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Guests must be on a guided tour in order to see the Gardens.

Tours are conducted Tuesday thru Friday only. Tours begin and end with a visit to our Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop. Depending upon the tour you choose, you will travel to one or more of the diverse destinations within this 240 acre Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Hours

Tours are offered each Tuesday through Friday throughout the year. Tours range in length from 1½ hours to 5 hours.

Guides

Our tours are conducted by knowledgeable volunteer guides. All tours are guided and suitable for children 13 and older. Children younger than 13 will enjoy one of our “Under the Rainbow” Children’s Garden Family Tours. Family tours must be pre-arranged.

Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended; however, we are happy to accommodate drop-in guests on a space-available basis.

Reservations

Monk Seal

THE BEACH WALK

Ka Waimakai Walk • $50 per person • 2½ hours

 9am TUE • WED • THUR

THE STROLL

Formal Gardens • $35 per person • 1½ hours

 9am TUE • WED • THUR • FRI

 1pm TUE • WED • THUR

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THE TREK

Walk on the Wild Side Trek • $85 per person • 5 hours

 9:00am TUE • WED • THUR

Na Aina Kai cart

THE RIDE

Formal & Wild Forest Garden • $50 per person • 3 hours

9:30am TUE• WED • THUR

 9am FRI

THE FAMILY TOUR

$20/child, $35/adult • 2 hours

9:30am TUE • WED • THUR • FRI

1:30pm TUE • WED • THUR

"Planting for the future" is a large sculpture in the wild garden.

THE STROLL & RIDE

Formal & Wild Forest Garden • $50 per person • 3 hours

 9am TUE • WED • THUR • FRI
 1pm TUE • WED • THUR

Nene Geese

THE BIRD TOUR

(Seasonally December through April)

$60 per person • 2 hours

8:30am  WED

 

The Stroll • 1 1/2 hours

The Formal Gardens are graced by a full-size Hedge Maze, Shower Tree Park, the Ka’ula Lagoon with its plunging waterfall and tropical island, a Japanese teahouse, the International Desert Garden, Romantic Palm Garden and the Orchid House and Gallery at the Visitor Center. There are many fascinating and wonderful things to see here and you will be able stroll through this beautiful area at a leisurely pace. This tour is limited to 8 guests per guide. *All Tours include the Formal Garden Tour.


 

The Ride • 3 hours

Enjoy a guided riding tour of both the Formal Gardens and the Wild Forest Garden on a covered open-air cart. Discover some of Na ‘Aina Kai’s numerous water features, including a natural pond fringed with bamboo, palms and exotic tropical foliage. This tour gives a wonderful overview of the scope and variety of the Gardens, and is especially suitable for guests with limited walking ability. This tour is limited to 9 guests per guide.


 

The Stroll & Ride • 3 hours

Enjoy a leisurely stroll and ride through both Formal and Wild Forest Gardens. Visit our miniature Hawaiian ahupua’a and explore along winding paths and arched foot bridges bordering the hardwood plantation. Discover the abundance of exotic tropical flowers and foliage and be charmed by the extensive bronze sculpture collection. This tour is limited to 8 guests per guide.


 

The Beach Walk • 2 1/2 Hours

This pleasant walk takes you from the Visitor Center down a flight of steps to our Wild Forest path. As you descend into the cool, woodsy Kuliha’ili Canyon, enjoy the towering trees, fragrant flowers and interesting foliage along a meandering stream. At the bottom of the Canyon savor time to stroll at Kaluakai Beach before boarding the Gardens’ bus for a ride to the Formal Gardens. Here you will delight in a variety of life-size bronze sculptures, our Hedge Maze and the 3/4 acre Ka’ula Lagoon featuring fountains and a plunging waterfall. This tour is limited to 9 guests per guide.


 

The Trek • 5 hours

Trekkers explore all of the gardens, silent canyons, and ocean features of Na ‘Aina Kai. Enjoy the many moods of the Wild Forest Garden, Formal Gardens, Koli Ridge Bird Walk, Kuliha’ili Canyon and the white sands of Kaluakai Beach at the Makai Meadow and Marsh. The Trek requires advance reservations and includes lunch and a stainlees steel Na ‘Aina Kai water bottle for the participant to keep. This tour is limited to 9 guests.


 

The Family Tour • 2 hours

Families will enjoy time in the Formal Gardens, where children may feed the Koi in Ka’ula Lagoon, and walk through our full-sized hedge maze, along with discovering the many varieties of plants and sculpture. From there it is on to the Children’s Garden, where their senses will be awakened as they explore Jack’s pond, a gecko maze, the rubbertree treehouse, a tropical jungle with bridges, tunnels and slides, a kid-sized railroad train, log cabins and a covered wagon made from our own teak wood – all among kid-friendly plantings. The Children’s Garden is a happy and educational environment for both child and adult!


 

The Bird Tour • 2 hours

This seasonal tour of the Bird Gardens features areas of habitat that some of Kauai’s native birds call home. Na ‘Aina Kai is one of the few places in the Hawaiian Islands where one can view albatross nests. The timing of these expeditions is set to allow visitors to observe some of the extraordinary activities of Laysan Albatross during nesting season which can include their unique mating/courtship dances, nest building, and/or chick care.  The Gardens’ permanent ponds are home to two critically endangered species, the Hawaiian goose (nene) and the Hawaiian moorhen, both of which nest here.  Other birds you may see are red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, great frigate birds, and pacific golden-plover. This special expedition visits area of Na ‘Aina Kai that other tours do not include.  A spotting scope will be available for close views so that the nesting birds are not disturbed.  This tour is limited to 6 guests per guide and includes a stainless steel water bottle for the participant to keep.