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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI

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Quintessential rainforest views

I don't think I'd go 20-30 miles out of my way to see this drive but, because it's on the way between Hilo and Akaka Falls, it was a very convenient. It is better to take the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2014
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Huntington Beach, CA
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Huntington Beach, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I don't think I'd go 20-30 miles out of my way to see this drive but, because it's on the way between Hilo and Akaka Falls, it was a very convenient. It is better to take the drive south to north because most of the pullouts are on the right hand, ocean side. The road goes thru very lush and... More 

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Saratoga, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

stopped here while doing the 4 mile scenic drive -- this is a do not miss! just pull over to the side of the road, cross very carefully! great views from the top of the cliffs. We must have been there 30 minutes taking in the views, it was that great. Looks like it would be an easy walk down... More 

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Young Harris, Georgia
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42 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Easy walk down. The view is beautiful! When you get down near the bay make the right turn to get to the rock beach. There's a guard to keep you from entering the botanical gardens. The mosquitoes will keep you from spending much time down by the water. But it is beautiful! Walking back up stop & look at the... More 

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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a short 4 mile scenic drive just a little north of Hilo. Twisty drive thru a gorgeous rainforest road. The Botanical Garden is located on this road as well as a hiking trail down to the ocean (we did not do this trail). Feels like you are exploring in the jungle. Loved it!

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Onomea Bay is also home to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. It is on a beautiful scenic drive a few mins from Hilo Town. Weather you hike down to the ocean or go into the gardens and down to the bay, the views are beautiful and if it is raining the waterfalls are huge. The old plantation homes are also... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Situated on the Scenic Drive just south of the Botanical Gardens this short hike down has some beautiful views. It's well worth the walk down, on the way we took in the incredible scenery and saw a couple of turtles swimming in the surf. Once you get down to the bottom there is a short trail to a very rugged... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

So, we walked down this trail and once we got down there we found out that to see the gardens we have to pay down the road. Meaning we would have to walk all the way back up the hill, drive, and walk all the way back down the hill. We didn't do this, therefore we didn't see anything worth... More 

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Hakalau, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This little jaunt or bypass on the Old Mamalohoa Hwy off of Hwy 19 about 6 miles north of Hilo, is well worth the detour. As it offers a beautiful drive through a rain-forest of various types of palms, tropical plants, and numerous waterfalls. There are also examples of old Hawai'ian "kama'aina" homes, businesses and even a church along the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

My story just like most of the stories here: I was driving highway 19 going north from Hilo, in order to visit Akaka Fallas, and saw a sign for a "scenic route". Then I saw some cars parked near the road, and saw the Onomea Bay, with some incredible views (see the pictures)!

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

During the drive on highway 19 to Hilo we saw a sign saying "scenic drive" so we drove in. After a few miles we saw cars pulling off the small road ahead, so we did the same! And what we saw off the cliff of the Onomea Beach was breath taking!

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