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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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It's a road

We used this road on our way back from watching the lava. We came back at night and the stars are so close and vivid on a clear night

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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We used this road on our way back from watching the lava. We came back at night and the stars are so close and vivid on a clear night

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not the Saddle Road of years past (much improved and well paved), but they do have speed traps, so be sure to watch your speed and drive carefully.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Road is so much better now that its paved, but at the beginning of hilo they are working on it and tearing it up right now to make it more safe and less curvey!

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Thank Jenn N
Roanoke, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Saddle road is nearing completion, but the section before getting in to Hilo is torn up as part of the improvement project. This can cause delays. We were told to allow 2-1/2 hours to get to Hilo from Kona but we made it easily in 1 hour 40 minutes. You can't count on that however. Anyway, the rest of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm not a fan of driving but I had friends on opposite ends of the island! This drive was easy and fun:) It's just under 2 hrs but be ready to make lots of stops for pictures and a little hiking adventures:) Took me about 3.5 hours cause I was having so much fun exploring:) Easy places to turn off... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The new Saddle Road that opened up a few years ago saves about 30 to 40 minutes off of the old 2 hour plus drive to Hilo from Kona or visa versa. When driving the new saddle road be careful because there are Radar Happy Hawaii Police Officers ( Hawaii Five-O ) that will write you a speeding ticket with... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took this route to the volcano national park and enjoyed the views. The higher you sent the greener it was. We passed Mauna Loa entrance and one other site but didn't stop because we wanted to spend most our our time available at the park.

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Morrison, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove the saddle road between Hilo and Kona to save some time. It was a very beautiful drive. Then going back to Hilo we drove the Hamakua Coast.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a marvelous drive on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lots to see with farms, cattle ranches, and the like.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Let's face it...it's rarely fun to drive on the freeway. However, if you have to travel from Kona to a destination such as Waimea or Waikoloa Village, taking the Saddle Road is a pleasant way to do it. The lava features are fascinating, and stand in stark contrast to the lush green of the resort areas that border them. But... More 

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