Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden

Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden

Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants, and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.
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Beth43323
Minneapolis, MN79 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Wonderful botanical garden is delightful! Huge trees, orchids, waterfalls and ocean views are here. Walk includes fairly steep entry and exit paths so for folks with no mobility issues. $25 admission fee for adults, worth it!
Written December 9, 2022
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CJGurnee
Gurnee, IL151 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Nasty rude people running the place. The men’s bathroom was closed. Our men needed to use a restroom. They denied that they could use the women’s restroom and harassed them when they did use the women’s restroom. Huge rain. Not going into the park to use the alternate men’s room. Rude. Will never come back. We have been there previously. Really nice botanical garden.
Written December 6, 2022
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CJGurnee, I am sorry for your negative experience today at the Garden. We were installing waterless urinals in our men's bathroom and only had the men's restroom in the garden accessible for men. We are open seven days a week, so unfortunately these closures are necessary when performing maintenance. I apologize again for your negative experience.
Written December 6, 2022
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Blueliliac
Canberra, Australia105 contributions
Nov. 2022
No matter what else you do on the Big Island, make time for visiting this bit of Hawaiian paradise. Even if no one in your group gardens or even likes flowers I am quite certain they will be taken away by the the ocean views, waterfalls, ponds and general beauty of the place. It's really quite breathtaking.
Written November 24, 2022
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,507 contributions
Jan. 2022
This is one of my absolutely favorite spots. The drive is like driving through a series of postcards, around every turn there is another beautiful sight. The garden is terrific. A nice pathway lead us past many plants and ornamentals. What could be better than viewing orchids outside? And there is so much more.
Written November 17, 2022
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rleNewEngland
New England536 contributions
Oct. 2022
What an amazing slice of paradise! I had found the tropical garden online and thought it would be a way to kill some time before checking into our hotel. I underestimated this lovely peninsula not far from from Hilo. The garden trail is only 1 1/4 miles total, there and back, however the lady at the ticket counter mentioned that it takes about 1 1/2 hours. I can see why, because you want to stop every 3 feet and take a picture of a gorgeous blossom or interesting leafy plant. The entrance (and exit) of the trail is slightly steep, but there are handrails and benches to rest. It was one of the best things we saw during our two weeks on the islands.
Written November 16, 2022
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Brssjunk
Tucson, AZ1,129 contributions
Nov. 2022
The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is truly outstanding. Tropical plants have been gathered from all over the world and organized for display along a steep path to the ocean. At the bottom of the trail, there is a beautiful walk along the ocean where the waves are crashing on the rocks. There is a crab cove where there are many crabs skittering across the rocks.

The garden is very well maintained and there are side loops for each type of plant. It is truly a photographers paradise.

It is also praise worthy that they are acting a seed bank for the many species that they display. Nearly every class of tropical plant is represented. It may be the best tropical garden that I have seen! Many of the plants are identified by variety and location of origin.

The trail is steep, but there is a walkway with frequent seats along the way. It is probably not handicapped accessible due to the steepness of the trail.

This is truly a must see.
Written November 13, 2022
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Karen S
33 contributions
Nov. 2022
Truly a gift to the world, indeed! We were amazed by this stunning valley. Orchids everywhere! There are so many different kinds of plants, amazing mushrooms on the cook pine, and the cherry on top was the view of the twin rocks and the blowhole.
Do remember mosquito repellant, but if you forget, they sell wipes in the giftshop that work well.
Written November 7, 2022
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Ken D
Charlottesville, VA41 contributions
Oct. 2022
This is hands down the best garden we've been to in Hawaii. From the cool way they structured the trails to the large variety of beautiful flowers to the reward of ocean views at the end...perfect. This was truly a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours.
Written November 6, 2022
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JPA Woo
8 contributions
Oct. 2022
The beauty of this place is astounding! You will marvel, first of all, at the amazing artistry of our Creator, then at the presentation of the flowers, trees, waterfall, and ocean view. The orchid collection was particularly impressive. The path is lovingly and well maintained. This was a memorable highlight of our vacation, worth every penny of the admission cost. As a sidenote, we bought the most delicious frozen fruit bars we've ever tasted at the giftshop--a little pricey, but worth it.
Written October 29, 2022
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX1,645 contributions
Mar. 2022
We enjoy taking photos of plants; this is one of the best places we've seen! First of all, the trails are all paved and wheelchair accessible; while some trails are a little steep, with my bad knees I will able to make it fine (with my walking stick). There are so many highlights, with an incredible diversity of tropical plants. Don't overlook the twin rocks. The gardens are only 11 miles north of the Hilo Airport.
Written October 19, 2022
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