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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8089356268
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Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...

Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.

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Saddle road

Main road to get to get around island, hilly but smooth ride. Take some pictures of past lava flows . Bring rain gear can be very wet on other side

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Polk, Pennsylvania
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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite similar to New Mexico/West Texas which is surprising for the tropics. Road in great shape. Great way to get from Kona to Hilo

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Polk, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Main road to get to get around island, hilly but smooth ride. Take some pictures of past lava flows . Bring rain gear can be very wet on other side

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Trust me , your rental car can do this even if you are warned not to. Just gas up and make sure you have basic supplies and a cell phone if you need it. I have done this road many times. If you are a birdwatcher, Owls, Hawks and other birds are NUMEROUS. I do this road EVERY time I... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Saddle Road is the newest and best road on the Big Island. It provides a good shortcut to go between Kona and Hilo. We used it when we went to Hilo for an early morning helicopter flight over the Kilauea volcano, a do not miss attraction!. In addition to a great road, we were treated to an amazing sunrise... More 

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Denver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It goes in-between the two volcanoes. Mouna Loa and Mouna Kea, but you can rarely see much of either because of the clouds. Good views of the Kona coast as you approach Kailua. It is the fastest way to get from Hilo to Kailua Kona or vice versa. About a 2 hour trip. Recently fixed up and paved. You didn't... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I did not really need to go over the saddle road as I was just going from Waimea to Kailua but I found myself on the road. I went up to the state park at something like 8,000 feet and enjoyed the views. Coming down Daniel Inouye Highway I realized that I could see five active volcanoes, Mauna Kea -... More 

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Whyteleafe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Drove down this road to get to the summit and it seems they are improving the surface. The views are good but not necessarily better than others on the island (we took the North road from Kona to Hilo and this was a more attractive if slightly longer option).

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely road to drive on. The views are excellent and the landscape changes dramatically. No problems as roads are well paved.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're headed from Kona to Hilo this is one of your faster ways to get there but along the Route you also have an access road to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa both of which are fantastic keep your eyes open for hours it's actually a really pretty Drive

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful drive between Waimea/Waikoloa/Kona and Hilo. The scenery changes often which keeps it quite interesting. The road is in quite good condition and is a pleasant drive. If you are crossing the island, definitely recommended.

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