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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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Toronto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Drove this route 270 to get to a "dead end" and lo an behold! a 10 minute hike downhill (30 minutes up hill) to a remote black sand beach. From the look out to the south it looked like Jurassic park! Stop at the village along the way for some ice cream.. and if the weather is perfect 12 month... More

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Cedar Park, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Tips: - Be prepared for a hike up and down a hill (wear comfortable shoes & clothes) - Be prepared for a swim if weather conditions allow it (surf can be wild when windy) - Carry enough water and snacks to stay hydrated after the hike and survive for few hours (there aren't any shops or facilities down on the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The hike was very hard for my family. I'm not sure if it was because we were all tired from the crater walk the day before or because I have a torn ankle tendon. Either way it wasn't as easy as people said. It was much harder going down hill. Many people were doing it and out of breath. The... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We loved this trip to Pololu Valley Lookout. The drive is windy and the road literally ends at the parking lot...you can't miss it! You descend down a rocky path to the ocean with breathtaking views all the way down. Families with small children and those with bad knees, backs may find the path difficult but look for the smoother... More

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

One of the most (If not the most) breathtaking and stunningly beautiful beach I have ever been to. My wife and I visited this beach during our honeymoon to the Big Island. We took highway 270 north until we couldn't drive any further, parked in a small lot and walked down to the beach below. For over an hour we... More

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The directions are simple. Take highway 270 east until it ends. There may not be any parking spaces available in the small lot, but you can turn around and park on the side of the road and walk back to the overlook. And what an overlook it is! I spent three weeks on the Big Island exploring nearly every corner... More

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Massachusett
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The descriptions of the famous Waipio Valley sounded fabulous but it was far to get there from the west coast and we'd read locals might not be thrilled, plus the hike described made it offputting. Our car rental agent recommended Pololu instead and we were amazed. If Waipio is better, who knows, but this will not disappoint. It was a... More

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Annapolis, MD
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I am not in great shape but I wanted to see this view. I did read that there was a good view about half way down. Anyway we drove out here and started walking down the path. I knew that if I went all the way down it would take me a long time to get back up. My kids... More

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Prince George, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The drive was long from Kailua-Kona but the view at the end was well worth the long drive and somewhat challenging hike. We were on the Big Island for our 25th anniversary so we are not spring chickens and were able to do the hike down and up without any issues. We are pretty average as far as fitness goes... More

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California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This overlook is not as famous as the one to the east, but it is just as beautiful. Parking is an issue at various times during the day, but with a little patience it all works out. There is a very steep, dirt path that leads down to the valley floor. It can be tough going down, but is even... More

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