Koko Crater Botanical Gardens, located 15 miles outside of Honolulu, offers a truly unique experience that shows visitors the outstanding beauty of Hawaii’s natural landscape. Everyone from families to locals can visit this site to take in the natural wonder of the gardens.

When visiting, plan ahead because this garden will take about 1 to 2 hours to walk around, but you’re welcome to stay longer and take in the rich gardens for the day. The Garden is accessible year-round. The park itself covers 60 acres in a 200-acre crater that was formed as a result of thousands of years of volcanic activity.

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Highlights of Koko Crater Botanical Gardens

Koko Crater Botanical Gardens offers a unique opportunity to see plants that are foreign to the lush wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. When walking along the 1.9 miles of trails at Koko Crater Botanical Garden, visitors are exposed to a range of unique flora and fauna.

Highlights of the gardens include Hawaiian plants, African and Madagascan plants, cactus and succulents, plumeria grove, and dryland palms. The gardens also offer visitors a chance to experience rare and endangered plants that are a great example of the natural beauty of the world brought to the islands.

Good to know about Koko Crater Botanical Gardens

When visiting Koko Crater Botanical Gardens, visitors are advised to bring their own water and wear appropriate walking shoes, as the trail is uneven in parts. Additionally, the Koko Crater Botanical Garden only has a portable toilet. Dogs, bicycles, and motorised vehicles are not allowed.

Just a mile and a half away, you can also visit the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a wildly popular spot for snorkelling, or take a hike on the Koko Crater Railway Trail, which takes hikers up a steep trail that follows a defunct railway track and rewards them with sweeping city and ocean views at the top.

Koko Crater Botanical Gardens

Location: 7491 Kokonani St. Honolulu, HI 96825, USA

Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

Phone: +1 808-768-7135