Stroll Through a Botanical Garden
Not far from Hilo, two public gardens are laid out in exquisite natural environments: the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden and the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls.
Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden, opened in 1984, is nestled in a 40-acre valley edged by the Pacific Ocean. Here you’ll find more than 2,000 species of exotic plants that include orchids, palms, heliconias, gingers and bromeliads, among others. Located on Highway 19, it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
World Botanical Gardens offers great fun for everyone. Fly through the rainforest on Zip Isle’s seven-stage Zip Line Eco Tour. Glide past beautiful gardens and magnificent waterfalls on Hawai‘i’s only botanical Segway tour. Get up-close to amazing Hawaiian beauty, immersing yourself in lush gardens with hundreds of orchids and exotic plants on the guided tour (reservations required). Don’t miss the impressive Kamae‘e Falls and other waterfalls. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
On the other side of the island, Pua Mau Place is a botanical garden and arboretum laid out on the west slope of the Kohala Mountains near Kawaihae. The gardens feature