While it might not be as well-known as the Big Island or Oahu, the island of Kauai has a great deal to offer tourists interested in Hawaii’s exotic flora. Indeed, Kauai has so many lush rainforests and valleys that it’s often referred to as the “Garden Island.” One exceptional place in Kauai for people to book a vacation rental is in the resort city of Princeville. Located on the scenic northern shore, Princeville is an ideal town for visitors looking for some serious R&R.
Without a doubt, the number one attraction in this town is the Princeville Botanical Gardens (PBG). Everyone who visits this area of the island simply can’t resist taking a guided tour of this glorious eight-acre park. After you hear about all the incredible flowers housed in this garden, you’ll probably feel like booking your own trip to Princeville ASAP!
The Founding Of Princeville’s Botanical Garden
First, let’s go over a bit of historical context. Bill and Lucinda Robertson founded the PBG back in 2001. At that time, the Robertsons only cultivated flowers as a pastime. It wasn’t until 2004 when the Robertsons moved to Princeville full-time that they started to make this botanical garden their life’s passion. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the Robertsons have successfully protected hundreds of the PBG’s rare herbs and flowers from pests.
The Robertsons finally decided to open their magnificent park to tourists in 2010. Ever since that opening day in August, tourists and locals alike have fallen in love with these magnificent gardens. In addition to leading guided tours, the Robertsons cultivate their own organic honey, fruits, and chocolate on the garden’s premises.
Flowers, Flowers, And More Flowers!
Botanists are sure to have a ball touring these botanical gardens. As of today, there are at least 600 different plants in the PBG from all four corners of the globe. A few indigenous flowers that you simply can’t miss include the Koki’o Ke’oke’o, the Koki’o, and the Aloalo. There are also numerous flowers from China, South America, Jamaica, Latin America, and even Australia in the PBG. For those who are interested, the Robertsons have published their “Master Plant List” online for the world to see. Just click on this link to look through all the amazing plants you’ll get to see on your tour of these gardens.
A Feast For The Eyes…And The Palate!
You don’t even have to be a garden lover to enjoy a tour of this botanical garden. Foodies are sure to have a splendid time as well. That’s right, everyone on the tour gets to sample the PBG’s 100 percent organic honey and fruit. On top of that, visitors get to enjoy a relaxing 30-minute chocolate tasting test. As you munch on your locally cultivated chocolaty goodies you’ll learn all about the history of chocolate in Hawaii and the mighty cacao trees grown in Princeville’s garden.
General Information About PBG Tours
Tours of Princeville Botanical Garden are only offered on Mondays through Fridays. On Mondays through Thursdays, the garden is open for a 9:30AM tour and a 2PM tour. There’s one 9:30AM tour on Friday. Each tour lasts three hours and doesn’t cancel for rain. Tour guides highly recommend visitors use mosquito repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and carry a full water bottle. All guests must arrive at the botanical gardens at least 20 minutes before the tour begins to check in. Anyone can conveniently schedule their tour on Princeville Botanical Garden’s official website. You can find this botanical garden at 3840 Ahonui Place.
Princeville’s Botanical Gardens: One Of The Highest Reviewed In Hawaii
Over the past decade, a visit to PBG has become not only a must-do activity in Princeville, it’s up there with one of the best things to do in all of Hawaii. Indeed, PBG now holds the number one spot on TripAdvisor’s list of “Things To Do In Princeville” with over 500 positive reviews. Perhaps even more impressive, PBG ranks number 15 on TripAdvisor’s list of the best “Things To Do In Kauai.” It’s undeniable: PBG is one of the best botanical gardens in all of Hawaii. Anyone booking a vacation rental in Princeville owes it to themselves to schedule a tour of these miraculously maintained gardens.