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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This little jaunt or bypass on the Old Mamalohoa Hwy off of Hwy 19 about 6 miles north of Hilo, is well worth the detour. As it offers a beautiful drive through a rain-forest of various types of palms, tropical plants, and numerous waterfalls. There...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2018

There is a great scenic drive which takes in the bay as an alternative to the main road. Lovely scenery but not many places to park to enjoy the view.

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Reviewed September 28, 2018

We only did the "scenic route" and did not stop by the bay. Taking the scenic route meant driving through lots and lots of trees, and eventually having a view of the ocean peeking through the trees. Enough said. I think it's an ordinary island...More

Thank Legopod
Reviewed July 24, 2018

This is a 4-mile scenic route to a beautiful bay. Rough waters when we got there not swimmable, hike was good but bring bug spray or bracelets.

Thank lues16
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We stopped by a viewing point of the bay. We were on our way back to Hilo from the Waipio Valley and there is a little side road that leads to a great smoothie and shaved ice stand. It also offers an overview of the...More

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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Totally worth it. Very quiet the day we visited. The view of the ocean was beautiful and peaceful. If you’re traveling to Akaka Falls, I recommend taking 15-20 minutes to stop here.

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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

On a private tour Mauka Makai Adventures, Josh made a stop at Onomea Bay. Just a short, easy hike leads to this beautiful little bay. We were the only people there, and spent about 20-25 minutes just taking it in. There is something mesmerizing and...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful hidden gem off the beaten path! It's an easy hike down with a rewarding view at the bottom. A very peaceful place! Definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

The Bay and the trails are full of quintessential Hawaiian views and landscapes that most travelers search out when visiting Hawaii. You really need to consider the trails as you get the best views!

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The trail leading to the bay is downhill and a short hike in the shade of beautiful vegetation. The views are great from the trail and from the « beach » at the end of the trail. We just stayed on the public trail, which takes a...More

Thank KSB_10
Reviewed March 22, 2018

Driving north up the coast just past Hilo, you will spot a sign suggesting a scenic drive or the Onomea Scenic Drive. This road leads to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. It is in this area where you will find Onomea Bay. A state trail...More

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