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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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All reviews the black sand beach great hike bring water road ends the big island steep trail walking stick parking is limited moderate hike trail head hiked down hiking shoes take your time decent shape short hike worth the effort breathtaking views
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pololu Valley is one of those places where you find your mind wandering off to... well, who knows, it's simply magical. The "Lookout" is pretty much the parking lot at the northern rim of just one of a number of valleys on the North side...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was just a quick stop for us but the views are beautiful so we spent a good 1/2 hour enjoying the scenery and taking pictures. Parking is very limited but we parked along the road and walked a short bit to get there. We...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance to this beach had a beautiful view. I only wish we had time to hike down to the beach. We arrived early enough to snag one of the limited parking spots but did not have time to hike down to the beach.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Haven't been here in a few years what a difference. For the worse. Since the volcano stopped flowing it seems that the big bus tours now make this a stop. Parking has always been tight but now it's almost impossible. NO BATHROOMS, let that...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank kaukine808
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this day! Such a blast. Our friends came along, too. The valley was incredible perfect weather. Polo lu was amazing, couldn’t find a better place to hike or just hang out! FYI: ledgend had it a warrior killed a maiden and it caused...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank happy4travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a couple of fantastic hours at this location. From the 'Pololū Valley Lookout' itself you can get the classic view of the Pololū Valley and the black sand beach. An approx. 30 min hike down along the rather steep and rocky trail along...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TravellerNDA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is located in the town of Hawi on the North coastline, you stay on hwy 270 until it literally goes off the cliff. there is a really small parking lot so I would suggest parking on the road before the parking lot and walking...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank esqwalax
Reviewed 13 September 2019

A nice little change of pace to the day. This time of year it wasn’t crowded and we found the hike took about 20 minutes to get down, watching our footing. The black sand beach was almost completely void of people. There are a lot...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 8 September 2019

This was a great couple of hours in nature. The beach is remote and peaceful in the morning hours. Beautiful scenery. Definitely would not recommend for anyone who has mobility or health issues. The hike is challenging but doable. Took about 15-20 minutes to get...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jp164708
Reviewed 1 September 2019

Incredible view from the top, black sand beach at the bottom worth the hike down. We've been going there for years and are sad to see how how overcrowded it's become, No place for tour groups, hope they're kept out. Very concerned that all of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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1 September 2017|
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Response from JuliePrins | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not on crutches or even someone with bad knees or ankles. It is a very challenging hike due to the steep grade and the terrain.
Imran K
4 April 2016|
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Response from Matt C |
It would depend on your stamina and strength. It is a fairly steep climb back up. You are not ever climbing as with your hands and knees, but there are three switchbacks and almost constantly climbing as if on stairs.
18 November 2015|
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