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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mauna kea” (338 reviews)
“great road” (130 reviews)
“speed limit” (112 reviews)
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Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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"mauna kea"
in 338 reviews
"great road"
in 130 reviews
"speed limit"
in 112 reviews
"short cut"
in 97 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 89 reviews
"road construction"
in 41 reviews
"one lane bridges"
in 33 reviews
"the big island"
in 340 reviews
"military base"
in 29 reviews
"easy drive"
in 63 reviews
"roller coaster"
in 40 reviews
"lava fields"
in 91 reviews
"rental car"
in 69 reviews
"state park"
in 34 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 29 reviews
"visitor center"
in 47 reviews
"hilo"
in 1,719 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Drove it twice; both times from Hilo to Kona side. The first time it was an uneventful drive. Beautiful view of different geography than you see on a coast road. The second drive turned into quite the white-knuckle adventure. The weather turned and visibility was...More

Thank thomassM1299WB
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Reviewed yesterday

I was in Hawaii about 30 years ago and remember when this road was basically off limits to rental cars. Now, this was the easiest way to get up and over to HIlo from the Waikaloa area. Totally smooth and easy to travel. There are...More

Thank OH-traveler71
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Reviewed yesterday

While much faster, the altitude change is kind of dramatic. Cloud cover can hamper the trip at the peak heights. On return to the West side, be careful near the end of the highway as the road is steep for a highway and occasionally Police...More

Thank bigislanddave928
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is so nice to have this road completely paved. It is wide open, three lanes and a smooth ride. Hawaii has certainly made an investment in its roads since I was last here years ago and I am thankful for that.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great views of Mauna Kea. The road is in good shape. We did lose our verizon signal though. NO places to stop until you get to the other side of the island

Thank Kathy C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Saddle road is a great shortcut from Kona to Hilo, but make sure your rental car company allows their cars on this road. Observe the speed limit, this can be a very tricky and dangerous road.

Thank Ralph S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove from Waikaloa to Hilo for a day and back via Waimea. It was a great way to get more familiar with the big island on our first trip here. It seems to be a fairly new road and in great shape.

Thank Sedonacouple
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Now that the road is complete it was a joy to drive today! Made the trip to Hilo very easy, not much traffic and road smooth!

Thank Ronald R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Take a fast ride over the saddle to decrease your time from Hilo to Kona or Hilo to Waimea. The new and improved Saddle Road has dramatically decreased the drive time to Kona and Waimea and it now by passes all of the low traffic...More

Thank scarlettivy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am not sure how to review the road but it is vastly improved over what it used to be last year. It is smooth and has passing lanes alternating between each side. It tops out at about 6500 feet. It is well marked and...More

Thank Vincent B
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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.
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thebeanMontrealQc
March 18, 2018|
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Response from SouthLava | Reviewed this property |
The road is completely finished. Watch your speed.
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jchadick82
October 8, 2017|
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Response from Carma F | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is.
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