We had already seen Volcanoes NP, so we booked with the ship, Hilo Coast & Botanical Garden. 2.5 hours. If you take the earliest one, you have time for other things when you return. Scenic drive there. This is not a formal garden, but a stroll down a meandering paved walkway from a high elevation all the way down to a beautiful bay. Lush tropical rainforest chock full of one gorgeous flower or tree after another. I took a million pictures. Beautiful high waterfall and some smaller ones as well. The walk back up can be taxing. A shuttle offers a quick ride back up if it is too much. After our return we went to downtown Hilo and walked through the Farmers Market and about a block back from there is Pineapples, an open air restaurant with good drinks and food. Fantastic Pineapple Jalepeno Margarita.
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