Guided tour

Kauai: McBryde Garden Day Pass

Guided tour

Kauai: McBryde Garden Day Pass

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Discover the McBryde Gardens, home to the world's largest collection of native Hawaiian flora.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover a multi-acre tropical oasis filled with exotic flora
  • Learn about a wide array of botanicals and garden conservation
  • Enjoy ample time to see the McBryde Garden at your own pace
Full description
Board a tram into the lush Lawai Valley and see the magnificent coastline of Kauai’s south shore while listening to commentary about your surroundings. Arrive at McBryde garden and walk amongst the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian plant life, with endangered flora and flora that are extinct in the wild.  See and smell exotic spices ranging from allspice to vanilla on the Spice of Life Trail. Take a journey back in time in the Hawaiian Life Canoe Plant Garden and along the Biodiversity Trail. This garden showcases a multitude of plants that the ancient Polynesians brought to Hawaii that provided materials to make cloth and build canoes and structures and for medicine and food. Explore the agroforestry project with spices, glimmering water features, and a canoe garden reminiscent of the voyages of ancient Polynesians. Delight in the wide variety of palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. You can even visit the living laboratory where scientists are still discovering the secrets of these plants. You might catch sight of various birds living in this pristine location.
  • Entrance fee to the McBryde Garden at National Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Return tram to Lawai Valley, which is hourly
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Meeting point

McBryde Garden, 4425 Lawaʻi Road, Koloa HI 96756. This is across the street from Spouting Horn. The South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden.

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Important information

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  • The tour begins and ends at the South Shore Visitors Center where parking, ticketing, gift shops, and water bottle filling stations are located across the Spouting Horn
  • It is recommended to dress for the weather and terrain
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 24 reviews

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Two hours for a self guided tour was ample time to enjoy the garden. We didn't see everything and would consider returning for another visit on a future visit to Kauai. My mobility is a bit limited but was able to navigate our walk with use of a cane. I was also appreciated benches and stone wall for resting.

March 30, 2023

Gorgeous trees and flowering plants everywhere. A soothing, peaceful place to stroll on mostly paved pathways and to enjoy nature. So many unusual plants to see, with the sounds of water and birds everywhere and with benches to relax and take in the view. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the gardens and the history of the area. A fun and relaxing two hours.

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March 30, 2023

Nice easy walk with plenty of things to see, plenty of signs and information, 2.5 hrs was about perfect and we are slow walkers and read most everything. There were a few trees and such not fully labelled and we wish they had common and full latin names, but these were the exceptions. Nice gift shop though we do not usually buy at any of these. Still nice. Great staff. Easy to get to. Overall a better experience than we thought we would have.

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March 30, 2023

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