Welcome to Koloa


Throughout Old Koloa Town, you will find historic placards that tell the story of the town and the rise of sugar. You can dive even more in depth with a visit to the Koloa History Center, the Sugar Monument, the church and the Jodo Mission.

Coming from Lihuʻe, take Maluhia Rd (Hwy 520), which leads through the enchanting Tree Tunnel, a mile-long canopy of towering eucalyptus trees. Pineapple baron Walter McBryde planted them as a community project in 1911, using leftover trees from his estate.


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$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

TOUR DESCRIPTION: Explore some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots which will demonstrate why this island is known as “The Garden Isle.” During your all-day tour, the lush vegetation, covering all altitudes, will surround you from towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3,500-foot cliffs to waterfalls crashing down deep valleys and fern-covered grottos. Many dramatic ocean views will also delight you as you explore almost the entire island.HIGHLIGHTS:  Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of the British Queen Victoria. Tunnel of Trees - Over a century ago, 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa. Koloa Town - Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days. Spouting Horn - One of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park - The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Islands. Captain Cook’s Landing -  Where the first British discoverer Captain James cook first landed and discovered Hawaii. Waimea Canyon -  Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. Coco Palms Grove - Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii. Holo Holo Ku Heaiu - (sacred site) A sacrificial stone foundation. Wailua River Boat Cruise - Float down a fresh water river while being enchanted by songs and stories of ancient Hawaii. Fern Grotto - Discover the beauty of a tropical rain forest filled with lush native plants. Opaeka`a Falls Lookout - Most accessible waterfall on the island.

$114.52 Outdoor Activities

Kauai Zipline Tour in Poipu

Your Kauai zipline tour takes place at a zipline course just outside the Poipu resort area and the town of Koloa, near the southeastern tip of Kauai. When you arrive, meet your zipline guides, who will give you a quick safety briefing and outfit you with all the necessary equipment and gear.Then take to the trees for your eight-line adventure! As you soar across the lush valley from platform to platform (some as high as 200 feet in the air!) catch views of Kauai’s southern shore and the bright blue Pacific, and hear legends about Kauai from your guides. See native vegetation like the uluhe fern and the kukui, Hawaii’s state tree; as the bright green landscape spreads out beneath you, you’ll have no trouble understanding why Kauai is called the Garden Isle! During the tour, three water breaks will be taken so you can stay hydrated and catch your breath.

$156.25 Outdoor Activities

Fresh-Water Bass Fishing Trip on Kauai

After meeting in Koloa in the morning or afternoon, your knowledgeable local guide will take you to the private freshwater Waita Reservoir, the largest inland body of water in Hawaii. Hop in a 3-person or 6-person boat, depending on the size of your party.Enjoy 4-hours of catch-and-release fishing. where you'll try your hand at fishing for large- and small-mouth bass and peacock bass, as well as tilapia and cat fish. Relax and admire the scenery as you sip complimentary juice and water on board; you’re also welcome to bring your own snacks to enjoy. You’ll return to the launching spot after approximately four hours.

$25.50 Tours & Sightseeing

McBryde Garden Self Guided Tour

SHARE IN THE RICHNESSTake an adventure into a treasure house of tropical flora. Explore at your own pace the unique biodiversity of native and exotic plants, recognized for their value and their beauty. Journey back to ancient Hawaii in the Canoe Garden and imagine the arrival of the Polynesians on these islands. Encounter rare and endangered Hawaiian species, some extinct in the wild. Visit the living laboratory where scientists are still discovering the secrets of these plants. Wander beside an ever-changing stream through intriguing palms and exotic trees. McBryde Garden is tucked away in the secluded Lawai Valley. Tour check-in is at the Southshore Visitors Center, a short distance from the Valley rim. Your tour includes Garden transportation into and out of the Valley, along a spectacular scenic route.Tour Length: At your own pace; please allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.Return trams run hourly. You may board a return tram throughout the day on the hour of your choice, with last return tram leaving Valley at 5 p.m.All our visits begin at our South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting HornLocated at 4425 Lawaʻi Road in Koloa, (across the street from Spouting Horn) the South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden. All tours begin and end at the South Shore Visitors Center where parking, ticketing, and gift shop are located.Get directions to the Visitors Center or use GPS coordinates +21 53′ 8.67″, -159 29′ 33.04″ in your navigation device.Arrival and Check InParking and check in for all McBryde and Allerton Garden tours is available at the South Shore Visitor Center located at 4425 Lawai Road, Po`ipu, HI. Each tour includes a narrated, 15-minute shuttle ride to and from the gardens along the dramatic coastline of the South Shore. What to BringMcBryde and Allerton tours are outdoor attractions and weather can be unpredictable on Kauaʻi. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and terrain. Please bring the following items with you:Comfortable walking shoesRain protectionSun protectionWater bottleInsect repellantWater bottle filling stations and concessions are available at the South Shore Visitors Center and Food for Thought tram stop in McBryde Garden.Garden ClosuresWeather or emergency-related closure of the gardens will be posted with as much advance notice as possible on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Registered visitors will also receive an email, text message, or call.Cancellation Policy24-hour cancellation required for full refund, 72 hours for groups of 5 or more.

$50 Outdoor Activities

Allerton Garden Guided Tour

RELAX, CONNECT, BE INSPIRED Tour the garden to see towering rainforest trees with tall curving roots that grow near bronze mermaids, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a cut-flower garden, and tropical fruit trees. Here the focus is on landscape design, but among the plantings are botanically important species of the tropics, including varieties of palms, ki (ti), heliconias, and gingers. Nestled in the stunning Lawai Valley, Allerton Garden as we know it today has a rich history of philanthropy, art, and botanical curiosity that begins with Robert Allerton. Robert was an aspiring artist, a philanthropist, and “the richest bachelor in Chicago,” but it wasn’t until he became an amateur landscape architect that he discovered his life’s purpose – to become a patron of the arts.  In 1938 Robert purchased 83 acres of the valley with his lifetime companion and adopted son John Gregg, and created his garden paradise.  Together they transformed the grounds to become a living museum of curated plant collections, priceless art, and water features. Tour Length: 2.5 hours. All our visits begin at our South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting Horn Located at 4425 Lawaʻi Road in Koloa, (across the street from Spouting Horn) the South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden. All tours begin and end at the South Shore Visitors Center where parking, ticketing, and gift shop are located. Get directions to the Visitors Center or use GPS coordinates +21 53′ 8.67″, -159 29′ 33.04″ in your navigation device. Arrival and Check In Parking and check in for all McBryde and Allerton Garden tours is available at the South Shore Visitor Center located at 4425 Lawai Road, Po`ipu, HI. Each tour includes a narrated, 15-minute shuttle ride to and from the gardens along the dramatic coastline of the South Shore. What to Bring Allerton guided tours are an outdoor experience and weather can be unpredictable on Kauaʻi. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and terrain. Please bring the following items with you: Comfortable walking shoes Rain protection Sun protection Water bottle Insect repellant Water bottle filling stations and concessions are available at the South Shore Visitors Center and Food for Thought tram stop in McBryde Garden. Garden Closures Weather or emergency-related closure of the gardens will be posted with as much advance notice as possible on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Registered visitors will also receive an email, text message, or call. Cancellation Policy 24-hour cancellation required for full refund, 72 hours for groups of 5 or more.

$95 Outdoor Activities

Allerton Garden at SUNSET Guided Tour

ADMIRE, INDULGE, UNWIND Guided tours of the Allerton Garden are part garden tour, part art exhibit and entirely unique. Visitors are guided through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features.  Then, enter the private estate house of the Allertons and enjoy a light dinner  on the lanai as you hear the waves of the ocean meet the sands of the beach. Nestled in the stunning Lawai Valley, Allerton Garden as we know it today has a rich history of philanthropy, art, and botanical curiosity that begins with Robert Allerton.  Robert was an aspiring artist, and philanthropist, but it wasn’t until he became an amateur landscape architect that he discovered his life’s purpose – to become a patron of the arts.  In 1938 Robert purchased 83 acres of the valley with his lifetime companion and adopted son John Gregg, and created his garden paradise.  Together they transformed the grounds to become a living museum of curated plant collections, priceless art, and water features. Tour Length: 3 hours approximately  All our visits begin at our South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting Horn Located at 4425 Lawaʻi Road in Koloa, (across the street from Spouting Horn) the South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden. All tours begin and end at the South Shore Visitors Center where parking, ticketing, and gift shop are located. Get directions to the Visitors Center or use GPS coordinates +21 53′ 8.67″, -159 29′ 33.04″ in your navigation device. Arrival and Check In Parking and check in for all McBryde and Allerton Garden tours is available at the South Shore Visitor Center located at 4425 Lawai Road, Po`ipu, HI. Each tour includes a narrated, 15-minute shuttle ride to and from the gardens along the dramatic coastline of the South Shore. What to Bring Allerton guided tours are an outdoor experience and weather can be unpredictable on Kauaʻi. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and terrain. Please bring the following items with you: Comfortable walking shoes Rain protection Sun protection Water bottle Insect repellent Water bottle filling stations and concessions are available at the South Shore Visitors Center. Garden Closures Weather or emergency-related closure of the gardens will be posted with as much advance notice as possible on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Registered visitors will also receive an email, text message, or call. Cancellation Policy 24-hour cancellation required for full refund, 72 hours for groups of 5 or more.

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