Discover the spectacular natural beauty of Hawaii, in a botanical garden situated on the ocean! This beautiful excursion begins with boarding an air-conditioned van at the pier and listening to a guided tour on a scenic route to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical. On the way, ride through the Hilo’s Japanese Garden, the Hilo bayfront and the lush Hamakua. Then watch as a dramatic 500-foot long boardwalk transports you into the Hawaii of old, “A Garden in a Valley on the Ocean."
Explore the tropical rainforest with its waterfalls, meandering streams and rugged ocean coastline. The rainforest is home to the colorful “Lobster Claw” Heliconia, the mysterious “Bat” plants, Giant Anthuriums, and over 2,500 species of tropical flowers, fruits and plants – all of which have been collected from all over the world. Stroll through the open-air Orchid Garden and showcase one of the largest orchid displays in any botanical garden. Walk through the spiritual Palm Jungle, enchanted by a cathedral of Alexandra Palms that tower over you, and then open up to reveal a hidden three-tier waterfall – the amazing Onomea Falls. Discover the new, state-of-the-art Bird House – home to the garden’s colorful Macaws and the Lily Lake teeming with koi and aquatic plants. Become mesmerized as the beautiful ocean views beckon you to sit and enjoy the serene atmosphere, and enjoy 1½ hours of exploring on your own.
Finally, shop at the garden’s elegant gift shop that offers a fine array of art glass, ceramics, jewelry and other items handcrafted by local artisans.