Mauna Loa Scenic Drive

Mauna Loa Scenic Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Mauna Loa Scenic Drive Reviews: 4.5/5

Mauna Loa Scenic Drive
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OldLadyTexan
13 contributions
So much diversity within the park
Jul 2021
You really should have a car when you visit the Big Island. There is so much diversity, even within the Volcanos National Park.
Written August 25, 2021
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John P
New York City, NY1 contribution
Great view, sketchy drive towards the top.
Nov 2019
View and experience-wise, 5 stars. Amazing. The problem is the single lane part of the drive, especially if you are driving around sunset, which was recommended by locals and guidebooks alike. It is very switchbacked and there are only pull offs every few hundred yards or so, much of it with trenches or jagged lava rocks on the side...if you meet another car one of you may need to back up, which was a scary proposition at dusk for us in a crappy rental car.
Written October 13, 2020
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oldirish33
Cottage Grove, OR152 contributions
One of our favorite roads on Hawai'i
Feb 2020 • Couples
Every year on our visit to the Big Island we take the trip up Mauna Loa Road to the lookout. We were amazed this year at the recovery in the Ohea forest after the fire in 2018. We went through last year just after the road reopened and there is much new growth, especially young Koa, among the blackened trees. The view up top is always well worth the drive up.

Single lane and rough the last couple of miles, drive slow and with Aloha. You never know when the vehicle you meet going up or down is me!
Written February 21, 2020
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Craig J
23 contributions
Great road and spectacular views.
Sep 2019 • Couples
Good fast road with spectacular views. Now used as the fast road from Kona to Hilo. See the observatory on the way
Written October 15, 2019
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Gorgeous place!
Apr 2019
Totally worth the time and ride. This is a wonderful place to visit, yes it’s bumpy, but it’s fun! We enjoyed everything. Would do it again!!
Written September 19, 2019
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Shrirambo
Lexington, MA45 contributions
Different colors showing different time of the eruption
Aug 2019
We couldn't do Mauna Kea as the TMT protest was going on and decided to go up Mauna Loa and it was a interesting drive. New for most of us, and the drive wasn't difficult, though one has to be cautious at turns and sliding up, as there are lots of blind spots. It's hard to see. But we started early, around 8AM and hardly there was anyone on the road. It is very easy to see cars coming at a far distance and get prepared to pullover to give way to the people working at the weather station or other hikers trying to get to the top. Amazing to see how different flows are in different colors and texture and each one represents different eruption.
Written August 21, 2019
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Adam P
Glenmont, NY84 contributions
Not Worth It
May 2019 • Couples
The ride to the Mauna Loa Lookout is not worth it. The vegetation is beautiful, some of the moss on the trees makes them look red, and the burnt trees are very unique. Aside from this, the road is not well maintained and has many potholes. We did it in a Ford Mustang convertible and were worried about getting a flat most of the ride. The lookout is nothing special and was a huge let down. Unless you plan on hiking to the top (the sign said it takes 3-4 days of hiking) do not go. Better off paying the $25 parking fee at the national park.
Written May 14, 2019
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Suzanne D
219 contributions
A twisty drive but pretty
Dec 2018 • Couples
The tree molds were interesting as well as the beautiful green undergrowth coming up under the burned trees. The drive gets down to one lane and is curvy but not too terrible. Our two wheel drive, 4 cylinder sedan did fine but had to go slow over pothole areas.
Written December 14, 2018
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Kaela
Seattle, WA1,066 contributions
Beautiful drive between stops
Feb 2018 • Couples
A must do - you have to drive place to place anyway so might as well take this beautiful scenic trail.
Written November 7, 2018
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA857 contributions
A Must
Feb 2018 • Family
The trip to the top for a view of sunrise is worth the trip. Get the kids up early and take them along.
Written June 3, 2018
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