Hawaii, in general, is such a beautiful place to visit, it can be hard to know exactly where to go to see the most breathtaking tropical gardens. That's why we have compiled this list of the top 5 Tropical Gardens You Won't Want to Miss in Hawaii.
Explore the islands' most popular garden and plant spots, from the world-famous Dole Plantation to the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of Japan. In each of these 5 garden options, your group will have opportunities to hike, learn, and take amazing photographs all along the way.
- Dole Pineapple Plantation
- Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens
- Liliuokalani Park and Gardens
- Senator Fong's Plantation
- World Botanical Gardens
Dole Pineapple Plantation
- The world-famous Dole Pineapple Plantation offers guests a unique tropical garden experience in the form of a pineapple variety garden, boasting over 20 different varieties of pineapples, and a plantation garden tour, featuring 8 miniature tropical gardens sure to take your breath away. While you are here hop aboard the Pineapple Express, try to find your way through the world's largest permanent maze, or stop by the Plantation Grille or Country Store for a refreshing DoleWhip, fresh pineapple, or island favorite Loco Moco.
Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens
- Welcome to Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens, the highly gorgeous, highly popular non-profit preserve dedicated to conserving the indomitable wilderness of Hawaii's natural flora. With over 2,000 species of plants, the fertile volcanic soil prods the plants to vibrant livelihoods, encouraging ecstatic growth. Billed as a museum for living plants, the Tropical Botanical Garden spreads across 40-acres of valley land right on the Pacific coast. Enjoy opportunities to walk trails, learn about local flora and fauna, and take in some of the most gorgeous nature-shrouded views in all of Hawaii!
Liliuokalani Park and Gardens
- The Liliuokalani Park and Gardens are said to be the largest authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan. The park is open daily and is free for those wishing a relaxing and scenic retreat into the nature of Japan. Walk the park and garden trails and you will travel through peaceful nature scenes, over traditional Japanese bridges, through torii, and over fish ponds filled with brilliantly colored koi. Explore the pagodas, gardens, and teahouse on the grounds or relax with a picnic under bonsai trees. Much of the land on which the park sits was once owned by Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and the park was established and dedicated as such in 1917.
Senator Fong’s Plantation
- Featuring over 700 acres of untainted tropical landscape, Senator Fong's Plantation is an excellent tropical escape while in Oahu. Located within the Ko'olau Mountains, sitting on an area larger than Waikiki itself, this plantation features groves of fruit and nut trees, plants, and flowers galore. See over 80 different varieties of palms, and sample nuts, fruits, and other in-season treats along the way. There are actually over 70 edible nuts and fruits within the plantation in total. Before you go be sure to visit the gift shop for souvenirs and refreshments, and also be sure to check out if the site is hosting any community events or classes such as Lei Making.
World Botanical Gardens
- Amid the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, your group will find a "true Hawaiian eco-adventure" within the World Botanical Gardens. Spend time exploring the second-largest herbaceous maze in the world or taking in the views from the dual racing zip lines high above the rainforest and gardens. Your group may hike the many various trails along Hana Pueo Stream and waterfalls as well, or perhaps admire and photograph the hundreds of wild orchids along the 80-meter long orchid wall in the Rainbow Walk. You can even learn all about the exotic food plant options here such as guava, mango, papaya, pineapple, banana, and coffee fruit!