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Mamalahoa Highway

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Mamalahoa Highway

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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
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psudino wrote a review Sep 2020
Weehawken, New Jersey3,163 contributions660 helpful votes
This is THE road that goes around the Big Island. What it most incredible about this island compared to the others besides the sheer size is the number of climates and landscapes that you can experience in a single day on a single road. There are lava fields, volcanic steam vents, dense forests, rainforests, towns of a homes, the only two major towns on the island, waterfalls, etc etc. You will not be disappointed if you drive this loop!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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vmusarvs s wrote a review Mar 2020
42 contributions13 helpful votes
Most highways in Hawaii are just two lane roads where the locals and visitors alike drive 10mph below the speed limit. If you're driving from one scenic place to another, don't plan on getting there in a hurry. You won't!!! On the plus side, the asphalt is maintained very well. Lastly, what's with all the trash around the scenic vista pull-outs (especially on the other side of the retaining wall). It's completely disgusting. Doesn't the Hawaiian tourism board pay the sanitation workers well?
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Cindy H wrote a review Feb 2020
Alameda, California1,551 contributions215 helpful votes
When you take Highway 19 along the coast toward Waimea or coming back from there, you encounter a totally different weather system with the clouds looming over the hills. We did not see such a dramatic change in weather as we did here during our drives around the island. When the clouds are around, there can be light showers of rain which is a perfect storm for rainbows. In fact, the clouds went in and out so much we were able to drive around to get a clear shot from various angles including one with both of us in it. How often can you do that. It's a beautiful drive especially if you come down from Highway 250 to Highway 19. The scenery is just gorgeous and was a highlight we found with our driving app that guided us down this route.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jane3212 wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
The scenic portion of the highway between Havi and Hilo was breathtaking! The winding road goes over falls and through jungle foliage.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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NTSU1975 wrote a review Oct 2019
Georgetown, Texas1,018 contributions226 helpful votes
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This review covers the Mamalahoa Highway going North from Kona to Waimea on Highway 190 and from Waimea to Honoka'a on Highway 19. Leaving sea level in Kona you will quickly climb to 2000' elevation. The views looking down acroos the urban area and lush growth begin fading into the lava flows of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Along the way you will encounter goats and cattle giving a preview of the ranch lands ahead around Waimea. It has been stated that Waimea is the most unHawaiian town you will find in Hawaii. Depends on your perspective, but on our Saturday drive the pickups pulling horse and cattle trailers and the active rodea arena definitely reminded us of our home state, Texas. Leaving Waimea and heading east to Honoka'a the terrain will change, and you will soon be in what was the sugar cane plantation area. The end of this drive will put you on the east coast with fantastic views of the ocean and the Waipi'o valley. On this drive you will never be more than 20 miles from gas stations and other services.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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