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“Nice Tour”
Review of Kauai Eden Tours

Kauai Eden Tours
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Kealia
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Owner description: Truly experience, and photograph many of Kauai's most spectacular and off-the-beaten path locations with a friendly, personable, fun private guide! Sightseeing tours to moderate hiking adventures to waterfalls and breathtaking secluded coves. These are private, customized Kauai day trips! Like to snorkel? Great! We are here to create a fun, memorable day on Kauai for you and yours. Want to experience opening a coconut with your bare hands? Let's do it! Explore breathtaking beaches, vistas, waterfalls, Kauai movie locations, safe places for children, enchanted forests, restaurants,and more. All Tours include: water, beverages, fruit and Karen Tilley's Kauai guide book. I look forward to meeting you. Karen
Sacramento, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice Tour”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

After months of planning with Eden Tours one week before we leave Karen tells us she can't guide our tour as she is taking a holiday. Instead, her husband Jay guided us around the north shore of Kauai. We saw some beautiful beaches -Hanalei Bay where South Pacific was filmed and small beach where Gilligans Island was filmed, visited the neighborhood Kapaa to get a feel for housing and island living, and Opaekaa Falls.) Overall a good tour, a bit pricey compared to some others. Our only concern was Jay drove a bit too fast for us and he tended to tailgate causing some of us to cringe a bit.

Visited August 2013
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Kauai_woman, Owner at Kauai Eden Tours, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Thanks for your review; I've also responded to your family member who wrote the review on 8/27/13. I'm glad to know you had a nice tour. I'm back from visiting family. I wish to address your mention about being notified one week prior to your trip that my husband Jay would be your guide, rather than myself. When we initially spoke on the phone in early February, I had hopes of visiting family this summer, but I didn't know the exact dates. That is why, in my Confirmation Letter of 2/13/13, I said that "Jay or I would do our very best to get that all [in] in 6 hours". Then on 7/23/13, I wrote in my email that Jay would be your tour guide. My apology for any miscommunication. I'm deeply sorry that Jay's driving was a concern to some. Your group is the first to comment on this. I've spoken with him and he has taken your words to heart. He generally gets rave reviews. People so enjoy his demeanor. Based on your important feedback, he is driving more conscientiously than ever before. Our greatest wish is to provide a positive experience for everyone. Also, we wish to let you know that our prices are comparable to most private tour companies on Kauai; some even charge more. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your tour and were able to experience the many spectacular north shore vistas and beaches, and get a good sense of island life. All the best, Karen
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great snorkeling adventures and beaches found”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen; she is a wonderful person to explore the ocean with.
We had great fun snorkeling and she knows where the green sea turtles often frequent. Sure enough, we were able swim with a giant green sea turtle and amongst many unicorn fish (she knows how not to spook them). On our snorkel adventures, we were in the water for about 2 hours each day, which is longer than any of the other snorkel tours I did or even read about.
Karen also knows gorgeous places that are not crowded - as well as the more popular beaches. Even on the popular north shore, she can take you 10 minutes from your vehicle and have you feel like you are in the jungle. I also appreciated her sincere interest in protecting and preserving the natural environment; her tips are spot on.
Her recommendation of where to eat on the north shore was excellent. In fact, my son insisted that we eat there again - with ample rainbows both nights and underneath the stars almost. Both my wife and myself were fine with that as their food was quite good.
All in all, Karen helped make our trip to Kauai more memorable as we were able to connect with a friendly local there, who cares and respects the land and the creatures that live there.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Lance G
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Fantastic tour of local delights”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

It's hard to go wrong on Kauai - it's a beautiful island with friendly locals and plenty of places to kick back and relax. But some of the best spots are known only to locals and if you are led by the guidebooks, every OTHER person reading the guidebook will be there with you. An island tour led by people living and loving Kauai gives you the very best of the best, and both Karen Tilley and Jay Dorrance know the island and it's people inside and out. Karen is a creative woman familiar with local singers and artists, Jay is a walker extraordinaire who has visited almost every island trail and can choose the excursion appropriate to a visitor's expertise. Both are adept at island "talk story" and can give you insider knowledge of the history, myths, politics, and lifestyle of this very special island. Booking the tour as a first stop on the island was a bonus for us, because Karen was able to tell us what was going on all around the island, and how to plan for the week ahead. We were able to find a talk by a local historian, catch a drink at a seaside bar with an excellent slack-key guitar player, and snorkel at a spot that was perfect for us unseasoned snorkelers - she even told us where to buy inexpensive swimming shoes to protect our feet from coral, and how to find the best deal on snorkel equipment. Both Jay and Karen are friendly and fun, and happy to adapt to any of your requirements based on age, interests, and physical ability. Be sure to bring your camera and good walking shoes. Karen provides a yummy lunch and snacks, plenty of refreshments and there are food stops to sample local goodies along the way And she wields a mean machete when it's time to open up a coconut!..Fresh coconut milk was light, refreshing and delicious - although she was right when she warned me to be careful with the fresh coconut shell. It makes an indelible stain- my marker for a unforgettable day on Kauai. Thank you Karen and Jay for helping us make Kauai our own paradise! We'll be visiting again.

Visited April 2013
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“Perfect Guide for a Perfect Place”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

If you have dreams of hiking through the forest, snorkeling in turquoise blue water, swimming in a crystal clear gorge, or lounging underneath a gushing waterfall then stop! drop! and book a tour with Karen of Kauai Eden Tours! She knows more about this exquisite island than any guidebook will tell you. Her knowledge of the flora and fauna, the trails and lesser known beaches make Karen the best investment you can make to explore this beautiful paradise!

Visited April 2013
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1000 oaks, ca
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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“PARADISE FOUND....Kauai Eden Tours with Karen and Jay Tilley”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

For anyone looking to see Kauai from a "local" point of view.....this is the tour company for you! Karen Tilley and her husband Jay run Kauai Eden Tours and will personalize a tour to your specifications. If you like nature, there are hikes, waterfalls, a bird sanctuary, and whale spotting. Karen is an expert on the flora and fauna of the island. If you are more into seeing all the "sights" of Kauai, Karen and Jay can do that as well. You are able to specify exactly how you would like to spend your precious time on the Garden Island. Karen will adjust all tours to the mobility level of the customers. We returned last night after spending the day with Karen on Saturday and I can't begin to tell you everything we did, saw, and ate!!!! From the fresh fruit (passion fruit, banana, pineapple, and papaya) smoothie at Banana Joe's to the exotic fruit found at a local farmers market, we enjoyed every morsel. Karen supplies a wonderful sandwich, fruit, water, snacks, and fruit juice as part of her tour. Photo opportunities abound, and Karen is happy to stop and let you "capture the moment". It was such a great overview of the island, it allows you to note the places you may want to revisit later in your stay on the island. I would highly recommend taking this tour on one of the first days that you arrive. It will give you a better perspective on distances and times it takes to get places. You also get a booklet that Karen has written detailing the "best places to go" on Kauai for shopping, restaurants, attractions, best beaches, etc. The last pages are blank for your personal notetaking......I filled them all! She is just a treasure trove of valuable and fun information. And then when you get home, a CD comes in the mail with pictures taken during your tour. This is one first class operation, and I'm glad I got to see some "inner Kauai" with Karen. I'll definitely be back for one of her hiking tours. Like Nike says, JUST DO IT and tell her Linda sent you! :)) I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this great tour. ALOHA and MAHALO for reading my review!

Visited January 2013
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