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Reviewed 6 days ago

Back in 1982 when we 1st visited the Big Island, this road was "off Limits" to rent-a-cars as it was un-paved. Now it an all new paved road with passing lanes on the up hill sides. Probably the best highway on the Big Island for...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 306bigd2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a relatively new road cutting through the Big Island to get from Kona to Hilo and back. It is well maintained and definitely cuts the travel time. Much better than following slow trucks on the old route.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank James S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to go to Hilo or the Volcano area, You can shorten your travel time at least by 2 hours through this road than choosing Southern road. The risk is high probability of fog, so I recommend you to check the weather before...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank masayame
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the route from Hilo to Kona area. Overall the route is two lanes headed up the mountain each way and then one lane coming down each way, hence three lanes. A relatively smooth route from one side of the island to the other. A...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank CharlesR643
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Drive. A must do drive, you get to see unique lava landscape. Road is very well maintained. Cuts travel from one side to other side of the island

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pradeep K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we first began coming to the Big Island there were places where the road dropped down to a single-wide road. It's now a major highway and easy to travel across the island in a short time. It's wide and safe now. We have travelled...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Judy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A steady up and then a steady down.. road was in great shape and an easy drive. Watch the speed limits!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank tom s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was a time when driving the Saddle Road was banned for rental cars. No more. The new, improved road , I swear is the best on the island. We traveled from Waikoloa to Hilo in 1 hour while observing the speed limits. Speeding of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JuneKaimuki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drive down from Waimea to Daniel K highway for the best scenes. Pity the road to Mauna Kea still closed due to current protests on new telescope.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank fmsoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don’t know why people are saying new Saddle Road is scary (except at night— I didn’t see any lights.) This is nothing compared to any of the Sierra Mountain Passes which are white knucklers. The road is wide, each curve is easy to anticipate...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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April 7, 2019|
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Response from NXTTRP | Reviewed this property |
The Saddle Road is like driving across Montana. Wide open spaces and big sky! An easy drive on a new highway. Beautiful. The northern road takes more effort with lots of turns and hills. But you drive through a wide... More
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March 3, 2019|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
No saddle road is inland between the 2 big volcanos.
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!
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