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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
"TOUR DESCRIPTION: Explore some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots which will demonstrate why this island is known as “The Garden Isle.” During your all-day tour the lush vegetation covering all altitudes will surround you from towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3500-foot cliffs to waterfalls crashing down deep valleys and fern-covered grottos. Many dramatic ocean views will also delight you as you explore almost the entire island.HIGHLIGHTS: Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range o 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa. Koloa Town - Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days. Spouting Horn - One of the most photographed was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. Coco Palms Grove - Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii. Holo Holo Ku Heaiu - (sa
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon Tour
"HIGHLIGHTS: Spouting Horn* -  One of the most photographed spots on Kauai with ocean water spraying like a geyser up to 50 feet in the air. Waimea Canyon*  - Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. The rich colors of the red soil and the lush greenery are a spectacular site to see. Hanapepe Valley Lookout*  - A picturesque view of the lush tropical valley that was once was home to the island’s last sugar plantation and today is the backyard to high tech companies and small businesses. Russian Fort Elizabeth - The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Islands. Koloa Town - From some of the oldest buildings discover how this main port of entry was a favorite amongst the whaling fleet. """"Discover the natural beauty and experience one of the best views of the western coast of Kauai. This tour takes you right up to the rim of one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Hawaii – the Waimea Canyon also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Thousands of years of erosion have turned the canyon walls into a multi-hued canvas
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto
"Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of the British Queen Victoria Tunnel of Trees Over a century ago 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa Koloa Town Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days Spouting Horn* One of the most photographed spots The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Island Captain Cook’s Landing Where the first British discoverer Captain James cook first landed and discovered Hawaii Waimea Canyon* Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano Coco Palms Grove Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii Holo Holo Ku Heaiu* (sacred """Island hop from Oahu take a visit to some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots and discover why this island is Kauai is called “The Garden Isle.” On this full-day tour the lush vegetation and verdant tropical rainforest covering all altitudes will surround you. From the towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3
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Visit a National Tropical Botanical Garden

Near the “End of the Road” on Kaua‘i’s North Shore in the little town of Hâ‘ena, you will find Limahuli Garden. Limahuli is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (http://ntbg.org/gardens/, which is a privately funded, non-profit organization that operates five preserves of which four are located in Hawai‘i.

You have the choice of a guided tour (advance reservations required) or touring the grounds on your own. We opted for the self-guided tour. After paying our $15 per person fee, we were handed a guidebook with map.

The garden path meanders through many different marked display areas with each thoroughly explained in the guidebook. The entire time in this valley, you will have Makana mountain looming above, which was made famous in the movie South Pacific as Bali Hai (look at all my pictures).

The most prominent feature of the garden is the 700 year-old kalo (taro) terraces. This whole valley actually sustained an ancient community of Hawai‘ians who actually farmed and lived here. The archaeological sites here will be studied in the future.

During the course of your walking tour, you will traverse a couple hundred feet of elevation. The slope is gradual so most people should be able to physically handle it.

While we enjoyed the garden as a whole, we also felt that some areas of it seemed neglected. The admission also seemed a little steep for what you get. So, unless you really feel the need to learn about ancient Hawai‘i as well as the foods they grew and ate, you may want to question the need to visit here.

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BlueCollar
Feb 18, 2007

National Tropical Botanical Gardens

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens consists of three gardens on the island of Kauai. We toured the McBryde Garden on the south side of the island since small children are allowed there. Note: small children are not allowed in the Allerton Garden, which is the most popular garden among the three. The Visitor Center is across the road from the Spouting Horn viewing area on the south side of the island. From there, shuttle vans bring the visitors to a nearby valley where two of the gardens are located. The third garden is on the north side of the island near Hanelei. There are many walking trails both in the sun and shade. Native and nonnative species alike can be found in the gardens. I would recommend at least a couple of hours to get a chance to really enjoy the scenery and landscaping. After all, Kauai is the Garden Island.

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sswagner
Apr 13, 2008

Visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is worth visiting on your way to the Na Pali coast. Most of the refuge is closed to the public, but the area around the lighthouse provides panoramic views in all directions. You also are likely to see frigatebirds, boobies, tropicbirds, albatross, and shearwaters riding the thermals along the nearby cliffs and you might see an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal basking on a rock or on one of the nearby beaches.

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bsfreeloader
Oct 02, 2006

Plant Gawking on "The Garden Isle"

All of Kauai could be designated a botanical garden, but there is an official National Tropical Botanical Garden which is made up of four separate gardens on Kauai. Unfortunately I was only able to visit the Allerton Estate and Lawa'i Gardens. Lawa'i is open to visitors on a self-guided basis, but you must take a guided tour (only four given per day) to view the Allerton Estate. Bring your camera and a BIG memory card -- there are so many beautiful plants here you will be tempted to take hundreds of photos.

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Sep 27, 2006
 
 
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Waimea Canyon State Park

The grand Canyon of the south pacific .. lovely canyon. The island is fairly small we drove over to the canyon every day at different times to take a peak. It's lovely. We didn't do any real hiking...
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Na Pali Coast

Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is...
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Helicopters Tours

Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and...
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Dry Cave/Wet Cave

As you keep driving up north the 560 highway you will notice many locals relaxing at the noumerous big or small beaches along the way. We prefered to stop at Ha’ena Beach Park(pics 1-2) that has many...
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Waimea Canyon

Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet...
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Spouting Horn

This natural feature is on the south coast of the island not far from Poipu. It appears very much like a geyser, however the ocean is the source of the water. As waves reach the shore, they send water...
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