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Nice view

This drive being off the main road is easy to miss. Dive it slowly and carefully as the road is... read more

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Janet R
Thunder Bay, Canada
This is worth the trip on a narrow road.

This is one of the places lava flowed down to the sea in the May 2018 eruption. 30 foot wall of... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2019
Joyce D
Augusta, Kansas
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All reviews botanical gardens one lane bridges onomea bay lovely drive old hawaii pull over ocean crashing mamalahoa highway road to hana worth the detour beautiful scenic mile stretch the main highway short detour take your time lush tropical forest hamakua coast
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Reviewed yesterday

This drive being off the main road is easy to miss. Dive it slowly and carefully as the road is narrow with lots of curves. Take the he time to see the lovely views of the ocean along the way. Stop to hike through the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Janet R
Reviewed 14 February 2019

a nice drive, only a couple of spots to stops . very over grown but we like that. stop for a smoothie

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 11 February 2019

This is one of the places lava flowed down to the sea in the May 2018 eruption. 30 foot wall of lava on both sides. A new black sand beach was formed. Trees sticking out of the lava then right next to it living trees....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 11 February 2019 via mobile

It's a 4 mile jaunt off of the main road that is extremely nice to drive! It doesn't take much time (unless you get out and walk a bit which I would highly advise!) and doesn't cost a thing. Definitely worth taking the road less...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank shorti04
Reviewed 30 January 2019

The highlight of this drive is Onomea Bay. There are some trails leading out to the peninsula there, and the plant life is well worth a look.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mtk07
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Pepe'ekeo Onomea Drive was just an incredible twisty road with a crown of trees that accompanied our journey for a while. Slow down and enjoy, remember, always drive with Aloha.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mariabella777
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I have NEVER seen the botanical gardens' parking lot full let alone overflowing. It was amazing and really great to see. Onomea Bay is still a great sight and the drive is so peaceful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Neka B
Reviewed 12 January 2019

A narrow road full of tropical foliage. Very close to the tropical gardens is a pull off (ocean side) and you can take a short hike down to Onomea bay.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 4 January 2019

This was very colorful and scenic - just like what Old Hawaii may have been like. This is fun and quaint.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank W6415LRpaulk
Reviewed 25 December 2018 via mobile

I have had the pleasure of traveling this road many times. It always amazes me to it beauty. And the views of the shores are to say the least breathtaking.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Joan P
19 September 2018|
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Response from Edward B |
Assuming you are referring to the docking of a cruise ship and further that the cruise ship docks in Hilo, that would be the only logical place to rent a car. From there it is not far to the scenic drive. Maybe 20 minutes.
31 August 2018|
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Response from 5280CO | Reviewed this property |
We had no problem driving from Hilo to Pepeeko - separate senic road, only problems driving on the whole island (we did the full circle) was around Lalani Estates, police barracaide there - where fissure 8 is. You can get... More
29 March 2015|
Response from tonypzo |
The scenic drive (public road) and hike from the lookout are both free.