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Views a short walk from the main road

We were heading north from Hilo towards the Tropical Botanic Gardens and noticed cars parked alongside of the road. This is usually an indication that there is something to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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NY, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were heading north from Hilo towards the Tropical Botanic Gardens and noticed cars parked alongside of the road. This is usually an indication that there is something to see we pulled over. Make sure you have shoes with good treads and mosquito repellent. Even though we walked only a short distance, the trail was muddy from the recent rain... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We did the scenic drive to the bay from the Hilo side. Take your time, it's a slow road but an easy drive. Stop at the pull off and walk down to the bay. Make sure to take the Donkey Trail at the edge of the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens fence. Steep climb back but a paved trail. Wish we had... More 

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Oceanside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We took the gorgeous scenic route off Old Mamolahoa hwy to find a quaint hiking trail down the undeveloped coastline to Onomea Bay. We were blown away by the beauty and isolation once down past the botanical gardens (which we decided to skip after finding the cheaper more natural option). We did not see another human after we passed the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Lo e the nostalgic feel of old hawaii going through the windy road of this scenic route. Takes you away from the modern city life and let's you enjoy the beautiful scenery all around you. The breath taking sites are sure to make any photographer shutter happy.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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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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