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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.
Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Reviewed yesterday

A very nice drive from Hilo to Kona. The scenery changes as we drove from Hilo. We started with rain along the forested road. As we ascended higher, the forest gave way to shrubs. As we reach the pass, the sky began to clear up...More

Thank RainbowCowboy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It seemed to take a long time for saddle road to finish but the results are beautiful and it saves so much time to get to kona. The fog can be heavy in the afternoons so turn your lights on!

Thank candycaincod
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First time I’ve driven the ‘new’ saddle road. Great road and cuts the travel time from Lona to Hilo in half. Very interesting terrain between two giant volcanoes.

Thank Troou2
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Actually got to see the tops of mauna kea and loa from the saddle road. The saddle was above the clouds. It is amazing the difference in the weather between the east and west sides of the island.

Thank BevoBurn96
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We used the saddle road in the afternoon to go to Hilo . The road is good. It is single lane and two lanes for some time. While returning back from Hilo it was late evening and getting dark. We came across some low lying...More

Thank us4sb
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took this on the way back to Kona after a scenic drive of the North Coast. It was a newly paved surface and very interesting drive through the lava flows.

Thank susanmQ578VN
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took this road as it seemed like a short cut across the island. You travel through old lava fields. No real scenery except for lava fields. But as a side note, an accident blocked the way and since it was a fatality we had to...More

Thank NanShi
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really cool road but be advised no gas on this road. No stores either. You will see the military there. This is road to Maua Kea.

Thank Kimberlytis
Reviewed 5 days ago

The best way to get across the island from Kona to Hilo. Very nice road now. 60 mph speed limit. Goes in between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Mauna Loa is still an active volcano that erupted in 1984. its the flatter one with the...More

1  Thank Brett M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful highway withnso many ecosystems. Going from the west ...seeing the vog and dry desert like conditions. Travel over the summit and see native plants, cold weather, rain and clouds. Amazing drive! Nice, easy drive to Hilo town!

1  Thank howdijen
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11 July 2018|
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Response from howdijen | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it saves about an hour. It is safe and on the day we drove, absolutely beautiful and clear. The landscape changes so much from east to west!
Diane C
19 March 2018|
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Response from Carma F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you'll be fine after dark. We have driven it in the dark several times.
18 March 2018|
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Response from SouthLava | Reviewed this property |
The road is completely finished. Watch your speed.