Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden - A Fantasy Land of Tropical Foliage and Beauty
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Enter a true tropical paradise when visiting Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden. Explore the trails while viewing waterfalls, streams, and thousands of plants in a gorgeous, protected valley. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

The plants in Hawaii are breathtaking and a true treat for anyone who visits. Gorgeous plants can be found all over the islands, but one place where you can experience untouched natural beauty is Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden. 

Established in 1984 as a scientific and educational non-profit, this land will never be sold or commercially developed. Because of this, visitors can enjoy beautiful, raw Hawaii. The goal of the gardens is to promote education and encourage the next generation to take care of our planet.

The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is located on the island of Hawaii in Papaikou. It’s situated on the eastern side of the island close to the water and near Akaka Falls State Park. It’s worth a trip no matter where you are staying on the island. 

The gardens are a living classroom. Photographers, botanists, gardeners, scientists, and nature lovers travel here just for the gardens. There are more than 2,000 species of plants present in the gardens. These represent more than 125 families and 750 genera. 

This attraction spans 20 acres and is set in a valley that acts as a natural greenhouse. It’s protected from trade winds and has fertile volcanic soil. This creates the perfect area for such lush plant life. Within the valley, guests can meander through nature trails, cross bubbling streams, and experience lovely waterfalls in a true tropical rain forest. In addition, there are beautiful views of the ocean, which is not far away.

Begin and end your journey at the visitor center. There is some valuable information there, as well as botanical-themed items to look at and purchase. This could be a great place to pick up a souvenir or gift for someone back home. 

After stopping at the visitor center, you will descend down into the valley. There is a myriad of asphalt paved paths that will take you to many wonders. There are many benches around if you need to stop and take a rest and there are also picnic areas. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal overlooking the ocean. While you are exploring, feel free to interact with the garden workers. They are happy to answer questions and discuss the plants and their care.

There is a fee to enter the gardens, with prices varying depending on age. Children under six can get in for free. If you are in the area often, or just want to support this worthy cause, you can consider purchasing a membership to the gardens. Members receive unlimited admission and discounts. Plus, money from memberships goes to support education programs and to preserve and maintain the gardens.

Insider Tips:
-There is a steep boardwalk that leads down to the main path from the visitor center. It can get a little slippery if it’s been raining, but there is a rail. Hold on tight if you feel concerned. Keep in mind that you will have to climb back up this steep hill on your way out.
-Bring water and bug spray. It’s very humid here because of all the foliage and there are many mosquitos.
-Be sure to map out your route to the gardens before you go. Since this is a non-profit, the gardens are not allowed to post signs on nearby roads.