Just north of Hilo is one of the largest botanical gardens in Hawaii, with some 5,000 species. Although it no longer offers a vista of spectacular, triple-stacked Umauma Falls (see below), it still lays claim to a huge children’s maze (second in size only to Dole Plantation’s on Oahu), a tropical fruit arboretum, ethnobotanical and wellness gardens, and flower-lined walks. Waterfall lovers will be heartened to note that the owners have also created a road and trail leading to viewing areas above and below the previously hidden 100-foot Kamaee Falls ($6 if you want to go there only), as well as a trail leading past a series of shorter, bubbling cascades in Hanapueo Stream. If that’s just too peaceful for you, opt for one of the Segway tours, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours ($57–$187) or a zipline tour ($167), which like guided walks should be reserved in advance. All tour rates include garden admission.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
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Botanical World Adventures
31-240 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am–5:30pm. Guided tours require 24-hr. advance reservations. Phone 888/947-4753 or 808/963-5427 Prices $15 adults, $7 teens 13–17, $3 children 5–12, free for children 4 and under. Guided 2-hr. garden tours $57 adults, $33 children 5–12, free for children 4 and under; guided rainforest/waterfall tours $129. Web site Botanical World Adventures Other From Hilo, take Hwy. 19 north past mile marker 16, turn left on Leopolino Rd., then right on Old Mamalahoa Hwy.; entrance is 1/10-mile on right
Map31-240 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau Hawaii (The Big Island)
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