Whatever the season, expect to be entranced as you tour our gardens, by foot or on board one of our covered, motorized carriages. Na ‘Āina Kai offers only guided tours which are conducted by knowledgeable volunteer docents. Depending upon the tour you choose, you will travel to one or more of the diverse destinations. Soon you will understand why we say that each garden, indeed every spot along the way, has its own personality and mood, and seems worlds away from wherever your journey to Na ‘Āina Kai began.
Tours are offered each Tuesday through Friday throughout the year. Tours range in length from 1½ hours to 5 hours.
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.
Na ‘Āina Kai’s Orchid House Visitor Center and Gift Shop is open each Monday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Fridays 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Na ‘Āina Kai is closed to the public on weekends and holidays.
Please contact us by phone or email for detailed information and to make reservations for the walking or riding tour that suits you best.
Families will enjoy time in the Formal Gardens where children will feed the Koi in the lagoon and walk through our full-sized hedge maze. They will discover the many varieties of plants and sculpture along the way. Their tour will end in the Children’s Garden where they can freely explore and play on the many kid-friendly features of our Children's Garden. Bring a towel and be prepared to get wet!
Play in Jack's fountain, explore the jungle tree house, and enjoy the many kid-friendly special features of our Children’s Garden. Again, bring a towel and be prepared to get wet!
Tours are conducted Tuesday thru Friday Only. Guests
must be on a guided tour in order to see the Gardens.
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. This tour is limited to 8 guests per guide. *All Tours include the Formal Garden Tour.
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 ‘A-ina
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 Bird Tour is a new, seasonal tour of the Bird Gardens, special areas of habitat that some of Kauai's native birds call home. The timing of this special tour is planned so visitors can observe the extraordinary nesting season of Laysan Albatrosses; their unique mating/courtship dances, nest building, egg laying, and watching the chicks grow. Na ‘Āina Kai is one of the few places in the Hawaiian Islands where you can see albatrosses nest. Other birds you may see are red-tailed tropicbirds, white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, red-footed and brown boobies, and pacific golden-plovers. The gardens with permanent ponds are home to two critically endangered species, the Hawaiian goose (nene) and the Hawaiian moorhen, both of which nest here. This special tour visits areas of Na ‘Āina Kai that other tours don't include. A spotting scope will be available for close views so we don't disturb the nesting birds. This tour is limited to 8 guests per guide and includes a stainless steel water bottle for the participant to keep.
Come enjoy the Children’s Garden, a happy and educational oasis for both children and adults. Play in Jack’s fountain, explore the tropical jungle and enjoy the many kid-friendly areas of this wonderful Garden. The August 31st, 2013 date has been changed to August 24th. No Keiki Day on October 26, 2013. Instead please join us for our Halloween event on October 19th from 4-7 p.m. Reservations are required. There will be no November Keiki Day, as the Children's Garden will be closed for the entire month to undergo improvements.