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Botanical World Adventures

Address: 31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hwy 19 at Mile Marker 16 - 16 Miles North of Hilo, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710
Phone Number: +1 808-963-5427
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Ranked #4 of 5 things to do in Hakalau
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Botanical World Adventures includes Zip Isle Zip Line, Segway Off-Road Adventure, the World...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Botanical World Adventures includes Zip Isle Zip Line, Segway Off-Road Adventure, the World Botanical Gardens, Maze, Waterfalls and more. Drive right to the viewpoints for the impressive Kamae'e Falls --- one of the best waterfalls in Hawaii or walk down the river trail to see Hanapueo Falls with its intimate beauty. Take a Guided Tour of the gardens with Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel (reservations, please). Takes approximately two hours and lunch is also available. Take your own Self-guided Audio Tour with our Audio Wands. Discover the hidden beauty of Hawaii as you explore the hundreds of acres Gardens by car and on foot. View exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to spectacular waterfalls. Stroll through hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rain Forest Walk. Immerse yourself in our botanical Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and scores of tropical species. You will wander at your leisure and see the adjacent Arboretum and the huge woody Maze, one of the largest in the world! You will also see spectacular 360-degree vistas which include snow-capped Mauna Kea, pastoral grazing and sweeping ocean views. Everyone will love all the popular activities at Botanical World Adventures! The Gardens is home to the family friendly Zip Isle Zip Line Adventure featuring 7 zip lines and a thrilling suspension bridge. The Segways are a truly exciting experience and another great new way to see the botanical gardens with family and friends!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Got the garden tour for 2 as a groupon. Lani the guide was very knowledgeable an gave us 2 neophyes all the info and then some for all the flora and fauna we saw. We were there in Jan. with not much flowering activity causing the guide to describe things that may not be a part of a normal tour... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went for a Segway adventure in the morning. Our guide was terrific! He did a great job of explaining how to use the machine and got us comfortable before we took off. He was very knowledgeable about the plants in the area and you could tell that he was very proud of the place and takes ownership of its... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

they charge $15 to walk their garden. It was not worth $5. Very cluttered with Leaves and branches down everywhere. Not well kept up. No real walking path, you just wander around. Hardly any flowers. It's more like an orchard with grass that no one takes care of. There is a trail to a creek, but it is hard to... More 

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Mark R, General Manager at Botanical World Adventures, responded to this review

Aloha and Mahalo for your comments, We would like to have the opportunity to discuss your experience. We offer the map of the gardens when checking in which guides to many of our unique areas. We would like to ask if you used the Walking Stick Audio tour that is hours of information about hundreds of plants in the Rainbow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

First we did the Segway and enjoyed it very much!! Keanu was a great teacher and was extremely informative about the gardens. Next we did the Zip line with Kalani and Ipo. We had a blast!! I would highly recommend these activities!!!

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband & I decided to do the zip lining & segway tour on this trip to the Big Island. Spoke to the manager before we left home & she agreed to match a special from TravelZoo ( special was ending just as we arrived). Great customer service, right from the manager to the different guides. On arriving at the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Around Christmas my family and I went to Botanical World and did the zipline as well as the segway. Both had very friendly guides, however both were overpriced for what was offered. In addition to this one of the segway tickets was offered to be refunded due to medical concerns. Two months later I am still trying to get the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

At first appearance this looked like it was going to be something we might regret. The office is a trailer and the bathroom facilities are portable potties. Then our tour guide walked up and I was certain this place was a mistake. Keanau looked like a local islander who just wandered in from the fields. But, that's when everything changed.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

the thought of riding a segway was awesome the staff are awesome and have the true ALOHA spirit, however the tour thru the garden was pretty lame, I really didnt care about the plant life neither did my wife we wanted to ride, so if your going beware that the ride isn't to long and also OMG the spiders and... More 

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Saint Louis MO
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We came for the Segway tour of the garden. Keanu was our guide. What a gifted, passionate young man. He was helpful in getting us comfortable on the Segways (and I was nervous, trust me). He shared so much information about the various plants and fruits (and offered tastes of many items as we toured the gardens.) The gardens were... More 

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Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I will say that the staff was great and the gardens are quite nice. I feel like we didn't really understand what this place was all about so I hope to clarify that here to help others out. First off, this place has a great story and is relatively young (nearly all plantings done within last 20 or so years).... More 

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Mark R, Manager at Botanical World Adventures, responded to this review

Aloha and Mahalo for your feedback. We are always working to create a excellent experience for our guests. The guides are almost all natives of the area and they are passionate about this place that is their home. We are glad you appreciated that and we will try to let our guides know your comments. We also guarantee satisfaction. I... More 

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