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Onomea Bay

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #132 of 247 attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water
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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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137 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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32 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

we've driven california's Hwy 1 and new zealand's south scenic route so driving through this one was a bit of a disappointment since you're driving through tall trees most of the time and there's no view. onomea bay is the only scenic thing here and you have to park on the side of the narrow road. the most scenic point... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I found this place entirely by accident, when I took the "Scenic Drive" back to Hilo from Akaka Falls State Park. You basically park on the side of the road when you get to a small overlook, but it is definitely worth it! There is a nice, short walk down to the water with great views that passes behind the... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

I have walked to Onomea Bay many times as my hubby and I have vacationed several times a year on the big island. This is an incredible walk with beautiful views of the pacific with crashing waves. You will walk past the botanical gardens turn right and walk down to the ocean...but go back to the main path and keep... More

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