This lush botanical garden just north of Hilo is a veritable museum of living plants and a fascinating place to explore. Botanists, photographers, scientists and tourists from around the world come to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (see more photos) to observe its rich flora representing over 2,000 species. The site offers visitors a chance to explore an authentic Hawaiian rainforest that's just chock full of life.
A raised wooden boardwalk leads you through a lush rainforest. You'll be able to see a variety of tropical flowers and plants, a waterfall and as you reach the shoreline, a picturesque bay. Due to its fertile volcanic soil and moist climate, the garden is able to support an exceptional bounty of species from around the world. More than 125 families and 750 genera are represented.
The garden is also home to a wide variety of fauna, including many colorful birds and reptiles. Here you'll find the gold dust day gecko, a native of Madagascar with striking yellow speckles along its neon green back. The Indian mongoose, a small, agile rodent introduced to the Islands in the 1880s, also makes its home here.
Resident bird species include the native 'auku'u (blue-crowned night heron) and the common mynah, which was introduced many years ago to control pests in the sugarcane plantations. Look closely and you'll also find the 'a'ama crab, a tree-climbing crab that moves faster than you can say "aloha." Common insects include the Sphinx moth and the yellow and black garden spider.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Children (6-16 years): $6
Children under 6 are free.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Overview
One of the lushest areas in all of Hawaii
Raised wooden boardwalk leads through a tropical rainforest
40-acre garden features dozens of nature trails
See many tropical flowers and plants, a waterfall and a scenic bay
Location: Papaikou, HI
Wind: 14 mph SW
Visibility: 0.14 mi
Pressure: 992.0 in steady
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset: 5:40 pm
Hi: 70°F Low: 65°F
Hi: 71°F Low: 66°F
Reviews and Comments:
Absolutely the most beautiful place we have seen on the
island. A GPS comes in handy to get to this place. We
will be coming back to see it again this year. Most of
the tropical flowers are varieties that we have never
seen before. It is well worth the trip over to this
garden to see it! Gorgeous!
Janet, Fri Apr 19, 2013
This was truly amazing. We took more pictures here
than anywhere else during our stay!
M Blachek, Mon Jan 02, 2012
I highly recommend this attraction for anyone visiting
the Big Island. Truly a tropical paradise with ocean
views and a waterfall. You do not have to be a plant
lover to appreciate the beauty you will see.