Exotic Travel: Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden

An array of botanical beauty awaits visitors to this enchanted place.
Tropical Beauty

Tropical Beauty

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This tropical flower, Etlingera hemisphaerica var. Pink, is one of the beautiful specimens featured at the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens on the big island of Hawaii.

In a tiny corner of Hawaii lives an almost magical spot filled with unusual plant life and sounds of native wildlife unlike any heard on the mainland. The Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden is a delight to visit and sure to be among the highlights of any trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It is well maintained and offers surprises around every corner.

You will be amazed by the colors. The varieties of ginger alone make up an intoxicatingly rich palette. The wide spectrum of green surrounds you from below your feet to high above you in the towering trees and palms. It is paradise indeed.

Tropical Beauty

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Zebra Plant

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Ocean View

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Serene Waterfall

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Tahitian Ginger

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Bright Eyes

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Towering Palms

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Native Hawaiian Hapu'u Pulu

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Red Jade Vine

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Purple Waffle Plant

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Wax Ginger

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Blue Ginger

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Magnificent Medinilla

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Tropical Ground Cover

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'Jungle Queen'

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'Colombian Orange'

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'Golden Torch'

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Hanging Lobster Claw

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Calathea Lindeniana

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Cacao Tree

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Cacao Flower

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Cat's Whiskers

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Tropical Mosses

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'Pink Maracas'

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Bat Plant

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Bananas

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Anthurium Cupulispathum

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The walk through the garden is pleasant on even the warmest days due to the shade cover and trade winds blowing off the cool Pacific waters. Traveling comfortably, you are free to take in the unexpected splendor along the trails, such as waterfalls, a tropical bird sanctuary, an orchid garden and, of course, the ocean view. You will also undoubtedly cross paths with a native ferret or two.

Plant life is abundant here with more than 2,000 species. The gallery only scratches the surface of what you will see in this amazing garden in a valley on the ocean. Tucked neatly away in Onomea Bay, this lush oasis is perfect for a day trip. Combine it with a lovely drive to nearby Hilo for the farmer's market. 

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