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Saddle Road
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Owner description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Depending if you start from Kona on the West side of the Island or Hilo on the East side of the Island, you will experience a different road experience. East bound traffic will find the road narrows as you drive further East, there are numerous curves and rough stretches until you get by the Army base. Down the East side there have been great improvements to the road.
One of the most important things to remember is to make sure you have plenty of gas as there are no gas stations on the road.
Make sure your car rental contract does not exclude driving on the Saddle Road. In the past there was an exclusion if you drove the road. I believe now most car rentals have removed the exclusion.
The scenery changes from a dry volcanic field of grass on the West side to dense tropical vegetation on the the West slope.
The big treat is the close up views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, assuming the low clouds are not obstructing your view.
If you have the opportunity to drive both ways, I think you will find each drive very different.

2  Thank nsoldgoat
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I love landscapes, and this one is amazing. You can see Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea at the same time. there are also several small volcanic cones.

Thank David R
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Well maintained road that connects Kona and Hilo - scenery changes from volcanic grass fields to cold rolling hills and cinder cones where you drive in the clouds and back down into thick jungle vegetation and palm trees. Well worth it - and plus it's the fastest way across the island!

2  Thank Samuel E
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

When talking to people prior to our visit in May we were warned this was a poor road and to take extreme care in travelling it. We were pleasantly surprised to find a wide modern road. This allowed us all to enjoy the trip and views as we travelled. Be warned however the speed is monitored by the police we saw several and they each had someone pulled over writing citations.

3  Thank Doug H
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Recently ventured onto Saddle road once again while on the Big Island. While I was surprised to learn that a new road opened last fall, which is a nice big highway for the most part, it kind of takes away from the adventure Saddle road once had with all those steep hills. However I understand the old entrance from the kona side is still there if you want that little adventure. Nevertheless, it's still one of the most amazing drives you'll ever take!! Beautiful terrain, and as my previous post says...very psychedelic! Love Saddle road!

2  Thank travels4jen
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