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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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Tour starts at 8 am.
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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 (34)
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Reviewed yesterday
Informative and fun

Chris was our guide. He had a wealth of knowledge, was helpful in every way. He showed us ancient cultural sites and gave the history of those who settled. Drove us to a reserve with multiple plants, rock formations, and animals. The views were outstanding,...More

Thank Bill S
Chris L, Guide at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the great day Bill. Your sense of humor and interest in history and ecology shone through. Hope we cross paths again sometime. Thanks again! Chris

Reviewed yesterday
If You Want to do Something Special

We had the good fortune to have Chris, one of the resident archeologists give us a morning tour of ancient Hawaiian scientific sites, as well as the reserve where you get a special VIP tour of the Makauwahi Cave. Anyone would get a thrill out...More

Thank Frank W
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much Frank. What a great tour today! It was a pleasure to meet you and Karen this week. Lets keep in touch! -Chris

Reviewed 1 week ago
Informative Tour

Booked this tour last minute and glad we did! Went in not knowing much about history of Kauai, our guide Linz was very knowledgeable about the area history and culture as he led the tour. He kept the tour engaging and explained anything we had...More

Thank Christine L
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ha! Great to see someone thirsty for knowledge! So glad that you enjoyed the tour, and we agree that Linz is the best! Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Mahalo, AKE Team

Reviewed 12 September 2018
A Wonderful Experience

I rarely write reviews, but I feel compelled to add my voice to those recommending this tour. Linz did an amazing job of walking us through Kauai’s archaeological sites and history. His passion for the subject and his love of Kauai and its people is...More

Thank Charles B
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Mahalo nui loa for your review! So glad you enjoyed the tour! We are working on developing new tours, so hopefully we will see you again on Ancient Kauai Excursions!

Reviewed 31 August 2018
A Unique Kauaiian Experience

We've enjoyed the beautiful natural environment of Hawaii for years, but have never taken the time to learn more about its history. Today changed all of that. Thanks to the expertise & knowledge of our archeologist guide, Linz, not only did we learn more about...More

Thank Catherine M
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! So glad that you enjoyed the tour and Linz was able to transform that "pile of rocks" into a story about the history of this beautiful island ! Mahalo!

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Road35720
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 MaitaP_13 | 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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Debbie A
9 April 2018|
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