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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Driving
Description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...
Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
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Not a barren wasteland

We traveled from Kona to Hilo over Saddle road told it was miles and miles of nothing. We found the lava flows fascinating. We happened upon a shrine where the Hawaiians pay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We traveled from Kona to Hilo over Saddle road told it was miles and miles of nothing. We found the lava flows fascinating. We happened upon a shrine where the Hawaiians pay tribute to Pele before going up further onto Mona Kea. There were several groups of people who performed this ritual before they traveled up the mountain. It was... More 

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We drove from Hilo to Kona via Saddle Road. We have taken both the coastal and southern routes in the past. This is an entirely different drive. Very straight and upgraded road, Be careful to obey the speed limit signs- the police are stationed along the entire route. You may hit a lot of different weather along the drive, rain,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

More direct back to Kailua. Good road relfectors, but no overhead street lighting. Use caution. It takes 2 1/2 hours with no traffic.

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Dardanelle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is all completed and a great road to use. ,makes traveling across the island so much better - smooth and not so curvy

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Oahu, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Thank's to the late Senator Inoye for inproving this vital road. It was much better than expected. Be sure to start with a full tank of gas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The new saddle road is very smooth and comfortable, with a subtle climb in elevation, and the terrain is other-worldy: lava fields for miles and miles. If you want to save some time on your Hilo/Kona drive, this road makes for an interesting trip. HOWEVER, we have been warned that it is very foggy at night, and is to be... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I didn't find it too special since there are many scinic road in Hawaii. We got heavy rain half way on the road but we are from Vancouver so rain won't scare us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the drive very much across the island. This is a very nice highway and we were able to get some fantastic views of a variety of sites. It was interesting to note the diversity of climates in this distance. It is a great way to get across to the Hilo side if you are crunched for time. The... More 

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Kennerdell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

When we first starting visiting Hawaii... this road was almost scary to travel on, that was many many years ago and now WOW, what a pleasure to drive on....such a nice 'shortcut' . Highly recommend the drive, stop, take pics...;)

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Given the elevation gain, I was concerned on whether this road would be steep. To my delight, the elevation gain is gradual. And the twists & turns are manageable. You do gain height and may run into mists during the drive. Drive the speed you're comfortable with, and let the other cars pass.

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