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World Botanical Gardens

Highway 19 & Leopolino Road & Old Mamalohoa Highway, Hwy 19 at Mile Marker 16 - 16 Miles North of Hilo, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96728
+1 808-963-5427
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Ranked #5 of 5 attractions in Hakalau
Type: Gardens
Owner description: See the waterfalls by trail or road. Drive right to the viewpoints for the impressive Kamae'e Falls --- one of the best waterfalls in Hawaii or walk... more » Owner description: See the waterfalls by trail or road. 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.Or make your own Self-Tour and discover the beauty of Hawaii as you explore the 200 acre Gardens by car and on foot. Drive to 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 Children's Maze.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 World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls!The Gardens is also home of the family friendly Zip Isle Zip Line Adventure featuring 7 zip lines and a thrilling suspension bridge. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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Riverside, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Seeing this advertised in various brochures we expected a lot more. Having said that there was a nice walk, "Rainforest Walk" with various plants labeled. A drive to a waterfall that was nice and then the botanical gardens themselves. The garden was large w/ many different plants all labeled. We were underwhelmed w/ the maze. We were unable to do... More

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Enumclaw, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We rode sedways through the World Botanical Gardens at highway marker 16 on Hwy 19 going north from Hilo....It is two hours and we went through gardents with 2,000 species of flowers, trees, fruit, etc. We also went through a rain forest and up to the top. Our guide, Arlenn was wonderful...a young man that knew the history and very... More

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Vegreville Alberta
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160 reviews 160 reviews
42 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We stopped by to explore the botanical gardens to see, learn about enjoy the various plants that grow on the Big Island. The grounds aren't in the best shape as it appeared that what was once a manacured pathway with signage to identify the various plants now grown over and unkept. We had the place to ourselves as nobody else... More

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186 reviews 186 reviews
107 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The gardens were very beautiful with extensive variety of plants. It was really fun trying to find our way out of the maze. It was part of our Groupon pass for zip lining and the Segway.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Maybe it was the time of year, January, but this was a huge disappointment. Grounds were poorly maintained and very few plants in bloom making it way overpriced. Better maze and garden at Dole Plantation. Portable toilets were messy. You can see much better examples of streams, falls and foliage by taking advantage of free island trails.

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Newport Beach, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It was a great experience! The garden is lovely - orchids, flowers and exotic strange looking plants, trees, flowers. They even let you taste fruit picked right from the trees! And everyone one was so friendly!

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Jasper, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We were given free passes so on the day of waiting for our flight out we spent some time walking the garden and taking pictures. It is beautiful to see the many different plants and flowers, waterfalls. The maze was the highlight for our teens. Despite the drizzling rain, one can shelter under trees and the rain is warm so... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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135 reviews 135 reviews
52 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I saw many plants that were different than I am used to. Who knew there is an albino palm. The tour guide gave us much info on all we saw.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Umauma were the falls we were actually trying to go to. Signs are deceiving. We thought that was part of the entrance fee as this one came first and we had no idea that there was another registration just up the road. Still we had fun. We giggled in the maze. The drive up to the falls that are included... More

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Fort Bragg, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

These gardens were our first attraction that we visited on the Hilo side, and it was a memorable experience. The clerk at our hotel gave us two free admission tickets, but it is certainly worth the entry fee ( good for one week of visits!) The bountiful variety and color of plants is amazing. We had a casual stroll along... More

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