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Address: End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Do not miss this!! Worth the drive from anywhere on the island. Stunning views, beautiful black sand beach with fine sand, great hike down and back, there are other hiking trails... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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101 reviews 101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Do not miss this!! Worth the drive from anywhere on the island. Stunning views, beautiful black sand beach with fine sand, great hike down and back, there are other hiking trails to try from the beach. Stop in Waimea for breakfast at the Hawaiian Style Cafe, drive to the overlook, drink in the view and then hike down to the... More 

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great beach - black sand - huge waves. Take care - rip tide. Well worth the climb down and up. Look out for the begging goose - not a local species and nobody knows how he got there. Take a bottle of fresh water and let goose drink.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Absolutely fantastic view of beautiful green valleys and black sand beach from this easy access point. Make this a "must-see" while you are on the Big Island. Between the drive to the point, and the actual view, this is too good to miss. If you are able, a hike down to the isolated beach is definitely worth the effort.

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Centreville, Virginia
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306 reviews 306 reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The lookout is at the literal end of the road. There are parking spaces, but they fill up quickly and you can just turn around and park on the road. The views are fabulous, but the black sand beach looks so inviting, it’s hard to resist taking the hike down. The path is rocky and can be slippery and it’s... More 

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This should be on the top of anyone's list of things to do on the Big Island. The view is stunning, it's free, it's close to Kona, the drive to get there is super scenic and the hike to the bottom is quick, pretty easy and equally as stunning as the view at the top. The hike to the bottom... More 

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Nikiski, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We drove up from Kona today just for this hike. Many of the previous reviews reflect the conditions quite accurately. Suffice it to say it is absolutely worth every step of the way down and back up the trail. Astounding beauty and a wonderful hike.

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We drove here from Kona, stopping along the way for breakfast. When we parked our car and walked to the look out point I couldn't believe the absolute beauty of the valley below. It was edged by a black sand beach, spotted with green garden patches, and topped off with natural waterfalls. The whales were in abundance and put on... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

While staying on the Kohala coast we made a day trip out to Pololu Valley. I would recommend packing a picnic and hiking down to the black sand beach. The views are fantastic and the kids enjoyed playing in the surf. It is definitely not a swimming beach. The remote nature of the location allowed for plenty of unspoiled views... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's a long, interesting way down. Make sure you wear proper footwear. Flip flops won't do it. The black sand beach was really good. Make sure you climb over the sand dune and see the valley. The climb back up is hard but take it slowly.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We drove to this point on the way to the Botanical Gardens in Hilo. We thought it would be a 15 minutes stop over for pictures, but a trail takes you down to the most amazing beach with black sand. It takes about 15-20 mts to get down to the beach, and heading back up, we took over 30 mts,... More 

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