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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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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a relatively young garden area. To me, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens are a much better display of the flora and fauna. However, the staff here truly have embraced the aloha spirit and ideology. These are some of the nicest people we have met and they really want you to enjoy your experience and get the most out of... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Just a beautiful rain forest, grounds are well kept, and you can do it on the Segways if you want. Dont forget the maze also!

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Reston, VA
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The World Botanical Gardens is a fairly small garden that has a sample of pretty much anything you could find growing in Hawaii. It was nice to find out what everything I'd been seeing was! The garden tour is a very easy, walkable path so most anyone could do it. There is also a maze, which if fun (especially for... More

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177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I had heard that there was a great botanical garden on the east side of the Big Island so when I drove past this place, and having seen one of their ad brochures, we stopped and decided to go in. I have to say, in my opinion, this was the worst mistake of my entire visit to the Big Island.... More

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

Aloha! Your satisfaction is always of paramount importance to us. Please contact our guest services right away to allow our staff to make this right. We man the guest center throughout the day and are surprised if you didn't find someone there even if it were after closing. Our guest services stay after closing by some period. We want to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

All the activities are in one location. Perfect place to bring the whole family. Lots of fun tours for everyone.

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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

I was worried about this place after having read some of the negative reviews, people complaining about spiders in and outdoor environment and that the garden wasn't well manicured. This is a wild tropical environment. I took the Segway tour of the garden it was wonderful. The guide was very knowledgable about all the plants and gave me one really... More

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Riverside, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
43 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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236 reviews 236 reviews
116 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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