Botanical World Adventures

Hamakua Coast

Under development since 1995, this garden remains a work in progress. Sprawling grounds include a shrubbery maze, waterfall and arboretum – nothing outstanding. You can up the ante with Segway ($99 to $177 per person) or go ziplining with on-site Zip Isle Zipline Adventures. It is an admirable effort but plays second fiddle to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden closer to Hilo. To get here from Hwy 19, turn mauka (inland) near Mile 16, at the posted sign.

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Nearby Hamakua Coast attractions

1. Kolekole Beach Park

1.84 MILES

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2. ʻAkaka Falls State Park

3.58 MILES

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3. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

6.92 MILES

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this rainforest garden is beautifully situated by the ocean and superbly managed. A paved trail meanders through over 2000…

4. Laupahoehoe Train Museum

8.41 MILES

If you love quirky history, pop into this unassuming museum. It's an old station agent's house full of cool stuff, brimming with fascinating artifacts and…

5. Hawaii Plantation Museum

8.73 MILES

This well-done museum highlights Hawaiʻi's sugar industry, which spanned the period from the mid-1880s to 1996. Museum curator Wayne Subica has single…

6. Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park

9.11 MILES

Only real crazy buggahs would swim at windy, rugged Laupahoehoe, where the fierce surf sometimes crashes over the rocks and onto the parking lot. But it's…

7. Honoliʻi Beach Park

10.66 MILES

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8. Maui's Canoe

12.58 MILES

See the current swirling around a large rock in the upstream Wailuku River? Legend has it that the demigod Maui paddled his canoe with such speed across…