What To See On Kauai – Limahuli Valley – Kauai – Hawaii

If you are ready to experience Kauai as the ancient Hawaiians did, be sure to visit Limahuli Valley on the north shore of Kauai. This beautiful valley looks much like it did 1,500 years ago when the Hawaiians called it home. Limahuli Valley is one of of the last easily-accessible valleys with intact archaeological complexes, native forest, pristine stream, and the presence of the descendants of the valley’s original inhabitants caring for it. It is one of the five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden.

The goal for Limahuli Garden and Preserve is the ecological and cultural restoration of Limahuli Valley, using the ahupua’a system of resource management as a template for this work. Limahuli has won several awards in recognition of their work. These include the “Best Natural Botanical Garden” award from American Horticultural Society for demonstrating the “best environmental practices of water, soil, and rare plant conservation in an overall garden design;” and the Koa Award for their dedication to the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.

Home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth, Limahuli Garden and Preserve highlights native and culturally-significant species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape. Choose from self-guided or guided tours.

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Self-Guided Tour

Ancient terraces, ancient wisdom, life and relationships with the land, the forest, and the water… the stories unfold as you open your guidebook and make your way through this special place. Envision what the valley might have looked like when the first Hawaiians arrived as you follow the path through the native forest walk. Discover the plants that traveled with them in their canoes and how their culture was inseparable from the plants that sustained them. Contemplate the impact of plant invaders and learn what is being done today to protect fragile ecosystems. Ascend to the Whale Trail and take in the dramatic panorama of the ocean. Feel the spirit of Limahuli.

Online reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure parking (if you are driving and not taking the North Shore Shuttle). If you are driving, please add a parking space to your reservation.

Online reservations open 30 days in advance. If you would like to book for a later date, please contact the Gardens.

The loop trail is 3/4 miles (1.2 km) long and goes up 200 ft (60 m) in elevation with many steps.

Open Tuesday through Saturday.

8:30 (9:00 on Fridays)
Tour Duration:
1.5 hours (recommended minimum)
Ticket Prices:
Adults (13 and older) – $30 ($25 if on shuttle)
Kama’aina (with valid ID) – $10
Children (12 and younger) – free

Limahuli Garden Guided Tour – Walk the garden with a docent

Explore this timeless place with a small group as the inextricably interwoven stories of Hawaiian history, culture, natural history, and plants unfold during your visit. As you enjoy legends that abound about this ancient valley, you’ll see the features that inspired them. A guided tour offers you a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of the ecosystem in both ancient and modern times, and how today’s stewardship of the land is modeled after the traditional practices of its earliest inhabitants. Our docents are knowledgeable, enjoy ‘talking story’, and are passionate about sharing this living Hawaiian landscape.

Online reservation is required for all visitors attending the guided tour. No walk-ins available for guided tours. If you are driving to the Garden, please add a parking space to your reservation.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tour Time:
9:00 a.m. (Check-in at 8:45)
Tour Duration:
2.5 hours
Ticket Prices:
Adults (13 and older) – $60
Kama’aina (with valid ID) – $40
$5.00 off if arriving by North Shore Shuttle
Please note that due to the nature of the tour, they kindly request that participants be 13 years of age or older. If you are a Family or Supporting member interested in including children under 12, please contact them at 808-826-1668 ext.3 or limahuli@ntbg.org.


5-8291 Kuhio Highway

Hanalei HI 96714

Phone: (808) 826-1668 ext. 3

Website: https://ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli/

Limahuli Valley is between Princeville and the end of the road, just before Ke’e Beach. It is about a 20 to 30 minute drive from Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point.

For more about the history of Limahuli Valley, go to the National Tropical Botanical Garden website.

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TripAdvisor Review – March 14, 2018

Hidden Jewel!

We were so pleased we made a trip to LIMAHULI Gardens!! It was mentioned in the 12 best things to do in Kauai, so we gave it a shot!
What a precious jewel! From the terraced Taro plantations, we climbed up beside the waterfall to the gardens of lush plants and trees…into the rainforest area and then descended on the other side of the loop ..with the mountains on one side and the sea in front of us..
Beautiful experience, and so inexpensive @ only $20 per head! This is located just before Ke’e beach on North side of Kauai.
Highly recommend this for it’s natural botanical gardens and the amazing backdrops!!

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