While it seems odd to spend money to see plants and flowers on Maui when they are so prevalent for free, sometimes it's helpful to see all the different types of flora in one location. For you Instagrammers, tropical gardens present excellent flower photo and selfie opportunities. Here are our choices for the five best tropical gardens on Maui.
- Maui's Garden of Eden (Hana)
As seen in "Jurassic Park", the Garden of Eden, while on the pricey side, is one of the more beautiful places on Maui. That's saying a lot! With scenic views of waterfalls, the ocean and, of course, acres and acres of plants and flowers, it's easy to spend a couple of hours here just roaming around.
(Maui's Garden of Eden)
- Kula Botanical Gardens (Kula)
Featuring colorful plants and flowers, a koi pond, an aviary, a rock formation and more, the Kula Botanical Garden, is located on the slopes of Haleakala. The plants are labeled for easy identification. Short of heading out to Hana, there isn't a better place to see native plants on Maui.
Children 6 - 12 years old: $3
Children under 6 are free
(Kula Botanical Gardens)
- Kahanu Garden (Hana)
Located on the Hana coast, Kahanu Garden resides in one of the largest hala forests on the Islands. The gardens feature plants of value for Hawaiian, Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian peoples. Beyond the lush plant-life, Kahanu Garden is also home to the massive man-made lava rock structure, Pi'ilanihale Heiau, a registered National Historic Landmark. If you're driving the Road to Hana, Kahanu Garden is worth a stop.
Adults (13 and up): $10
Children (12 and under): Free
- Iao Valley State Monument (Wailuku)
Popular for its clear views of the Iao Needle, the park also includes a half-mile, paved path through a botanical garden with clear signs that introduce visitors to numerous plants and flowers that grow on Maui. If you park down the hill from the entrance, you can skip the parking fee. The park was closed for most of 2017, but as of November 22, it's once again open to the public.
Parking: $5.00 (free for residents)
(Iao Valley State Monument)
- Maui Tropical Plantation (Wailuku)
Free to walk around, this is one of Maui's hidden gems for a cheap family outing. The grounds are gorgeous with native Hawai'ian plants and flowers and a pretty lagoon. The world-class restaurant Mill House is on the premises, serving up some of the best meals on Maui. The gift shop is loaded and there's an ice cream shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. Monday - Saturday they feature a farmers market with fruits and veggies grown on their farm. For an even bigger adventure, visitors can try the family-friendly (ages 5 and up) zipline tour.
Free to walk around
Tram tour: Adults: $20/Children 3 - 12: $10
(Maui Tropical Plantation)
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