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Ancient Kauai Excursions Tour

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The Makauwahi Cave Reserve is a rare limestone cave and sinkhole system. Tour the cave and surrounding area and learn about the ancient island ecology. Begin 10,000 years ago, and work your way forward. This 4-hour private tour allows you to see deeper into this magical place.
  • Get off the beaten track on a private eco tour of Makauwahi Cave Reserve
  • Explore Hawaii's largest limestone cave
  • See wild tortoises and other endangered animals on a nature hike
  • Learn about the island’s geologic history from an archaeologist guide
What to Expect
Get picked up at you Poipu-area hotel in a comfortable Ford van and meet your guide, a professionally trained archaeologist. Learn background info on the south shore’s natural history with a visual presentation before traveling through former sugar cane fields to the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. Enter the cave itself, the largest limestone cave in Hawaii and a treasure trove of fossils and other geologic clues to the island’s past. Back in the light of day, take a guided nature hike through reserve, where carefully restored habitats shelter a wide variety of plant and animal species. Take in fantastic views from a lookout point, visit a wild tortoise colony, and look for other endangered animals in the swaying taro fields before the half-day expedition finishes with drop-off back at your hotel.
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Poipu Beach area
  • Beverages and bottled water
  • Light refreshments and snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Private small-group tour
  • Entry/Admission - Makauwahi Cave Reserve
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a fantastic tour for people interested in geology, evolution of plants and animals, and Kauai history. Lenz was our guide and he made the morning interesting and educational. We toured with him our first day. He is passionate about the Kauai culture which...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic tour. It is unlike every other tour on the island, because you are treated like a student studying with Linz, our guide, who is in the process of getting his PhD, and an expert in the field. Not only was the cave...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank charlesw10000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Ancient Kauai Excursions tour and thought it was excellent. It covers several different aspects of Kauai, ancient burial grounds, the cave of course, and their efforts to grow native plants. Linz, our guide, is an archaeologist, very knowledgeable and pleasant and helpful...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 September 2019

This was a fantastic tour with way more history of the people of Ancient Kauai than I had heard before. I also loved seeing the huge tortoises.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 24 August 2019

My wife and I loved the tour. Lin’s and his nephew told us the history of the Hawaiians on the island and region. He showed us the remains of a couple sites and explained all the technology the Hawaiians had built. Then we went to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Cthymrtn | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a little walk that is uphill. But the guide stops all of the time to point out the plants etc. It's a very easy trail.
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Response from Nomad8589 | Reviewed this property |
I felt it was nicer and cooler weather in the morning. Either way, the tour is fantastic and the crew very knowledgeable! Regardless of what time of day you go, you will have a great time!!
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