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Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve

Highlights
  • 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
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Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve
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Overview
Dig into Kauai’s ancient history on a private tour of Makauwahi Cave Reserve led by an archaeologist guide. Venture off the typical tourist path to explore 10,000 years of prehistory as you explore the cave and uncrowded south shore hiking trails. Learn about the island’s diverse ecosystems and spot tortoises and other endangered species on this eco adventure.
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.
Reviews (43)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Archaeology!

Linz did an excellent job and was incredibly informative. We visited a cave where 35 new extinct species were discovered and visited the Paeloforest, where experimental science was occurring through the use of tortoises to eat away grass and invasive species. Linz was patient and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! Glad you enjoyed the tour! Mahalo, Your AKE Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful, enlightening, tour

This is a 4-hour tour which shows and explains the history of the region. Our tour guide, Linz, is a professional paleo-archeologist. He was an unbelievable source of information about the history of the Hawaiian people and the geology of the area – and how...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are very lucky to have Linz, and his wealth of knowledge! Glad you enjoyed learning more about this beautiful island! Mahalo, Your AKE Team

Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile
Mind Blown!

I have lived on Kauai for seven years and I thought I new some information on the island... I knew nothing!!! This tour is unbelievable!!! It was so entertaining I was forgetting I was learning the entire time. Our guide Linz was amazing and the...More

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Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Mahalo for your kind words! We love it when kama'aina join us on our tours, and especially when they love it and learn a ton! Mahalo, AKE Team

Reviewed 28 November 2018
Amazing

Linz did the presentation at the resort I was stayin at, with only four days to choose several activities, it was clear that this is a "must do". Linz holds several degrees that only inhance the tour and he has the easiest teaching style I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Thank you for joining us, and for taking the time to write us a review! Linz is amazing, we agree! We are working on developing new tours to add to the Ancient Kauai Excursions experience, so please do check in with us next time you...More

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Daily Excursion of Ancient Kauai

This excursion was the highlight of our stay on Kauai. It is well-organized and our leader, Linz Armstrong, was knowledgeable of a variety of fields from botany to archaeology to cultural history. His passion for his work and for teaching shows in his animated style...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

So glad you enjoyed your day with us! And glad you enjoyed not just the archaeology info, but also the plants, birds and food! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Mahalo, AKE Team

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23 September 2018|
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
Not far at all. You walk from the bus to the cave complex and back. Maybe 200-300 yards total. We wore tennis shoes but could of got away with flip flops. If you are carrying a baby you might struggle getting into the... More
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Sher11
24 August 2018|
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Response from EverestGal | Reviewed this property |
Would Crawling through the 3ft length tunnel that is 40 inches high make you feel claustrophobic? You Automatically come through an open space.
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