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Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens

Explore the magnificent Botanic Gardens, located north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast. You will have 1½ - 2 hours to stroll on your own through a slice of tropical rain forest, complete with orchids, heliconias, ginger, waterfalls, a fern garden, exotic birds and ocean shoreline. The more than 2,000 different species of plants are all labeled, including a very large display of orchids. Umbrellas will be provided in case of rain. En route back to the ship, relax on a guided panoramic mini-tour of Hilo’s Old Town.Notes:Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
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4 out of 4(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens
Review 1 for Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Not to be missed

Date:January 22, 2014
deltaman
Location:vancouver, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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5 out of 5
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The most beautiful of the several world class botanical gardens we have visited.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
0points
1out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Strolling in Paradise!

Date:December 8, 2013
Powhatan
Location:Williamsburg, VA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
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What a wonderful place they have carved out of the countryside here! We selected this excursion as it looked doable with aging joints--not a stressful walk. It was exactly that, and so beautiful! The variety and colors of the flowers were breathtaking. You're in a tropical rain forest here, so expect high humidity. Trails were well-marked and easy to navigate. Views of the sea were remarkable! There is one fairly steep hill to climb at exit, but a golf cart is available to get you up if you have difficulty. Well worth the time and expense!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fabulous tropical garden!

Date:February 20, 2013
whaleviewer
Location:Fergus Falls, MN
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:February
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
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This excursion was a wonderful introduction to Hawaii! It was nice to have transportation to and from Popaikau, and my husband and I enjoyed wandering around the garden by ourselves. Our driver told us a little about the history of the thirty-seven acre garden as we traveled through Hilo. It was developed between 1978 and 1984, when it was opened to the public. The location of the garden is stunning, with a very steep walk down to the main part (there are hand rails to hang onto, so it's doable if you're wearing proper shoes) There are well marked trails and numerous native plants, entrancing views of streams and a waterfall, and finally the gorgeous rocky shoreline with its crashing waves and intriguing legends. I especially enjoyed the luxurious growth, the lovely little orchid display, and glimpses of the sea. There are many photo ops here. Have someone take your picture in front of the waterfall, as you will be glad that you did. You might also wish to bring mosquito spray.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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8out of 8found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Hawaii Tropical Botanic Gardens
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Was not interested in fire and brimstone;

Date:May 1, 2012
Swede
Location:Full time RVer from Nebraska
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
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Short drive through older neighborhoods. Driver made the drive enjoyable and spiced his narrative with stories. The garden is located on steep slopes and the path is very steep, however; a golf cart was provided for anyone unable to make the trek up or down. The garden is beautiful and abuts the rocky shore where fresh water streams empty. I was very happy with the excursion and felt it was worth the fare. I used a third of my film on this first day in Hawaii.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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13out of 13found this review helpful.