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We drove from Kona to Hilo using Saddle Road. You soon realise you're in an alien landsacape mostly ancient lava flows with very little vegetation. There were a couple of stop off points which we didnt do because of time contraints but probably best to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Susan M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The saddle road is a perfectly good highway across the state now, and rental car companies no longer forbid you from using it. Good views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. No gas stations.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BevM_Kansas
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our third visit to the Big Island, and we are continually amazed how many different landscapes you find there. A drive from Kona over to Hilo during our visit gave us an opportunity to use the road. It wasn't fully paved in our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 days ago

My family would highly recommend this beautiful drive w/ gorgeous views of the 2 volcanos. The road was in great shape and the drive was easy.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kwbsf
Reviewed 3 days ago

This road has been greatly improved in the past 5 years and much safer than in the past. Smooth drive and great views!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank suntravel2000
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our friends information was way outdated about the saddle road. It is a newer, excellent highway that is the quickest road from Kona to Hilo/Volcano Park. Not much traffic even over the Christmas holidays. It was interesting landscape between the volcanoes.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mary S
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great drive from Hilo to route 190 close to Waimea. In the winter parts of the drive can be windy and chilly if you pull off, bring a jacket. There are various hiking trails along the road, wish we had more time and were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ann C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved this road. It is an unusual view of the island that many do not see. We traveled during day and night many times and noticed different things each time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chimera-shaman
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful way to travel from the west side of the Big Island to the east side. Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are incredible mountains

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Larry B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saddle road is a pleasure to drive now that the paving work is done. Gone are the scary narrow rutted road that rental car companies made tourists promise not to take. Watch the speed limits though, it’s so smooth it’s easy to go fast and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ArcherKelly
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July 11, 2018|
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Response from howdijen | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it saves about an hour. It is safe and on the day we drove, absolutely beautiful and clear. The landscape changes so much from east to west!
Diane C
March 19, 2018|
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Response from Carma F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you'll be fine after dark. We have driven it in the dark several times.
March 18, 2018|
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Response from SouthLava | Reviewed this property |
The road is completely finished. Watch your speed.