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“Beautiful place, friendly staff...go for the right reasons, though” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Botanical World Adventures

Botanical World Adventures
31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hwy 19 at Mile Marker 16 - 16 Miles North of Hilo, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710
+1 808-963-5427
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Hakalau
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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 older children, Activities for young children
Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
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“Beautiful place, friendly staff...go for the right reasons, though”
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). They are continually working on adding many different plants.
Here's what my wife and I found to be great: the enthusiasm of our zipline guides and our Segway tour leader (Keaneau), the part of the segway tour through the gardens (Keaneau cut off fresh fruit for us to eat...things we've never had access to...that alone could have been worth the trip there).
Here's what left us thinking, "not a good value". For $147 per person, I expected a pretty significant zipline adventure. It wasn't. We've done zipline canopy tours at bretton woods resort in the White Mountains (http://brettonwoods.com/activities/canopy_tour/overview), where...for $110 you can go on a 3 hour SICK* zipline canopy tour AND ski the rest of the day. *SICK (in my book) is high speed, super long zip lines very often more than 100' above the ground (at one point it crosses a valley and must be at least 200' up) and then there's the rappelling out of the tree's in a couple of places to hike to the next line. Similarly, the zipline and high adventure course at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania is also a much better value...insanely good, actually at $45 ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g53691-d122320-r140366695-Skytop_Lodge-Skytop_Pocono_Mountains_Region_Pennsylvania.html)...or check them out on yelp. There's no argument that there are MUCH, MUCH better values out there. The same goes for the Segway tour. We did very little Segway-ing (can I make that a verb?), but we did see some great gardens, ate fruit we didn't know existed and got a serious primer on Hawaiian history and the problems/solutions for the new generation of Hawaiians as told by a (late 20's?). very passionate Keaneau.. He had a few facts wrong, but still....you've got to admire his passion! Go for the gardens. If you've never been on a zipline before, this is the one to start on. If you like lots of mostly accurate and fairly biased chatter about hawaiian history and not much actual segway riding, then this is the place for you. I truly LOVE the people...they really are great souls, but I don't see the value.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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“Segway riding was a blast but need to move more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Like riding the segway, experiencing a new mode of transportation. Granted this is a botanical garden but we spent too much time stopped while the very nice guide talked about the vegetation. I more preferred a segway ride than a class about the plant life.
No one got off the segway for a long time but I had to because my feet were burning just standing in one place, even if moving to toes and heels for moving the segway.
Would be better if they gave us SOME info on the plant life, then let us go about wherever we wanted, enjoying the riding. (I did this is Glenwood Springs, CO)

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Seattle, Washington
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“Fun zipline especially for first timers and kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This was our families first zipline and we weren't sure if our 7 year old would be okay with ziplining. She's under 70lbs so she went in tandem with one of the guides. In the beginning she was nervous and wanted to watch everyone. Halfway through she was ready to be the first one out. The route is set up so you start with shorter, easier lines and work up and learn about zipping as you go. Only trouble is that I was having fun zipping through that I didn't remember to look around. The guides also introduced us to some of the local fruit which I enjoyed. (although the kids weren't into it).

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Holualoa, Hawaii
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Keanu (our tour guide) was amazing!! Had never ridden a segway before, and was just a little bit intimidated about it. Keanu was very patient with our group of five. We all learned how to get around on them pretty quickly. His knowledge of the garden was excellent, and the experience of getting to try the fruits right off the trees was a really cool experience!! Highly recommended!!

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Saint Peters, Missouri
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“Segway Was Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We really enjoyed our Segway tour of the Botanical Gardens on November 1, 2014. It ended up just being the two of us and the guide. This on-road and off-road tour via Segway's was a blast. The tour guide evaluated our skill level and adjusted the tour as necessary for that. We had ridden before so we went everywhere. The guide was able to provide samples of some of the fruits from the trees as we went along and was ready to stop anytime we wanted to ask a question or look closer at a tree or any of the plant life. The Gardens are a work in progress and do not have paved walkways throughout which is a welcome change. This provides more of a rural feel, like your are exploring the backyard of a 300 are estate.

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