We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Hilo Tropical Gardens

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1477 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4941
Phone Number:
+1 808-217-9650

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 109 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 82
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
  • 0
  • 0
One of the Best Gardens!

This gem of a botanical garden is a must see if you're at all interested in plants, gardens, and scenic vistas. I had heard about this garden for years, so I was thrilled on our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Woodstock, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 97: English reviews
Woodstock, New York
Level Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gem of a botanical garden is a must see if you're at all interested in plants, gardens, and scenic vistas. I had heard about this garden for years, so I was thrilled on our first visit to the Hawaiian Islands to get a chance to visit here. There is plenty of interpretive signage for those who want to know... More 

Thank botanybabe
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent about an hour strolling these gardens. It is well planted and the orchids were wonderful. We all agreed it was worth the stop!

Thank Laurie W
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These gardens are worth a visit if you love plants and especially if you haven't experienced tropical plants. You also get some awesome ocean views to boot. The charge is $15. There is fairly adequate parking. You have to take the scenic road off of Route 19 to find it. This is an oldcroad and very narrow. No signs until... More 

Thank Elle313
Level Contributor
45 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a must do in Hilo area. it will take at least an hour to visit the entire garden, more likely 2-3 hours. Wonderful species of plants, very peaceful, breathtaking ocean views. Loved it!

Thank Ina G
Venice, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
152 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orchids, calatheas, bamboo, birds of paradise, and many, many more.... all lush and growing exuberantly. The steep descent and return can be alleviated by the golf cart service for people with weak knees and age.

Thank Bong Y
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous tropical garden. We spent three hours and could have stayed longer. Incredible variety of plant species.

Thank Randy B
Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across these by accident, and drove through several times. Only once did we pay to walk the gardens. Beautiful, but no handicap access, very steep trails and stairs. Worth it if you can make it

Thank samsoncat
Riverbank, California
Level Contributor
77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is amazing!!!! True, there was and enrty fee, but someone has to be paid to maintain the gardens the way they were. We spent about 3 hours here in the pouring rain, and I waould do it again in a heartbeat. A beautiful garden in a beautiful cove. This must be what heaven looks like

Thank TeacherMick
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you really want to see and identify the tropical plants found on the Big Island this is the place to go. It is beautiful and tastefully done. In the past at this time of year I have seen whales breaching in the water around the bay. The hike out can be strenuous but they do have carts to help... More 

Thank Patricia S
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Like many other I can only repeat. Fantastic rooms. Zen style. Nice tropical garden. Very nice host with right balance of "being available" when you need him and enough privacy. Outstanding breakfast.

Thank In T

Travelers who viewed Hilo Tropical Gardens also viewed

Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Been to Hilo Tropical Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hilo Tropical Gardens and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Hilo Tropical Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?