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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mauna kea” (308 reviews)
“speed limit” (102 reviews)
“short cut” (90 reviews)
Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great scenery and vistas from volcano to ocean along with the opportunity to experience a change in climate and topography. From 86 degrees along the shore down to 58 degrees over the pass.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Saddle Road is definitely the easiest way between Kona and Hilo. the round-the-ends roads are more interesting, but for safety and quick, it can't be beaten.

Thank suburban-countess
Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy drive over paved roads. You will experience temperature changes along the route. Access to some state parks and observatory. There are rest stops along the way.

Thank Gerald Wataru L
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a great relief when the Saddle Road was paved and finally open to the public. This is a speedy connection between Hilo and Kona (and vice-versa), traveling between two great mountains. The scenery is out-of-this-world as you climb between fields of cinder cones....More

Thank CaliforniaBrit
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Its a highway, not super exciting. Follow all speed limits as the highway is new and the police are everywhere ticketing people!!!

Thank mcameron17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed on the Hilo side of the island part of the time, we used this road as the most direct and fast route to the Kona airport. Road is in great condition.

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After starting from the Hilo end,was a little of a surprise zig zag and rollercoaster ride the new highway was great to drive good signs and good views a real must when they finally finish the Hilo end

Thank john c
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The newly paved saddle road is much safer and offers beautiful views of the snowy mountains and fields.

Thank WonderingWhimsy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This review is based on a night drive along Saddle Road going from east to west. In short it’s a road, and because I drove it at night I cannot comment on the scenery. However for those worried about driving in the dark I can...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove the Saddle Road multiple times on our trip on the Big Island. Easy smooth ride across the island. There is a rest stop about halfway across.

Thank Sharon L
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9 October 2017|
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Response from T634SIjamesd | Reviewed this property |
Yes and well maintained too
17 May 2017|
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Response from alandF6879AU | Reviewed this property |
There are no cliffs and nothing that requires a guardrail. Most of the road is very straight and very wide (mostly 2 lane, with occasional passing lanes). There is a short section (4 miles?) on the downhill run into Hilo... More
Chin T
14 January 2017|
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Response from Suzy S | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's just very bumpy