We will pick you up from your hotel if you are staying multiple days on the island, or from the port if you are arriving on a cruise ship. Once we arrive at the garden, you will be greeted by the passionate volunteer and given an introduction to the tour. After everyone is gathered together, you will begin your walk through the beautiful grounds. Everywhere you look, there are unique plants that look like they’re from another world. Massive palm trees soar overhead, and the leaves are colossal. You will stop periodically throughout the tour for photo opportunities and to taste some fresh fruit from the garden. You will see plants the beehives that are cared for by the volunteers and get to sample some of the delicious honey. Your guide can instruct you on the medicinal uses that many of the plants have. They will also teach you the history of how they arrived on the islands. You will learn about the “canoe” plants and why they were so important. At the end of the walk through the grounds, you will have an instruction demo about chocolate. You will learn about the process of how it grows, what the difference is between milk and dark chocolate, and the process of turning it from a cacao bean into a chocolate bar. Afterward, you get to taste a selection of chocolates from around the world in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. Once you are filled up from the exceptional chocolate, you’ll have the option to look through the gift shop for handmade local crafts and admire the local goods. After we finish at the botanical garden, we will go on a short drive to the nearby Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and lighthouse. Here, you can see a vast array of different seabirds, including red and blue-footed boobies, albatross (in the winter) and possibly Nene. In the winter, you have a chance to see whales off the coast as well. Once we finish at the lighthouse, we will drop you back off at the same point that we picked you up. The chocolate tour is the highlight of many of our guests’ trips to Kauai, and you’ll see why once you’ve experienced it.