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Pololu Valley Lookout

End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Valleys, Lookouts
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Allen, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

It is not enough to reach the end of the highway and to just admire the beach below, you must take this easy hike to descend 400 ft down to the Pololu beach to swim (but do not venture too far), fish, reflect on the swing or just wonder around. It is great to get a photo from the top... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It was worth the trip. The view was breathtaking. I thought I might have gotten lost on the way there, but turned out I just didn't drive far enough. Once there, you can kind of see Maui and Lanai off in the distance. It's easier to see early in the morning when it's clearer and less humid out. I did... More

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Seattle, WA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Like everyone else has said there is very little parking but it is worth the stop! We got a late start and arrived at mid-day and what was suppose to be an overcast day turned out to be bright and sunny and hot. Glad we took a couple of bottles of water down with us and saved one for the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You park at the top and hike down to the black sand, about 30 mins. There is plenty to see/enjoy was you're down there but I recommend walking south along the beach until you reach trails that lead you up the next ridge. There are a series is switchbacks that take you up and down the ridges and all the... More

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a great view and a hike worth taking. This is pretty much where the road ends on the big Island. There is a small parking lot which seems to be filled up most of the time. We parked in the shoulder and walked to the lookout. There is a trail that leads down to a valley. The hike... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the views are pretty spectacular, make for great pictures...did not like the limited parking spaces as I was driving an SUV on this visit. However,the view is worth it. have hiked down half way to the beach in a previous visit and the view is even better! just make sure you have appropriate footwear..

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fairview Park
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

No where on the Big Island is a disappointment!! We loved every place we visited and the culture is amazing. Everyone was so friendly and willing to share any knowledge they had.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My wife and I visited and decided to "go for it". Runkeeper said it was 650ft down. The trail is not bad but good shoes with some traction definitely helps. Before you head back up, find yourself a walking stick from one of the many pieces of driftwood on the beach (or grab one for the way down from the... More

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Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My husband and I are 60 and we did the hike down to black sands beach. As others have said, the view at the end of the road is nothing compared to the views as you descend and once you arrive at black sands beach. We carried backpacks with treats and lots of water and wore sturdy shoes. The very... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Absolutely stunning views and great beach for a nice refreshing swim after a short hike down to it. truly a gem to discover

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