Jewels of Hawaii: Allerton & McBryde Tropical Gardens & Waterfall

  • Port

    Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5½ Hours

  • Meals Included


The National Tropical Botanical Gardens is a network of five public gardens, each dedicated to preserving endangered plant species. Three of these gardens are located on Kauai. National Geographic described Allerton Garden as one of the world's 50 must-see destinations, and the adjacent McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of Hawaiian flora in the world.

Your day of adventure begins with a short, scenic drive to Poipu, on the southern coast of Kauai. Pass through the gates of the Allerton Garden and wind past dramatic cliff-top views of the protected bay below. On a guided tour of this once-private estate, you will explore the extraordinary beauty of one of the world's premier congressionally chartered botanical research organizations. Stroll through outdoor rooms and see rippling pools, fountains and dramatic sculptures, Artist Robert Allerton and his son, John Gregg Allerton, created this masterpiece of landscape architecture and garden art in the early 20th century. Today it is often described as a living work of art.

Next, you will travel by vehicle deeper into the upper Lawai Valley. The McBryde Garden, located here, is home to more than 250 acres of conservation research land and to more than 6,000 rare and endangered plant species collected from throughout the Pacific Basin and the world.

After a delightful deli lunch in a garden gazebo, set off on a short, leisurely walk on a lush trail with some of the rarest species of plants found in the garden. The enchanted tropical rain forest leads you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Kauai. To end your visit, stop by the Visitor Center to shop for a gift or souvenir.

En route back to the ship, you'll stop at the Spouting Horn blowhole -- one of the most popular attractions on Kauai.


Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Guests with mobility limitations may be able to be accommodated with more than 24 hours' advance notice. The Allerton & McBryde Gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization. Your visit will contribute to their ongoing restoration mission to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. Tour does not operate on holidays.