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Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
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All reviews saddle road mauna kea rest area nice rest stop ramen noodles arnotts lodge picnic area the sun set feet above sea level four wheel drive visitor center nice place to stop watch the sunset rental car the big island parking lot restrooms
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolute must do on the big island. Went with arnotts lodge. Breathtaking views from the summit with blue skies above and white sheet of clouds below. Defo stay for sunset.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank anthonysolanky
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

We went on a clear day in January. Despite what some of the other reviews say, 4WD is an absolute must! The unpaved section of the road was quite rough and the trip back down required our absolute lowest gears to avoid brake burnout. That...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CristinEmrick
Reviewed December 26, 2018

We pulled over as we thought that this was some sort of a park as we were driving by. There was a clean restroom, like you would have off of an interstate. The rest of the place was locked up. The main visitor center was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ann C
Reviewed December 17, 2018

Private tour with Tours by Locals tour guide Scott W. Cold and windy at the top but definitely worth the view!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank blkutzing
Reviewed December 3, 2018

A pleasant park to take a break, have a picnic or just to let the kids run off some steam. There are restrooms here and they were clean when we went. On one side is a picnic area and the is a play area not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank parrottdize
Reviewed November 6, 2018

For many years this place was my driving break as I headed across the saddle road. It has nice bathrooms and if you have kids it has a very nice playground with modern equipment. I know there are cabins for rent but we've never stayed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TedinHawaii
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Must Go. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunset and walked around. The telescopes are way cool especially when they open up. Then the sun set. OMGeeeee. We simply stared in amazement. This was definitely a highlight moment of our trip. The drive to top...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank daqattaq
Reviewed October 22, 2018

The guide on our tour made this trip up Mauna Kea very special. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable, and very concerned with the welfare of his passengers as we ascended two and two-thirds miles above sea level into the thin, low-oxygen air. The view...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 2FansofMexico
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We visited in September and the view and sunset from this place is just incredible. We drove all the way to the top and it was such an incredible experience. We decided not to go on a guided tour and I am glad we didn't...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brittany B
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Stunning place to watch sunset but worth taking an organised tour. You can't take a hire car to the top without invalidating insurance so for the best experience an organised tour is worthwhile. But while the sunsets are spectacular, don't forget to turn around and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
There was a little snow when we were there. You can see a nice sunsets on a clear day, but the best sunset is at the top of Mauna Kea. The visitor's center (at 9,000 ft.) has nice telescopes set up at night and they will... More