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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
+1 808-964-5233
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Wonderful Garden, Wonderful Story

Even on a rainy day, this is a magical place. The walk is simply gorgeous. The tropical flowers... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chuck L
WORST Value in Hawaii

WAY overpriced. Worst value in Hawaii. I've been to 5 of the Hawaiian Islands this year and this... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Emily E
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The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.
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  • Poor1%
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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
+1 808-964-5233
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Even on a rainy day, this is a magical place. The walk is simply gorgeous. The tropical flowers are beautiful. When you add the story of how they came about, one has to be inspired. We will certainly return!

Thank Chuck L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

WAY overpriced. Worst value in Hawaii. I've been to 5 of the Hawaiian Islands this year and this place gets my lowest rating. Don't bother going. Not even if you are a plant fanatic. There are lovely plants everywhere in Hawaii and this is nothing...More

Thank Emily E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who knew there were so many varieties of ginger plants? Who knew there were this many types of heliconias? Of bromeliads, orchids or tropical trees? This botanical garden is a gem, complete with two rushing streams, a waterfall, lily pad pond and ocean overlook with...More

Thank Jen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-do for the Big Island (even if you are not really big into botanical gardens). The layout of the gardens, the beautiful tropical plants and flowers and lovely winding path were a photographer's dream. The best was the spectacular views on the...More

Thank Buberry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spectacularly beautiful botanical garden! We loved the many varieties of plants and flowers. Also, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens has gorgeous views along the ocean, waterfalls and macaws. Definitely one of the highlights of our 11 day trip. You take a long sloping walk down...More

Thank panpanda
Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is beautifully laid out with just the right amount of walking, variety, and information provided. It's a steep path down in the beginning, but fairly flat after that. The orchids were especially beautiful as they grew from the trees in an amazing range...More

Thank JMA-Kunming
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the most beautiful spot on Big Island that we visited (other than a few beaches of course). The flora here was some I never thought I'd see in real life. I mean that! It was like something from a movie, like Avitar. It...More

Thank ashley200688
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 acquired the land and developed...More

1  Thank JLord24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 especially on a hot day. Once inside the garden, there...More

Thank chunkymonkey2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 seniors (maybe that's because most of their...More

2  Thank SabreSailor
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How is cellular service in the gardens?
2 May 2017|
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Response from belrangodoucet | Reviewed this property |
Cell service is all over the island. You should have no issues getting it here. For ourselves we did not use our phones kind of defeats the purpose of relaxing in a beautiful place
Can anyone tell me how the drive is from Waikoloa to the botanical gardens? For instance , I'm glad I used a tour bus to go to Hilo due to some of the narrow and winding roads . Is this a straight ride or is it up mountains with narrow roads also?
20 April 2017|
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Response from Kent C | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed the drive there. If you aren't already aware of the Kapoho tidal pools south of Hilo, you really need to check them out. Get a mask and snorkel and go for it!
Dayna C
What food/snacks are served on this tour? We are trying to find a tour that will include horseback riding as well. We won't have a car there and want to see the gardens, falls, and valley of kings w/horseback riding. Any suggestions?
10 April 2017|
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Response from pcokfarm | Reviewed this property |
There was a nice packed turkey wrapped sandwich on the horseback tour to the water fall. Nothing fancy, but nice. They check with our needs before the tour. I don't recall food with the garden, but we found a great little... More