Sep 09

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden: Big Island

OrchidThe Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is tucked behind the Onomea Valley on the Big Island. The garden is located in just a breathtaking area and should be on your to see list.  When Karen and I were driving the four mile scenic route to get to the garden I was constantly pulling over and getting out to take photo after photo.  The botanical garden is just as beautiful as its surroundings.  Do not be put off by the $15 price tag of admission the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is worth every penny. Flower from Hawaii

The tropical garden is home to over 2,000 plant species.  The access to the variety of plant species is on a mile long hiking trail that will take you through fifteen different areas.  These areas include a waterfall, banyan trees, a lily pond, orchids, and an ocean view to die for.  It took Karen and I about two hours to go through the garden, but we could have easily stretched that out longer. White Orchids

It was all very beautiful, but Karen literally lost her breath when she walked into the Orchid Garden.  She had me walking all over the place telling me to photograph this one, and then she would look across the garden and point at another one to take a picture of.  I would estimate we spent at least a fourth of our time there just allowing her a chance to point out orchids she wanted a picture of.  Karen with Orchid

I spent three years working at a plant nursery when I was a teenager, and while I have never been into flowers, I think that job made me never want to water a another plant again.  I can say this about the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden even I appreciated this beautiful area.   My favorite part was the ocean views, it really is paradise on earth. Onomea Bay

The botanical garden is so much more than a garden, it is like going on a rainforest trek with (if you are lucky) sun shining through the lush palm trees lighting up the brightly colored flowers and tropical plants below.  Couple seeing those beautiful plants with watching and hearing the ocean waves crash against Onomea Bay and it truly is a phenominal experience.Tropical Forest

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens is also home to Onomea Falls which is a pretty, multi-tiered waterfall.  Karen and I highly recommend visiting the garden because we feel it is the best garden on the Big Island.  Make sure you bring mosquito repellant and do not worry about needing an umbrella because they will let you borrow one if it is raining, and it might be since this is the rainy side of the island. Onomea Falls

After you visit the garden make sure you stop by What’s Shakin for a really good fruit smoothie.  Karen had the Papaya Paradise and I went with the Bananarama and they were both delicious.Whats ShakinHawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Located at 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway Papaikou
Hours of Operation – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Cost as of 2011- Adults are $15 children 6 to 16 are $5 and children under 6 are free
For more information visit their website at http://htbg.com/ and What’s Shakin website at http://whatsshakinhawaii.com/Tropical Plant

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  1. freda phillips

    Oh my goodness. This is gorgeous!! I could spend hours there. How did you ever choose what pictures to put in this blog? I want to see all of them.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Karen makes the final decision, which is usually the way it goes on most things, except for maybe the remote control-

  2. Stephanie

    How beautiful!! Makes me want to visit!!

    1. Kenny and Karen

      You should visit, it is a beautiful place – Thanks for reading and commenting we really appreciate your encouragement!

  3. Evie

    Great pictures. You make me want to visit that garden again. Your last photo of the Chandelier Tree or Phillipine Orchid (Medinilla magnifica) is stunning. Hawaii does consider this an invasive plant — even though it has such gorgeous flowers. Enjoyed reading your photography tips as well.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks for those kind words and taking the time to leave a comment. I had heard that some of those botanical gardens are frowned upon because of the non-native species. Hopefully, they do a good job regulating them and not letting them off site. I know what you mean about visiting again…I wish I was back in Hawaii as well. It is just one of those places I guess that is why they call it a paradise.

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