Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou

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Garden
Enjoy greenery, cascading waterfalls, and views of the ocean at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. The garden's fertile, volcanic soil benefits the growth of more than 2,000 tropical species, including an extraordinary collection of palm trees and bromeliads. The garden also functions as a preservation center for tropical plants that have been jeopardized by rain forest destruction. The trek is easy and leisurely, thanks to boardwalks with benches on most trails. Parking is free, and the garden provides umbrellas if it's raining. Because the garden is in a natural valley where temperatures might get quite hot, it's a good idea to bring water and insect repellent. For Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and beyond, use our Papaikou vacation generator to get the most from your Papaikou vacation.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a must stop. The variety of plants is amazing and the views of Onomea bay are a must see! I think this is the best garden on the island and it is really interesting hearing how the owner acqui...  more »
  • Impressive gardens and well maintained. Loved the waterfalls and the twin rocks beach area. Bring your camera for lots of photo ops. Easy to moderate walk and bring a water bottle, you will need it es...  more »
  • The gardens are really beautiful, especially to someone who lives in the northern US and for whom these plants are not familiar. The price just went up ($15 pp to $18 pp) and there is no discount for ...  more »
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  • I loved this place so much, I could spend all day there. The flowers and plants are unique and gorgeous! It seems to be different every time i go, too. The end of the trail at the ocean is beautiful, too. Take your own bug spray and reapply it often.
  • Highly recommended. Beautiful flowers and views of all kind. There is a short steep hill to get down to the gardens but you can pay an extra $10 to have the golf cart take you down to a certain point and then pick you back up. It is worth it, if you have trouble with your knees. I had the prearranged flowers from the gift shop shipped to my mother for Mother's Day and they were absolutely gorgeous.
  • This place is a must see. It feels like you are in another world. The garden grounds are amazing and easy to walk. The beginning is a but of a decline so coming back up may take some a little more time but stop and enjoy the scenrary again. The trails lead you to breathe takings ocean side views.
  • This was a great way to see so many different Hawaii flowers, trees, orchids and a nice ocean view as well. I read the stories about the garden's founders.Pretty amazing that it was created by a couple.There are many signs that explain what those exotic looking plants are called. They created a beautiful walking path that is filled with plants. Highly recommend going here. There is such a vast variety of greenery.
  • Just beautiful and peaceful. The aroma in the air is enchanting. Definitely a must see. @ least once