For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Join the pursuit of leafy progress with today’s Groupon: for $108, you get a zipline and segway tour, and admission for one to Botanical World Adventures in Hakalau (up to a $217 value).
Botanical World Adventures sends strollers, zipliners, and segway drivers on guided tours of cascading Kamae’e Falls, resplendent with thousands of exotic plants from around the world. Safety-gear clad patrons traverse sturdy rope bridges over deep gullies as they explore the awe-inducing landscape by foot. During the zipline tour, adventurers soar through lush forest canopies, whizzing past waterfalls and above wooden bridges without having to harness flying squirrels to a bicycle. After defying gravity to his grizzled face, nature lovers mount specialized segways outfitted with rugged terrain tires to take in the Hamakua coastline’s cattle ranches and pristine Pacific Ocean views. Tour guides begin the journey by helping personal-transport pilots become acquainted with their chariots before leading segway packs to historic, enchanting locals.
Customers eschew their conveyances as they enter the Botanical World Adventures’ paved walkways amid rainforest trees that tower like NBA ringers over a toddler gymnastics team. Active guests marvel at Mother Nature’s landscaping as they hike along Hanapueo stream and watch it fall over rocks, or venture through the Rainbow Walk featuring an orchid wall 80-meters long and a pot of gold guarded by vacationing leprechauns. Vistas provide mind-blowing views in surround sound, giving 360 degrees of optical feasts including the Mauna Kea volcano, Pacific Ocean, and a paniola-style cattle ranch and new roads allow access to waterfalls from above and below. Young botanists wind through the children’s maze with or without adult companions, and the arboretum supplies taste buds with samples of ripe fruits such as mango, guava, and pineapple.
Hawaii’s lush beauty is too abundant to be experienced solely on foot, which is why Botanical World offers up-close-and-personal views of the Big Island's meticulously kept botanical gardens with services including ziplines and Segway tours. Segway riders speed past swaths of exotic plants, trees, and scenic waterfalls as they explore the garden's meandering pathways during self-guided or guide-guided tours. Elevated zipline trips, meanwhile, send guests soaring over the Hanapueo Streams falls, showing off trees’ receding hairlines as well as stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Mauna Kea volcano.
Elsewhere in the garden, guests can explore the arboretum, which houses a sampling of Hawaii's vast array of trees, whereas the paved quarter-mile Rainbow Walk contains a cactus garden, perennial plants, and a wall of orchids. Adventurous young ones can attempt to navigate the world's second-largest permanently-planted maze, covering a space as large as a football field.