a volunteer named Betty who was amazing. She was informative, humourous and her infectious love of the property could not be avoided....The love and attention given to the property by the original founders is amazing considering all they did in a short... More

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Cedar Falls
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a huge fascinating botanical garden but don't let the size put you off. You can wander about at will totally in control of your time, take a mini-tram tour (our choice), or--if you have children with you--take a briefer tour specifically designed for shorter interest spans and the need for activity. The volunteer docents are delightful--filled with good... More

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