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Makauwahi Cave Reserve

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Address: Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96471
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Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve
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It's a hole in the ground :)

This was a nice easy hike from Shipwreck beach, about a 2.25hr round trip. We didn't get to see Richard at the cave, it probably would have been a better experience if we had... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David T
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice easy hike from Shipwreck beach, about a 2.25hr round trip. We didn't get to see Richard at the cave, it probably would have been a better experience if we had. This is on excursion off the beaten path so enjoy the time and views.

Thank David T
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 10, 2017

We started to hike at Shipwreck Beach and then went just under 2 miles on top of cliffs with gorgeous views. Least favorite part was walking the golf course because there's no shade, but that was probably only 1/3 of the hike. There are signs that lead you to the cave and since you've already made sure you're on a... More 

1 Thank editmasterflash
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Visited Makauwahi Cave early morning hike along coastline..Nice out of way piece of history.Some people may not care for crawl into cave but amazing history inside.Caretakers very passionate about their site and it shows well maintained. Tortoises highlight for me.Hike takes about 2 hours there and back. not strenuous very beautiful. Try and time your walk to the opening of... More 

1 Thank Macstil
San Jose
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Reviewed February 27, 2017

Based on other reviews, decided to walk the beach and wandered into the cave reserve. Docent was great and invited us in for her short tour -- encouraged us to also explore the 'plant sanctuary' next door with native tortoises. Great peek into the Hawaii of a thousand years ago.

1 Thank LLoper
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

This cave is near Poipu area of Kauai and most people don't know about it. The short tour takes about 20-30 minutes and is worth it. It is the only limestone cave on Kauai, discovered by accident, and has become an archeological treasure. Short, easy hike down to the cave (5-10 minutes), quick tour, and then visit the hidden beach... More 

1 Thank Mlappinday
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

As the other reviews have noted, this is not the easiest place to get to. If you want a wonderful hike, take the trail from the public parking lot for Shipwreck Beach (it is just past the Grand Hyatt) and pick up the trail there. It is about two miles of gorgeous sea side hiking and well worth the effort,... More 

1 Thank Press-on-regardless
Cypress, California
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

This trail which is at the end of Poipu road (past the Grand Hyatt) and onto the dirt road and into the private road past the gate which is usually open. The trail is a little bit hard to find, but once you find it, it is well marked and well worth the effort. The cave (sinkhole) which is on... More 

2 Thank Krow13
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

A short little hike along a well marked trailed with stunning ocean views (and access) leads to this ancient cave holding many fossils and delightful history. You do have to crawl through a narrow entry at the base of a sink hole to enter this magical place (I am a large man, and made it easily through, and any kids... More 

1 Thank hillsidefree
London, Canada
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

This is a neat thing to do. You'll need a good 2-3 hours set a side for this. The road on Poipu is really rough. It's private property. The owner is nice to let the public drive on his property to see the cave and shipwreck beach. You have to be off the property by 6pm. When you're driving (jeep... More 

2 Thank Drew S
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Reviewed February 6, 2017

We came across the cave reserve when looking for the cliff trail. Interesting site. Go when there's a docent there as the story of the cave is what makes it interesting. See the website for times. There's also so tortoises nearby to visit and a beautiful beach. The cliff trail is nearby and quite a beautiful walk

Thank kayakchick

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