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Take The Scenic Route Instead!

I think it would be really easy for a tourist to miss out on Hawaii Botanical Gardens. Whether you are curious about exotic flora or you are looking for that next hot picture for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rebecca M
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think it would be really easy for a tourist to miss out on Hawaii Botanical Gardens. Whether you are curious about exotic flora or you are looking for that next hot picture for your carefully curated Instagram this is a good bet. My only gripe is the entrance fee is a bit pricey (in my opinion). I quickly forget... More 

Thank Rebecca M
Carrollton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

4 miles of gorgeous bliss off the beaten path of Highway 19 outside of Hilo. Well worth a slow drive or even an afternoon, if you're a sun worshiper.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this trial completely by accident after deciding to take the scenic route when heading North out of Hilo (located next to the botanical gardens). This was 100% free, unexpected, and one of our favourite things we did while visiting the big Island. This is definitely a worthwhile stop. On your way out before joining the highway again... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

My husband and I were driving along Highway 19 from Waipi'o Valley to Hilo and saw parking spots on the side of the road, so we stopped to investigate. I'm so happy we did! We followed the trail down to the water, it was approx. a half mile one-way. It led to a beach with black sand and rocks, with... More 

1 Thank Treblehop
Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

A great stop recommended for everyone taking the scenic route! On a short hike (less than 0.5 miles) you pass by some parts of the Tropical Botanical Garden without the entrance fee. Down the hill are nice waterfalls and if you want to cross the river (max. knee deep) you have a great spot alone for you.

1 Thank Freddy S
Kamuela, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Onomea Bay is beautiful. If you follow the Scenic Route sign and follow it along you will pass through a rain forest and by a Botanical Garden. There are beautiful cliffs and you are able to walk down carefully.

1 Thank Gordon K
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Took the short and easy hike down the Onomea Trail a couple of days ago ( don't get this confused with Donkey Trail, this one is different). Awesome walk through beautiful trees, plants and flowers with scenic views of the bay. We continued straight where we reached a beautiful little waterfall stream to the left and the bay on the... More 

1 Thank shanden57
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We took the 4 mile scenic drive and stopped here for the overlook and realized we could walk down. The road is the back entrance to the botanical gardens and there is a narrow walking path that leads down to the beach. The water looked pretty treacherous and is not intended for swimming, however it was breathtakingly beautiful and relaxing.

1 Thank Toby M
Boise, Idaho
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Nice drive off Highway 19. A mile or two in (from the southern end) is a small trailhead from which you can hike down to the bay. We thought the hike was worth the time and effort -- a nice little break from the car with lots of photo opportunities.

1 Thank IDdb
Cedar City, Utah
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

This is a 4 mile scenic drive that doesn't disappoint. The views are spectacular. Don't forget to stop by Coconut Willy's and buy a cold coconut. He will cut it open for you to drink, then he will cut out the fresh coconut for you to take with you. Nicest guy!

2 Thank Jennifer N

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