Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou

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#5 of 125 in Parks in Island of Hawaii
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. Put Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Papaikou tour planner .
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  • A tropical paradise! We meandered for hours on a self guided tour through the tropical rainforest, waterfalls, exotic plants and along the rugged coast. While many species are not native to Hawaii, th...  more »
  • One has to be impressed. An overgrown rain forest valley just north of Hilo has been transformed into a tropical garden. Tropical plants from around the world has been brought here and flourish in the...  more »
  • Visited here six years ago and vowed to return, so was so pleased when today's visit did not disappoint. The grounds are beautifully planted and fairly well maintained, but the highlight here is the s...  more »
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  • Simply beautiful! Once a garbage filled valley has been transformed over the span of a couple decades into a tropical oasis. A one mile walk round trip down to the ocean and back. They are open 9-5pm, we got there around 3pm and had plenty of time to leisurely stroll through the grounds. It's $15/person with a gift shop and restrooms. My daughter loved the parrot enclosure located about half way through and all the plants and flowers are labeled. It was a nice stop on our way down the hamauka coast.
  • I love this place! I love arboretums and botanical gardens. This one is spectacular. You experience lush rainforest, wonderful foliage, rough ocean views, and so much more. My phone ran out of battery in the hour it took to explore all the beauties and I'm sure I missed quite a bit. Most of the park is wheelchair accessible but the ramp is quite steep and might sometimes be slippery. I highly recommend visiting this place.
  • It is a superb experience visiting this place. A must see when on the big island. Hundreds of thousands of species of plants from different parts of the world. The staff here is really helpful. The one attraction worth visiting is the lookout points to the ocean. I could sit there for hours listening to the waves. There's a golf cart which goes around for almost the whole route for people who cannot walk steep slopes. They charge a nominal fee of $5. One thing I didn't like is that they have 4 exotic parrots caged in the middle of the park. I'm sure they must be feeding them well and keeping them happy, but it still doesn't feel right!
  • Very beautiful and fun. It is pretty steep hike back up. We have a larger family with younger kids so the annual pass worked best for us. Nice gift shop. It is a small road to get there, but a pretty drive. We went out the other way abs that was nice to. More of an open road.
  • This is a must do. This remarkable valley is beautiful and informative. The gift shop is friendly with unique gifts. You descend alone a sodden path into a wonderland of tropical plants. Lots of photo opportunities, variety and views. Great ocean view at the bottom. Golf carts available for minor fee if you need help with the walk.
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