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“Best Views; Honolulu, Pearl, Waikiki, and Diamond Head.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Round Top Drive

Ranked #190 of 518 things to do in Oahu
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Owner description: Nine-mile loop offering spectacular views of Honolulu and Waikiki.
springfield vt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Best Views; Honolulu, Pearl, Waikiki, and Diamond Head.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Free. Bring a picnic. Take a hike. Spectacular views of Honolulu and Diamond head. Very steep road. We were limited to stroller accessible areas. Wish we could have hiked some of the trails. Highly recommend when visibility is good. This is a DRIVING tour for almost everyone, due to the steep climbs. I'm sure Lance could bike it without sweating.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Highlight of Hawaiian visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

My husband and I hired road bikes from The Bike Shop in Honolulu. It's really close to the start of the Round Top Drive and they gave us instructions of how to get there.

Despite the fact that I hadn't ridden in about 9 months and my fitness wasn't the best, I was able to make it up this difficult ride.

It was so worth it! The views are spectacular, the ride down is fun, and it was so rewarding to cycle. It made me excited to start riding regularly again :)

Only thing - It's pretty hot on Oahu so bring enough water with you!

If you're a fairly confident rider with average fitness I would say, get out of the car and ride this great road!

Visited October 2012
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United States
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“Fantastic views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

It is a drive. But as such, it is a fantastic one. We moved to the Manoa Valley on Oahu few weeks ago, and looking at Google maps, I noticed that there was that road that seemed to be going around the western ridge of the Manoa Valley. And it is, offering views not to be missed (see the pictures). You will also drive through a bamboo jungle, and several hiking trails start on that road. It is definitely worth doing if you are here for more than few days.

Visited January 2013
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Morris County, NJ
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“One of the most incredible drives in the US”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2011

I was surprised that this drive was rated so low on TripAdvisor. We drove this road after visiting the Punchbowl and were amazed at how beautiful this road is. And what a payoff at the end. A spectacular view of Honolulu and Waikiki. This is on my list of the top 5 things to do on Oahu. Take your convertible, put the top down and you will experience a ride that has practially nothing to compare it to in the US.

Visited September 2011
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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“Great views especially at sunset”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2010

Round top drive takes you to the top of Mount Tantalus. The views are great especially during sunset. The view in Puu Ualakaa State Park is the best and is located about halfway around the 9 miles loop. You have a terrific view of Diamond Head, the city, and the west side. Make sure to take a jacket because it can be be cold and windy. At the end of the loop, stop at the Punchbowl Crater.

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