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Onomea Bay

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #180 of 242 attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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150 reviews 150 reviews
129 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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66 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
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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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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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singapore
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

And the marker is almost hard to miss. It's a narrow road that reminds me of parts of Malaysia. But then there's the blue blue ocean and a nice hike down to the waters edge which is pretty near the botanic gardens, which I gave a miss. Up further on the drive, there's a place for smoothies. Pricey, but tastes... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Onomea Bay is on the scenic drive starting at mile 4 on Highway 19 north of Hilo. It is a four mile winding stretch of the Old Mamalahoa Highway. At one point, you will find cars pulled off on the ocean side of the road. Stop there and get out, and you will get a magnificent cliffside view of the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

My husband and I stumbled upon Onomea Bay completely by accident. We took the "scenic route" en route from Hilo to 'Akaka Falls State Park. The trail down is pretty easy to do, and is absolutely beautiful. The shoreline can be pretty choppy, so I wouldn't advise anyone to go swimming, but it's lovely to go down and enjoy. Very... More

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