Horticulture buffs will love this limited participation tour of idyllic McBryde and Allerton Gardens, which National Geographic's Traveler magazine named one of the world's top 50 must-see attractions.
Departing from the pier, you will drive to the southern tip of Kauai, home to the Allerton and McBryde Gardens, which were created by a Congressional Charter and are now governed by the National Tropical Botanical Garden. First, you'll meander through Allerton Garden, which was initially designed in 1938 by millionaire Robert Allerton and his adopted son, John Gregg. The garden includes open meadows, shady ravines and rugged cliffs, all consisting of fertile volcanic soil. Certain areas are devoted to exotic palms and tropical gingers and you will find hillsides blanketed with fragrant plumeria trees. Colorful bougainvillea spills over the cliffs, and star fruit, Ceylon gooseberry, and horseradish trees flourish in the orchard.
It's a veritable paradise, as is neighboring McBryde Garden, which began to take shape in 1970. It contains the largest collection of Hawaiian plants in existence, many of them extinct in the wild. Several species of plant, such as the "canoe plant," are descendants of ones brought to Hawaii centuries ago by the founding Polynesians, who wanted to ensure that they had plants for food, buildings and medicine.
A tasty deli lunch will be served in the Canoe Gardens, before setting off to see other sights found here, including a serene waterfall and Spouting Horn, a 50-foot-high spray of saltwater caused by the ocean waves rushing under a lava shelf and then exiting through a small hole.
Following your visit, you will rejoin your transportation and return to the pier in Nawiliwili.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking that includes uneven natural surfaces and gravel paths. Total is distance is approximately 1 1/2 miles. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.