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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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Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
89 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It is a pretty good drive to this beautiful valley, but it is scenic and worth it. By the time we got there I was like hope this is worth it, and believe me I was not disappointed. Altho it was cloudy but still great and on a sunny day could imagine what it would look like.

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Bologna, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Pololu valley is one of the highlights of the Big Island. As you approach the Northern tip of the island you start seeing the profiles of the mountains dropping into the ocean. There is a trail that takes you down to the ocean, it is rather steep but worth the descent. The colors of nature are amazing, the green of... More

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Dacula, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was one of the first places I drove to. Get there early, because there is VERY limited parking along the narrow road. Breathtaking vistas of the northern point of the island. To me, this type of vista is what I think of as quintessential Hawaii. The lush green of Kohala volcano is stark contrast to the dry barren sites... More

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Snohomish, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Get up early and go do this! We got there at 10am and got the last decent parking spot, when we got back up to the top people were parking farther away (it was also a Sunday). Hike down was very easy. When down at the bottom the views up we're great! The hike up wasn't bad. I'm a overweight... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a must see and do. The hike down is not bad, the hike up - give your self a bit of time. I'm 70+ and a smidge overweight but had no problems do it in 30mins with a few breaks. The view from the top is worth taking a picture of

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Lewisville, Texas
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542 reviews 542 reviews
134 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I drove here during a recent trip to the big Island, based on TA's recommendation. It is located at the end of a local, winding road. There were lots of people there (perhaps 25). There was a small parking lot but most had to park on the side of the narrow road. The view looks down the... More

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Hronovce, Slovakia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Nice view from the parking lot. Arrived around 2:00pm, was not easy to find a parking space. Approximately 15min hike down to a beatiful black sand beach.

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The road to it seems never ending and parking is limited once there, however its worth the trip. I'd suggest bringing a lunch and swim trunks. The walk down can be a little scary. Its not for someone that has trouble walking due to steepness. It's very similar to Waipio Valley. If you only have time for one, I'd choose... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The location is definitely worth your time and energy to visit. The views from the top are wonderful but so much better down on the black sand beach. I must advise that it is definitely tricky getting down (took about 25-30 minutes) with the incline and rocks but the wife and I hiked straight up and out in 15 minutes.... More

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New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This lookout gives a spectacular view down to the beach and the surrounding ocean. But the hike down was really fun too. It had been raining, and admittedly the path, strewn with rocks and mud, was slippery. We had to go rather slowly because of the unsure footing. It took us 25 minutes to get down to the beach, and... More

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