Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour: Explore Flora and Savour World Chocolate
513 Ratings
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Princeville Botanical Gardens and indulge in a gourmet chocolate tasting from around the world. Discover the secrets of cacao trees and enjoy seasonal fruit samples on this unique 3-hour tour.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Princeville Botanical Gardens - Begin the tour by exploring the upper terraces and the uses of the plants living in Waimea Valley. Find exotic flowers, rare medicinals, happy honey hives and t the bottom of the valley, small cacao grove thrives. Here, taste some raw chocolate nibs and learn about how chocolate is grown and harvested. When you leave the Valley, head to our outdoor chocolate tasting area, where you’ll learn about modern and historical chocolate processing methods. You’ll sample at least 5 different single-origin chocolates from around the world. After relaxing in the shade and enjoying the chocolate, back on your feet to explore our Anini Creek valley, another wonderland of rare plants, stunning topography, and fascinating sustainable cultivation techniques.
What's Included
  • Tour escort/host
  • Snacks
  • Gourmet chocolate tasting
  • Fruit samples
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Insect repellant is available for use and also purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional Information

Embark on a three-hour guided tour through the lush landscape of Princeville Botanical Gardens. This tour encompasses every aspect of the gardens, including a curated 50-minute tasting of gourmet chocolates from around the globe. Experience the cacao tree up close, explore the intricacies of chocolate production, and savour the rich taste of our homemade chocolate.

Along the journey, our knowledgeable guides will enrich your excursion with intriguing tales of the gardens’ evolution and detailed insights into the flora. Sample fresh seasonal fruits and house-made honey for sustained vitality during your exploration of our verdant valleys. Experience a unique blend of garden aesthetics and chocolate appreciation, exclusive to Kauai.

In line with Covid-19 Pandemic protocols, our tour groups are currently restricted to a maximum of 9 participants. All attendees must wear protective face masks, and temperature checks will be performed upon guests’ arrival. Your cooperation is highly appreciated.
Thank you very much.

  • Tours operate in rain or shine
  • We recommend being prepared for a walk in the woods: bring good walking shoes, bug spray, and a rain jacket
  • Parents must accompany their child at all times. Further, in consideration of all guests, we ask that parents make an honest assessment of their child’s/children’s temperament
  • Moderate mobility is a must for our garden terrain. There are several sets of stairs throughout the tour and uphills and downhills on loose gravel
Princeville Botanical Gardens
3840 Ahonui Pl,
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Mar 20, 2024
Beautiful and Relaxing - Sherry was amazing. She provided so much info on the plants and history of the foliage. The chocolate tasting was also interesting and tasty. The local honey was delicious as was the fruit samples.
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Mar 18, 2024
Wonderful surprise off beaten path! - Wonderful surprise! Tour guides were friendly, gardens were beautiful, chocolate was tasty! Tour company provided umbrellas and walking sticks for guests. Where good walking shoes. This tour is a YES!
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Mar 16, 2024
Great tour! - Our guide Heidi was amazing! She was fun and so knowledgeable. Of course the chocolate samples were great too. The weather cooperated and didn’t rain, but it would have still been beautiful even if wet.
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Mar 16, 2024
A must on your visit to Kauai. - Heidi was our tour guide and very knowledgeable and fun. We loved all the information and beautiful botanicals. Getting to try the fruits, honey and chocolate was awesome too!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 15, 2024
Your was Paradise - Had wonderful experience at this garden tour lots of tropical plants and fauna very beautiful and peaceful it took 3 hrs but was well paced had a fun chocolate tasting also Troy was our guide very informative and engaging I highly recommended this for all ages
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Mar 11, 2024
First trip to Kauai 2024 - We had the best time. Weather was great and even the times it did rain it did not hinder us at all. The condo was great. We stayed at Alii Kai - Sweet Water Kauai. Nice easy drive to Hanalei.
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Mar 9, 2024
A beautiful way to spend about 3 hours in Kauai - The garden was so beautiful with many interesting plans and flowers the chocolate tasting also was exquisite, very informative and also fun.
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Mar 5, 2024
Peaceful, informative experience - Chocolate tasting & info on harvesting, processing, regional differences. Welcoming guides. Umbrellas, walking sticks, bug environmental friendly bug spray provided.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 4, 2024
Lovely Morning in Kauai - We really enjoyed our morning at Princeville Botanical Gardens (even my husband who wasn't too excited to go!). It is a three hour tour with the first hour touring the lower gardens, the second hour is the chocolate tasting, and the last hour is a tour of the upper gardens. In total though, you only walk about a mile. The gardens were lovely and lush, and our tour guide Troy was very knowledgable and personable. Along the way, we also had some small samples of local fruits. The chocolate tasting was not only yummy but informative, since we learned how chcolate is harvested and produced. The chocolate samples were from all over the world and a sweet treat.
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Mar 8, 2024
Improvement Needed - This tour needs some improvements in order to make it worth the price of admission. Our guide was knowledgeable, but very shy and soft spoken. As a result, we couldn't hear much of what she said, especially when the group was walking single file. Headsets would be a great investment to add value to this tour. It would also help if the leader had pre-planned talking points at certain areas where she could gather everyone into a group to discuss some key information about the plants and trees rather than overwhelming us with Latin names and minute details as we walked along. Often we didn't know what plant or tree she was discussing as we couldnt hear what she was saying. On our tour, there was one man who monopolized the leader with a million questions and it often seemed as though she was only speaking to him. Leaders must be able to cut this short and tell people to ask questions at the end. The chocolate tasting has potential but also needs improvement. Quite a few people in the group seemed to lose interest. The small posters that were held up were hard to see, and the explanations were too lengthy. It was also very difficult to hear what the leader was saying. This part needed to be kept lighter and more fun instead of making it seem like we were in a class. In my opinion, the tour has potential if improvements are made but at this time it is not worth the price.
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
April 2024