Exotic Travel: Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden
Image courtesy of Sam Henderson
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.
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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.