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“Not worth the price”

Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
Ranked #6 of 31 things to do in Kilauea
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The guide frequently didn't know the answers to questions-and I'm NOT a botanist. She had a deep disdain for people who,have brought plants/animals to Hawaii and yet was constantly praising the Doty's for their adventurous spirit in experimenting with new species. Not impressed with care taken of garden, invasive plants all over the place damaging the garden.
Husband was bored out of his mind.
Would not recommend, should have followed the advice in the Kauai guidebook and not gone.

2  Thank zshiner
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

We joined another couple of friends and decided to take the 3 hr. ride tour. Our driver was a volunteer named Betty who was amazing. She was informative, humourous and her infectious love of the property could not be avoided....The love and attention given to the property by the original founders is amazing considering all they did in a short time period. We initially thought the entrance price of $50. was a little steep but found out it was worth every penny. You won't be disappointed, promise!

1  Thank Cory L
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

This is a huge fascinating botanical garden but don't let the size put you off. You can wander about at will totally in control of your time, take a mini-tram tour (our choice), or--if you have children with you--take a briefer tour specifically designed for shorter interest spans and the need for activity. The volunteer docents are delightful--filled with good information, stories, and a willingness to accommodate garden guests' questions and guest wishes to stop and take photographs. (We were sooo lucky to get Norm, who has a great story for everything.) The variety of plants, sculpture, and vistas is amazing. And our guide showed--and let us touch and smell--flowers, fruits, and spices that none of us had ever seen. We didn't know, for example, the allspice is NOT a mix of all spices, but the dried and powdered leaf of a single tree. If you are going on the tram tour (8 per mini-tram) plan on 3-4 hours. There are several immaculate pleasant bathroom stops along the way. Na Aina Ka was a highlight of our visit to Kauai.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We did the walking stroll tour. It took about 2 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The gardens are very interesting and beautiful. All of the tours are guided. I think I would have enjoyed an unguided tour more. It would have been nice to wander around and enjoy the gardens at my own pace.

Thank traveler48369
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

This place really exceeded our expectations. We like to visit botanical gardens and know what good gardens look like, but this one has unique designs, clever and interesting bronze human like statues, variety of species of trees and shrubs and flowers, beautiful vistas over the ocean, and great volunteer guides who really made the experience better ( kudos to Frank and Laura)

Thank dennis85
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