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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've heard the stories about this road and how bad it WAS. Well this is no longer the case. This is the best and quickest way to get across the island. The road is WELL paved and has a higher speed limit that the highways...More

Thank Nicole C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Saddle Road is interesting to say the least. It rises to 6800 ft. (GPS reached 6824 ft.) in elevation and takes you through some moonscape scenes with virtually nothing except lava rock, areas of stunted and gnarly trees that reminded me of a 1950's...More

Thank jeffsutton08
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wasn’t quite the drive I was hoping for. We stopped at the recreation area and the temperature had dropped 30 degrees and it was raining hard out. The fog and rain made it real tough to see while driving but what I was able to...More

Thank Ryan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure if the rental companies still make you promise that you will not drive this road because it's in great condition now. We drove it at 2am in order to make a lava hike excursion at Kalapana by 4am. Highly recommend this road...More

Thank ArkBC
Reviewed 1 week ago

My last review said to avoid this road like the plague as it was very dangerous due to fog, mist, mud, curves, and lack of safety features. Well, the state fixed all that during the last summer and it is NOW THE WAY TO GO...More

1  Thank capndrake
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove from Kona to Hilo on this road and then stopped at Mauna Kea to watch the sunset on the way back. There are no services along the way so make sure you have a full gas tank and pack a few snacks. It's...More

1  Thank Sue A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Want tge fastest route from Kailua-Kona to Hilo? It is the Big Island's Saddle Road. My wife and I have been visiting Hawaii long enough that we can remember when rebtal car companies prohibited driving the Saddle Road. No more. Today this road is a...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice smooth road! Don't forget to bring food for a picnic lunch! Great place to stop and stretch your legs on way to Hilo. Clean restrooms!

Thank flaggers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At one time driving this road was a violation of car rental agreements but no longer. The road is in good condition and a shortcut between Kona and Hilo. It is just dark with no gas stations so make sure you have a full tank.

Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've circumnavigated the entire island and there is no bad path to take. Saddle Road is the fastest way to travel between the windward and leeward sides of the island. Fast altitude changes, so expect your ears to pop.

Thank John F
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October 8, 2017|
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Response from T634SIjamesd | Reviewed this property |
Yes and well maintained too
May 16, 2017|
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Response from alandF6879AU | Reviewed this property |
There are no cliffs and nothing that requires a guardrail. Most of the road is very straight and very wide (mostly 2 lane, with occasional passing lanes). There is a short section (4 miles?) on the downhill run into Hilo... More
Chin T
January 13, 2017|
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Response from Suzy S | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's just very bumpy