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“Spend you time and money on something else.”

Princeville Botanical Gardens - Tours
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Princeville
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Princeville Botanical Gardens is a family owned and operated garden paradise located in the Princeville area on the magnificent north shore of Kauai. The Robertson Family, with the help of their close gardening friend, Michael, have transformed their 8-acre retirement home into a breathtaking garden with dramatic landscaping in two steep valleys. The Robertsons grow a small cacao (chocolate) grove and part of every tour is a chocolate tasting and lesson on how chocolate is made. Longer tours include samples of delicious tropical fruits. The fun, educational tours of the garden include ethnobotanical and medicinal uses of plants, stories and information about native Hawaiian and "canoe" plants, and much more about a diverse collection of species from around the world. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Visitors can experience the garden on pre-scheduled tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tours are not recommended for children under 6 years. We strongly recommend good walking shoes. Please be sure to call us before visiting. Thank you!
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This tour is way overpriced. They even raised admission from $40 to $47. Really? Honestly, I don't see that much value in walking about 500 feet for 3 hours and looking at about 15 different palms. I would not even call it a garden because it is so small. It is just a 7 acre ranch with nicely done landscape. I am pretty sure that it was quite expensive to build it, and maintenance is probably not cheap, but, hey, it was their choice to do that. And, our choice is to make a wise decision of how to spend our time and money. Here are the facts. They do fruit testing, but it is ridiculous because they didn't have anything special. If you go to a local farmers market, you can get better selection for a fraction of what we paid for this tour. Chocolate tasting? Please, give me a break. Out of 5 samples, only one was edible. The tour is pretty boring and slow. I visited several botanical gardens in different places on earth, and this tour was the most boring one. We could do it in 20 min. max, but in this case people would be pretty upset that they paid too much. Of course, if you are a retiree (95% of our group), all your life you believed that fruits grow only in supermarkets, this is your first trip to tropics, you don't know how to use the Internet, and you have time and money that you need waste, you will find this tour educational. The gimmick is that they do tours by appointment only, and they require your credit card info at the time of reservation. So, if you don’t show up, they charge your card. If you show up, you would feel yourself like an idiot who paid too much. The real value of this tour is not more than $15. So, my fellow travelers please think twice before you decide to book this tour.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Simply beautiful and a must see. This is a wonderful place to learn about and appreciate the natural beauty of Kauai.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The drive to the gardens is so peaceful, beautiful. Drive to the end of the road, then circle back to the Botantical Gardens. There are tours available that last about 2 hours, bring a sun umbrella or borrow one of theirs. We arrived for a self tour after lunch and it was too too warm for us, we managed to view the exquisite gardens for only half an hour, alas.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Such a beautiful place, obviously a labor of love by the family/owners - Bill, Lucy & Jason. Samples to taste along the route - fresh honey from their apiary; fruit from trees; paint our lips or body with seeds from the Achiote tree pods. And of course the chocolate tasting! Yum! Like a wine tasting but with chocolate - heaven! Holly, our guide, was excellent and very knowledgable. Tours are by appointment only so don't just show up, you will be disappointed. We will return each time we visit Kauai to see what has been added or changed... and to taste more exquisite chocolate. By the way... fee for the tour is very reasonably priced, also the chocolate to purchase at the end.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

A facinating educational experience for all your senses. The tourguides are just plain AWESOME! we had Holly, a PhD botanist, who not only knew her stuff, but had fun sharing her extensive knowledge of the myriad of plants in this stunning garden. There are frequent tastes and tests of the fruiting plants, the leaves and the seeds. The chocolate tasting is very educational and interesting. I loved this place so much I came back less than a year later, there's always something new in blooom or in fruit. Bring a well-charged camera, the whole place is a photographer's paradise.

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