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“Worth Every Step”

Pololu Valley Lookout
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth Every Step”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

The location is definitely worth your time and energy to visit. The views from the top are wonderful but so much better down on the black sand beach. I must advise that it is definitely tricky getting down (took about 25-30 minutes) with the incline and rocks but the wife and I hiked straight up and out in 15 minutes. Take a few towels and your suit, take lots of pictures and make this a stop while on the big island.

Visited March 2014
Thank Blair M
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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Marvellous view from the top. Great hike down to the beach.”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

This lookout gives a spectacular view down to the beach and the surrounding ocean. But the hike down was really fun too. It had been raining, and admittedly the path, strewn with rocks and mud, was slippery. We had to go rather slowly because of the unsure footing. It took us 25 minutes to get down to the beach, and a mere 18 minutes to walk back up! And I am 68 and not in particularly great shape! I was proud! The beach is beautiful, although it started to rain while we were there, and so we quickly began the ascent back to our car. I'd say it's a don't miss, particularly if you can hike down.

Visited March 2014
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Mill Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Not just for hikers”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

You find this gorgeous view lookout at the end of highway 270 on the north end of the island. I am sure that the hiker’s love the long walk down to the beach below but being physical challenged I am not able to do it. If you want to hike to the beach below make sure you have proper footwear and water. Read the warning signs about the trail down to the beach below. The view from up top is well worth the drive. We were staying in Kona so the drive itself to Pololu Lookout was filled with interesting sites, lava flows and quaint little towns. There is very little parking they really need to make more.

Visited January 2014
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“Best spot on the island...”
Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a must when you visit the Big Island. The hike down is definately easier than the hike back up, just take your time. The hike down is about 15-20 min..the hike up more like half an hour depending on your fitness level.
The view from the top of the hike while beautiful doesn't compare to getting to the bottom. The beautiful green valley and the fine black sand beach...and you can still see down the coast and all of the gorgeous cliffs.
bring a bathing suit if you want to cook off in the shallow waves, although I don't think you will actually take a swim, you can easily jump around in the waves without getting swept away.
Make sure to take water and snacks as there are absolutely no amenities..sunblock doesn't hurt either for your hike up and down the cliff. Oh, and if you are wondering what to wear for footgear... if you have great balance and strong ankles go ahead and wear flip flops, but if you need it wear a pair of sneakers or hikers especially if it had been raining.
All in all this was probably one of my most favorite places on the island....but of course you need to see it for yourself, online photos don't really do it justice.

Visited January 2014
Thank sawwwaaloha
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Fairfax, Virginia
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86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not much to see”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

it's at the end of a road. Just a BIG rock with water and a palm tree. Got a GORGEOUS picture of the palm tree and the water that I'll use for the front cover of my Hawaii book.

Visited February 2014
Thank ArlaFP
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