Koko Crater Botanical Garden

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Koko Crater Botanical Garden Honolulu Reviews

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A nice quiet stroll through Koko crater Apr 06, 2010
This 60 acre Botanical Garden is situated inside the Koko Crater on the eastern side of the island of Oahu. It is part of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. The hot and dry climate here makes this garden an ideal location for their dryland collection. The Garden is open from dawn to dusk and entrance is free.

The trail starts in the outer crater and takes you through colourful collections of fragrant plumeria and bugainvillea. Then you continue through a variety of exotic dryland plant collections from Hawaii and around the world. The four major collections are arranged by geographical areas (the Americas, Hawaii, Madagascar and Africa). In addition, other significant plant collections include cacti, alluaudias, sansevierias, baobabs, dryland palms, aloes, euphorbias and adeniums.

Allow 1-1 1/2 hour for the self guided walk through the garden. It´s a pleasent walk, but be warned. There are lots of thorns from the bugainvillea laying around. I wore flip flops and that was a really BAD idea. The thorns went right through them and by the end of the walk my feet were bleeding. I would absolutely recommend walking shoes.

The only negative thing I can find about Koko Crater Botanical Garden is the lack of signs. There are so many interesting plants and flowers, but hardly any name tags. If you are looking for rose gardens or orchid houses this is not the garden for you.

If you´re still not tired after the stroll through the garden you can do the 2 1/2 hour hike on the top of the crater ridge. Next to the entrance you will find the Koko Crater Stables, so horse back riding is another activity in this area.

There are no restroom facilities or drinking fountains in the garden.

To get to Koko Crater Botnical Garden take Highway 72 and turn left on Kealahou Street at the north end of Sandy Beach. Then take the next left on Kokonani Street and you are there. If you don´t have a car you can take bus #23 from Waikiki. It takes 55 minutes and cost $2.25. From the bus stop there is a 300 meter walk to the entrance.
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magnificent says:
Spectacular color in your photos!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2010
pearcetoyou says:
I remember this place, but it's been a long time since I was there.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2010
Sweetski says:
Excellent review with useful information. Now, if only I can make it to Oahu one day :) I'll be sure to wear proper hiking shoes when I visit these gardens :D
Posted on: Apr 17, 2010
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