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“Great Place - Zipline - Segway - Gardens - Maze - Waterfalls”

Botanical World Adventures
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Segway Mala Pua Tour - 90 Minutes - Rating: EASY to MODERATE
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Big Island Zipline Adventure
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Segway Mamalahoa Tour (Moderate to Challenging)
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Hakalau
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Owner description: Botanical World Adventures includes Zip Isle Zip Line, Segway Off-Road Adventure, the World Botanical Gardens, Maze, Waterfalls and more. Drive right to the viewpoints for the impressive Kamae'e Falls --- one of the best waterfalls in Hawaii or walk down the river trail to see Hanapueo Falls with its intimate beauty. Take a Guided Tour of the gardens with Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel (reservations, please). Takes approximately two hours and lunch is also available. Take your own Self-guided Audio Tour with our Audio Wands. Discover the hidden beauty of Hawaii as you explore the hundreds of acres Gardens by car and on foot. View exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to spectacular waterfalls. Stroll through hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rain Forest Walk. Immerse yourself in our botanical Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and scores of tropical species. You will wander at your leisure and see the adjacent Arboretum and the huge woody Maze, one of the largest in the world! You will also see spectacular 360-degree vistas which include snow-capped Mauna Kea, pastoral grazing and sweeping ocean views. Everyone will love all the popular activities at Botanical World Adventures! The Gardens is home to the family friendly Zip Isle Zip Line Adventure featuring 7 zip lines and a thrilling suspension bridge. The Segways are a truly exciting experience and another great new way to see the botanical gardens with family and friends!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Place - Zipline - Segway - Gardens - Maze - Waterfalls”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

All the activities are in one location. Perfect place to bring the whole family. Lots of fun tours for everyone.

Visited May 2014
Thank Aloha M
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Mark R, Manager at Botanical World Adventures, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Mahalo and Aloha!

We appreciate your visit and sharing the fun time. We take pride on offering a family friendly set of adventures for everyone to enjoy. We hope you will come back again soon to see other new changes and added attractions. Mahalo, again for your business!

A Hui Hou!
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Better than all the bad reviews say”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

I was worried about this place after having read some of the negative reviews, people complaining about spiders in and outdoor environment and that the garden wasn't well manicured. This is a wild tropical environment. I took the Segway tour of the garden it was wonderful. The guide was very knowledgable about all the plants and gave me one really great fruit that tasted sour and then another fruit to eat with it to make it tast sweet! It was like nature's magic. Really enjoyed the care the guide took to make sure I was comfortable on the Segway before we went off road. As I gained confidence he even let me race him :D. Do not expect some well manicured English garden. Expect young, local, knowledgable guides to orientate you to their beautiful island garden.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank WendySueP
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Mark R, Manager at Botanical World Adventures, responded to this review, 6 August 2014

We are glad you came to see for yourself that the positive reviews are the people that have visited us and had fantastic times seeing the gardens and taking the tours. We appreciate your thoughts and taking to to share with others that want to visit the gardens, but have similar thoughts on other reviews. Many of these are placed by those that would gain at our loss of you stopping in to see us for yourself. We do have a money back guarantee for that very concern.

We have been improving since we opened in 1995, but mostly since new management came in last year. Our gardens have over 1,000 species identified and are adding to that list every month in a progressive identification project. It has been estimated (as the gardens was developing) that we have over 5,000 unique plants in the gardens. We are out to label every one that is unique for our guests to appreciate the immensity of our collection.

We have over 25 acres in the lower gardens alone which is far more than any other garden in Hawaii when coupled with the Rain Forest Trail and Kamaee Falls. In all we have hundreds of acres for our guests to roam. We hope you will be one of the many guests that come back over and over and never tire of the changing scenery in the gardens.

You didn't mention the audio tour that is complimentary for a paid guests to the gardens. This is another unique aspect of our gardens that no other offers and is not available if you come with a free pass.

Other things can only see if on the zip line tour and the Segway tour also goes to places and you experience plants that are not on our other tours. You can also have a great time with our Garden Director on a Directed Tour where he shares very cool secrets that he knows about the gardens, plants, history and more. The tours are truly one-of-a-kind views of the gardens. Of course we recommend our guests try them all, mostly because we have and are so enthusiastic about sharing them.

We hope you have a chance to come back and see the other ways of viewing the gardens. We are constantly improving and love to hear back from guests on how we are doing to make their experience better each and every time. We hope you will return to watch us grow (literally!).

A Hui Hou (come again soon)!!
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Riverside, California
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Lovely Gardens”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Seeing this advertised in various brochures we expected a lot more. Having said that there was a nice walk, "Rainforest Walk" with various plants labeled. A drive to a waterfall that was nice and then the botanical gardens themselves. The garden was large w/ many different plants all labeled. We were underwhelmed w/ the maze. We were unable to do the Riverwalk due to the torrential rains the prior day. Do ask for the AAA discount. There are restrooms but they were outhouse type toilets.

Visited April 2014
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Enumclaw, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Sedway and Botanical Gardens”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We rode sedways through the World Botanical Gardens at highway marker 16 on Hwy 19 going north from Hilo....It is two hours and we went through gardents with 2,000 species of
flowers, trees, fruit, etc. We also went through a rain forest and up to the top. Our guide, Arlenn was wonderful...a young man that knew the history and very knowledgeable about
the gardens. We ate different fruit off the trees and shrubs.....and the Sedways were a blast and very easy to learn. Try it!

Visited March 2014
2 Thank JudiP98022
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Vegreville Alberta
Level 6 Contributor
468 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“"Nothing to write home about, but still an interesting stop"”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We stopped by to explore the botanical gardens to see, learn about enjoy the various plants that grow on the Big Island. The grounds aren't in the best shape as it appeared that what was once a manacured pathway with signage to identify the various plants now grown over and unkept. We had the place to ourselves as nobody else seemed to be there which seemed odd for a botanical garden. We wandered around aimlesly through a maze which generated some laughter and fun. The garden has many interesting trees and foilage to explore. We strolled around for the better part of 2 hours exploring and educating ourselves on what each tree and flower was about. We also stopped by the falls which is about a three minute drive up the hill. This wasn't overly impressive as we had seen many other falls on the island that were much more spectacular than this one. The young girl in the entry building was very pleasant as was the two gardeners who gave us some hints while we scurried around the maze. But only after some begging. It cost $13.00 dollars each which is reasonable. I could of rated this as poor to terrible based on my perspective of what a botanical garden should be, but once inside we took it for the beauty that it offered. Choice is yours.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank firechief-JL
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