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“totally must attend!”

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 November 17, 2013

This was a great tour! Those people have been doing a great job! They`ve put so much efforts, time and love in this garden! We liked the tour very much, though it was raining and i wouldn`t say i`m a big fan of plants. The tour is very interesting with lots of useful information. The chocolate history and tasting was fantastic! Now i began to love dark chocolate)) Be aware, that the tour may be finished even later (we finished at 1-15pm). And i would advice to wear appropriate shoes, as it was very muddy because of the rain.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

This garden is nestled near beautiful mountains and is gigantic. There is am incredibly large variety of flowers. We did the long tour which had delicious and interesting fruit to taste along the way. Their is also a long talk about chocolate with lots of tastings. Its all dark specialty chocolate which could be good or bad depending in your tastes. My one warning is that the long tour is a little too long for the casual visitor who isn't obsessed with plants.

3  Thank Chad2014
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Jason R, Public Relations Manager at Princeville Botanical Gardens - Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2014

Thank so much for taking the time to review us. We're so glad that you enjoyed the chocolate tasting.

It is true - our tours can be a bit lengthy if you're not a real plant nut. It's not uncommon for the gardening wife to attend while her husband knocks out a round of golf at Princeville. We'd like to offer shorter tours or even self-guided experiences, but the regulations from the country of Kauai make this unfeasible. That said, we're glad you found the time to visit us.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you would like to see amazing gardens guided by knowledgable tour guides and learn about botanicals including cacao and the making of chocolate, this is the place to go. I came away with incredible photos and a wealth of knowledge about plants. They have plants from all over the world in a tropical setting. Heidi was very informative and answered all our questions. A must see if you are visiting or living on Kauai!

2  Thank Susan A
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a must garden to tour. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The garden is constantly being expanded and is beautiful all seasons long. They have samples of the fruits for you to taste and see the whole fruits in their natural settings. Will go again when I go back to Kauai.

3  Thank pamaetep
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

I recently took their 3 hour tour through the gardens and also did the history of chocolate making as well. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. We are all from San Francisco and had a fantastic time!! Steven was our guide and he was absolutely wonderful! His knowledge,sense of humor and all around delightful personality made the experience of those stunning gardens even better! One word of advice for everyone considering it....GO!!!!

3  Thank TJT7
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