This beautiful and unique botanical garden is dedicated to preserving and being a living seed bank for tropical plants from around the world. It has over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera. It is right on the ocean and the walking trails in the garden are said to provides loads of breathtaking sights.
The gardens feature an amazing range of palm trees – almost 200 species! According to the website, notable palms include “the wanga palm from Malaysia (the fastest growing palm in the world) and the orange areca palm, with its fascinating red seeds”
Where to find it: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway on the Big Island of Hawaii
The garden is open from 9am to 5pm every day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, with admissions ending at 4pm. The self-guided tour takes an average of about an hour and a half. The walking distance is just over a mile, round trip.
Admission for a day is $15 for adults, children ages 6 – 16 are $5. Children under 6 are free.
If you can’t visit the garden in person, you can take a virtual tour at its website, or follow it on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
I’m saving for my first holiday to Hawaii in 2017 and I’m definitely including a visit to the gardens in my itinerary.
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