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Left Hilo after dinner, so it was dark. Saddle road is a nice drive and is very well marked for night driving.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Madagascar2016
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So, the big island of Hawaii - 3 chiocce. HI 11 in the south, HI 19 in the north or Saddle Road across the centre. Mostly 2 lane, with some passing lanes. But not too much traffic so no worries. Can be foggy and damp,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 104stevenp
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We use the Saddle Road for a quick trip to the Hilo side of Big Island. The different climate zones, access to Mauna Kea & the great herds of sheep are just a few of the reasons to travel this route. The condition of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank youandmeinidaho
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of the ways to get to Hilo and Volcano National Park from Waikoloa. It is a very calm and interesting trek. The road is nicely paved and the surface is smooth. Beware because of the altitude you may be driving through a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MichaelE9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’ve traveled from the Koahala coast to Hilo a few times via Waimea and really love the drive. Today we decided to take saddle road instead and I’m so glad we did. It doesn’t have the same beautiful scenes as the coastal drive, but it...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CMelam
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun highway that takes you between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the way back from Hilo to Kona. This highway rises up some 3000 feet and on our drive we left sunshine and encountered a rainy, cloudy saddle road; but it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a beautiful drive. So pretty. Visiting cousins and they showed us many sites. This is a drive you should not miss.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lovesfortrob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove the Saddle road - Daniel Inouye highway then hiway 190 from Hilo to Kona coast... had seen some reviews and forum comments about the road and about safety concerns...We travelled the road about 4 pm and had NO concerns at all...in fact the new...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Irfman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes ! It is so sad to see trash here and there along that road . I took pictures of flowers growing on lava and we had to remove trash around so the picture would be enjoyable . The state of Hawaii should implement mandatory...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JohnnyBravo55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ending up making a loop around Mauna Kea on our trip from Waimea to Volcano National Park and back. We were tired after the volcano and a trip out to Isacc Hale Park on the east side. The drive back was pleasant and fast...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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12 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!
20 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.
19 March 2018|
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Response from SouthLava | Reviewed this property |
The road is completely finished. Watch your speed.