Saddle Road

Saddle Road, Kailua-Kona: Address, Phone Number, Saddle Road Reviews: 4.5/5

Saddle Road
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Drives
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Work2travel
Orange, CA420 contributions
Be Care
Jul 2021
The road itself is in great condition and the cut off on time is great.

How ever, the weather can be challenging. We experienced some heavy rain then there was driving through the clouds. Fog is one thing but the clouds cut visibility down to 20-30 feet.
Written 23 July 2021
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JRM10009
New York City, NY81 contributions
Beautiful Drive
May 2021
Beautiful Traverse!! We stayed in Hilo and were on this road about 6 times back and forth up to the North and back. Limited places to eat, so bring snacks. Great views and beaches if you research before you go.
Written 29 May 2021
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M. D
Saint Albans, VT120 contributions
Driving
May 2021 • Family
We were staying in Hilo so we drove this road often to Kona. Beautiful drive, varied weather, there was a 17 degree difference from the top of the mountain into Hilo it was 60 on the top of the road and 77 in Hilo, lots of goats and pigs you need to keep an eye out for
Written 25 May 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY653 contributions
Great Drive
Apr 2021
A great drive to do to see the belly of the island and then drive back along the northern coast. Plenty of sites to see along the road and en-route.
Written 5 May 2021
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Skibumdude
Vail, CO1,350 contributions
Long but Quick
May 2021
This is a great route to get from Hilo to the Kona coast. It beats the long slow ride to the south if you’re in a hurry or not interested in sightseeing. The road is long and smooth.
Written 1 May 2021
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Pwarnick
78 contributions
BORING
Apr 2021
Its a waste of time going this way to Hilo. I feel like we wasted a good chunk of the day and skipped some awesome beaches before turning onto the road. Yeah you see lava but that gets old after the first few miles. Its brown and rain heavy sporaticaly.
Written 17 April 2021
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MissKimBliss
San Diego, CA552 contributions
Really fun road.
Mar 2021
And if you have time, drive thge road to the Mauna Kea Visitors Center. And perhaps ever to the summit if you have a 4 wheel drive.
Written 1 April 2021
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poilippus
Hilo, HI25 contributions
Fast but flawed option to go cross-island
Mar 2021
This option saves you close to an hour on a Hilo-Kona trip. On a clear day you get access, and excellent views of Maunaloa and/or Maunakea and get to travel through an ohia forest. On a rainy or foggy day the driving can get dangerous, as is the case on Friday and Saturday nights (some chance of encountering drunk drivers). The alternative, the Hamakua coast road, is often plagued by debris, flooding or other problems. In that case, take the saddle road but exercise care.
Written 16 March 2021
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Rae
81 contributions
The road to Hilo
Jan 2021
This is the road to Hilo from the Kona side of the Island. Good paved road. Long up hills and down hills, straight as a pin. But be prepared, do not be the person who over heats. Get gas and snacks and drinks before you take off. Check the oil and radiator on your personal rig before you take off. There are a number of long miles with no services. Great views. Interesting the way the land and the landscape changes from lava and rock, to lush green, to even some critical habitat. Take the time to visit the observatory if it is open.
Written 24 January 2021
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Steve
Kingman, AZ40 contributions
FASTEST WAY TO HILO FROM KONA
Nov 2020
We have driven many times in past years and this is very good road now. Takes about one hour or more depending on where you star from. Most of what you will see is lava fields but think about it, it’s HAWAII and there is so much beauty on this island it’s hard to believe.
When you get to Hilo side it changes into two roads 200 and 2000 so that can trick someone up a little. There is lots to see in Hilo, but it also rains more over there.
When coming back to Kona side on saddle back as you start to descend down to Kona area just make sure you have a car with good brakes. The speed can get over 75 miles per hour and start braking when the sign says 1 mile from end. One year with my family & friends and a rented van with Bad brakes I really feared we would not stop! There also is a rest stop on the way and a park area for the kids to get out and play. All and all the Big Island is just a really enjoyable place to spend some time and to take lots of pictures and take away memories.
Written 30 November 2020
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