Shore Excursion Details

Iao Valley, Botanical Garden & Lavender Farm

Kahului, Maui

Iao Valley, Botanical Garden & Lavender Farm


  • 6
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

View a watershed battle site in a verdant valley as a prelude to strolling through a botanical garden and seeing how locally grown lavender is infused into a plethora of products. Iao Valley State Park now covers a mountainous area where King Kamehameha I won the Battle of Kepaniwai in 1790 and united the Hawaiian Islands. The volcanic pinnacle known as the Iao Needle soars above the rainforest there. Similarly, the massive shield volcano Haleakala provides a gorgeous setting for the Kula Botanical Garden. As you meander its garden paths, you may pass koi ponds, walk through a covered bridge and enjoy the soothing sounds of waterfalls. A flourishing lavender farm nearby offers an equally tranquil experience. While exploring on your own, you can take in the sweeping views of Maui’s central valley and see how lavender is grown and used in products such as soaps, essential oils, jelly and candles.


  • See the site of the 1790 battle that led to the unification of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Stroll the winding paths at the Kula Botanical Garden.
  • Explore a lavender farm and marvel at the array of products made with the flowering plant.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: Wear walking shoes and a light jacket. No wheelchairs of any kind allowed. Guests must be able to navigate uneven sidewalks, stairs, some grassy and/or gravel areas.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Wildlife Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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