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“The best way to get across the island”
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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 23 July 2014

Anyone that says that there's anything at all daunting about Saddle Road must not have driven it recently. We decided to take Saddle Road from Mauna Lani Bay to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and are very glad we did. Not only does it offer good views of the island, but it's a short, easy drive. We went around the southern end of the island on the way back and wished we had just taken Saddle Road back.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Took this road yesterday....by mistake actually and it turned out to be a great mistake. It was fine...no issues and it was a beautiful drive. Got caught in some heavy downpour....
Road was fine. Route 37 in British Columbia is 100 times worse than this. Worth the drive. Take the time to see the sights....get off the highways....well worth it!

2  Thank Mainah65
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

The rental car companies used to forbid renters froim driving on Saddle Road. I don't know if that's true anymore. It can be VERY foggy (like you can't see anything) at the summit. But it's not particularly windy. No services (i.e. no gas) and if your car breaks down on the road, you'll pay a fortune to be towed.

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

This road has been repaved and has reflectors. It hasbeen names 200 and also after a senator. Confusing but in Perfrct driving condition.

Thank Kim_AJ_C
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so riding as a passenger on the Saddle Road was a blast. Watching the road simply disappear as the highway hugged the contours of the earth, dropping as it turns the corner was fun! There are lots of dips that make your tummy drop (my favorite thing!).

My boyfriend's experience as the driver was not so exciting. He was in a cold sweat traversing Saddle Road. Although his speed was well within posted limits, he struggled with the sharp turns and dips, and the "disappearing road trick" was definitely not his favorite part of our trip to Hawaii.

I certainly recommend one trip along Saddle Road if you're staying on the Big Island for more than a few days. The terrain and scenery along the road runs from tropical to desert and is very interesting.

One point to consider, however...some car rental companies do not cover accidents, or vehicle damage if you drive Saddle Road - so check before you rent if you want to make Saddle Road part of your Hawaii experience!

1  Thank Kirstan O
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