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Makauwahi Cave Reserve History and Ecology Tour on Kauai

  • 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
Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve
From USD 129.00
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Morning ExcursionMost Popular
Tour starts at 8 am.
USD 129.00
Afternoon Excursion
Daily Archaeological Excursion
USD 129.00
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.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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 1 week ago

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!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Learned a lot!

Very interesting tour exploring the archaeology of part of the island and the history of the area. Our guide was quite knowledgeable about the science and cultural history and shared the information in a very engaging way. Learning about how the tortoises play a role...More

1  Thank TJ0325
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed the tour and thanks for taking the time to submit a review! Glad you made it through Hurricane Lane 2018 as well!! ;)

Reviewed 14 August 2018

This awesome tour is worth every freaking penny you will pay. Linz Armstrong is the man for the archeology, anthropology and history of the Kauai and the Hawaiian people who had settled there. Interesting, exciting and and wonderful. Jeez we totally love and appreciate our...More

Thank MaitaP_13
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We think Linz is Da Bomb too! So glad you had a great time! Mahalo!

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Great excursion

It was great to get the history of the area from an expert who was telling great stories but was also able to answer detailed questions. It was a great mix of excursion and enjoying local food!

1  Thank Elena P
Chris L, Public Relations Manager at Ancient Kauai Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! So glad you enjoyed the mix of detailed information and adventure that this tour provides! We think Linz is fabulous and glad that you did too ! Mahalo!

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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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