Onomea Bay

Onomea Bay, Big Island

Onomea Bay (see more photos) is one of the lushest areas on the Big Island. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located right on this bay and features waterfalls, streams and a raised wooden boardwalk leading to the ocean.

The bay is located just a short drive north of Hilo and is considered by many to be an area not to be missed. Past mile marker 7, the 4-mile (6.4 km) scenic drive on the Old Mamalahoa Highway begins. Make a stop at the botanical garden and do a self-guided tour.

You’ll come across over 2,000 exotic types of flora. The lush garden is also home to many birds, and you’ll be breathing air that is filled with the fragrance of tropical flowers and fruits. Onomea Falls is located on the grounds as well.

If you don't want to pay the entrance fee to the garden to hike down to the bay, you can see Onomea Bay from a lookout (located along Mamalahoa Highway).

Onomea Bay Overview

  • Located a short drive, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Hilo on the Big Island's east shore
  • One of the prettiest stretches of coastline on the island
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden located along Onomea Bay

Vacation Rentals near Onomea Bay

Onomea Bay, Papaikou HI 96781
Directions: Take Highway 19 north of Hilo. Turn right at Old Mamalahoa Highway and continue north to Onomea Bay. Parking is available at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (however, parking is reserved for guests of the garden).

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