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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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Fantastic!

Beautifully cared for tropical garden outside the city of Hilo. The price is steep per guest but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mhbirnbaum
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Montclair, New Jersey
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Orchids Galore!!!

The history of these wonderful gardens is an amazing legacy and story. Take the time to make the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Denise K
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Longmont, Colorado
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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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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautifully cared for tropical garden outside the city of Hilo. The price is steep per guest but worth it. We have visited twice and both times were fantastic. If you are staying on the western side of the island, the rain forest terrain is a...More

Thank Mhbirnbaum
Reviewed 2 days ago

The history of these wonderful gardens is an amazing legacy and story. Take the time to make the walk through the beautiful flowers and fauna. For those with ambulatory disabilities, there is a golf cart to assist with traveling on the trail. Just Beautiful!!

Thank Denise K
Reviewed 2 days ago

A tour guide had told us that when in the Hilo area we should stop at the botanical gardens. We originally found a smaller garden but soon realized we were at the wrong location. If you are a lover of plants and scenery, you MUST...More

Thank travelisfun195
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great to get out of the car and walk around. Plan to spend two hours to see this slice of the old Hawaii. There are accommodations for folks who are not able to comfortably handle the walkways too. Great views of the ocean right up...More

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Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Aloha Sandra K, Thank you for your nice review!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Took day trip from Waikola to Hilo and visited the botanical gardens. Was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see as well as the views of the bay. You pay an entrance fee but it's worth it to help maintain the garden. It's...More

Thank RVargas98
Hawaii_Trop, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again!

Reviewed 6 days ago

I am not a botanical expert nore a huge fan but I enjoyed every minute of this visit. If you are to make one visit of this type of site, this is the one without a doubt. Even our boys (14 and 18 years old)...More

Thank martin d
Hawaii_Trop, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The hike down is a bit steep but it is on a nice boardwalk with places to rest. Well laid out with easy to walk on trails. There are waterfalls and lots of shade. It goes all the way to the shoreline for some nice...More

Thank bobndee24
Hawaii_Trop, Executive Director at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. Please come and visit us again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very nice garden about a 15 minute drive or so from Hilo. Had a nice collection of tropical plants (did NOT realize there were so many varieties of peace lily!) and the garden was laid out in an interesting manner; includes some...More

Thank MuiFamily
Hawaii_Trop, Guest Relations Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again! Also, There is a golf cart service that can help people with the steep boardwalk entry and exit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here because one of our party is an international garden judge who tours the world judging plant shows. She enjoyed the garden enormously and even the rest of us who are definitely not nearly as enthusiastic about plants enjoyed the garden. The steep...More

Thank Aussiesinmaine
Hawaii_Trop, Guest Relations Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family was visiting the Big Island for a few days and this was one of the stops I wanted to do. It can be a little pricey as far as botanic gardens go, but my brother is in the military so we got a...More

Thank sarajean31
Hawaii_Trop, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Garden and for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again!

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I was using a google fi phone (which searches for the strongest signal among several carriers) and had no connection problems on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
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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!
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Dayna C
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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
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