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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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Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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PA
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185 reviews 185 reviews
43 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Beautiful place. Last couple of miles of road are a little curvy (ok,a LOT curvy) with a couple of 1 lane bridges, but it's worth it. The view is amazing. I only wish we'd had the time to hike down to the beach.

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Fayetteville, New York
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Pololu Valley is one of the more scenic spots on the Big Island (IMHO). As others have pointed out, the lookout itself is located at the end of a road without much of a parking lot. When you arrive the main question is whether to hike down to the beach below (about 400 vertical feet on a badly eroded... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Stunning. I only walked part way down but I wish I'd had time to go all the way. However, even the view from the top is amazing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful scenery, but be warned there is no parking lot. When we arrived there were many, many cars parked along the road. It took us some time to find an open spot to park. We were short on time so didn't do the hike, but it was still worth going. After the lookout we stopped at the Makapala Store and... More

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San Diego, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Unlike the other lookout point from the other end at Waipolo, this area did not have a real parking lot. It was a road that literally ended and people had to park on the side of the road to take a quick picture.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The drive to get to this location is worth in by itself; there are lots of scenic stops along the way and it's truly a Hawaii Country drive. Why doesn't Hawaii start its own take on Country Music? (It was take off I'm sure of it!) Anyway this is an excellent view and trail that is worth your time if... More

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Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is such a beautiful lookout! It is well worth the extra drive to the end point. The ride out to the lookout is fun, too. You can walk down to the valley floor, but it is a hike and we did not do it. This lookout is a definite "to-do" while on the Big Island!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The view from Pololu Lookout was fantastic! Deep valleys rising to lush green mountains, with the blue ocean behind us and a winding river before us. We took the path down to the bottom, and it was well worth it! It's a half-hour hike along and old rocky, zig-zagging mule path. We moved quickly and managed to cover it in... More

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