Iao Valley State Park, Maui:
Botanical Gardens

Picture of paved walkways in Iao Valley State Park, Maui, botanical gardens.  Also can see Iao Stream in front of pathways.

Looking for an easy way to see the beauty of Iao Valley State Park, Maui? The botanical gardens located here will be perfect, especially if a hike through the forest isn't for you!

These lush gardens are laced with paved pathways to explore, and plenty of seating areas where we were able to sit down and take in the beautiful views! I should mention that the paved walkways and rest areas make this a great stop for families with children too!

The botanical gardens were beautiful, and featured native Hawaiian plants. There were also a few scenic lookouts - the most popular lookout shows off a great view of the famous Iao Needle.

If you want to check out the Iao Needle from this area, all you have to do is follow a short 0.6 mile path - although you may find some stairs along the way, it won't be too hard for most people.

We also found some nice views of the Iao Stream as it gurgled past us!


Picture of bridge in Iao Valley State Park, Maui, botanical gardens overlooking Iao Needle.

Great News for Your Budget!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that if you're on a budget, exploring these Maui botanical gardens will be ideal!

Why?

Because it's FREE!! You've gotta love THAT!

Directions

These Maui botanical gardens are located up the Iao Valley Road, a little ways past the Hawaii Nature Center. There is lots of free parking available too!

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