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“saddle road” (19 reviews)
Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive across the Saddle Road from Kona on the west side takes a couple of hours. Considerably shorter journey from the Hilo area. The road off the Saddle Road up to the Visitor Centre is relatively easy, but only 4 x 4's are allowed...More

Thank HUFCBlaydon-UK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off of Saddle Road is the Mauna Kea volcano mountain. Easy drive but watch for police cars (unmarked with a small blue light or none) on Saddle Road. There is a Visitors Center minutes from the Saddle Road entrance at 9200 foot elevation. Stop at...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the summit at Mauna Kea. A 4x4 is a must, however its really only needed to help with the sheer steepness of the mountain itself, the roads are quite fine. Its a...More

Thank Karaleeandliam
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Short drive up to visitors center. Need 4 wheel drive and full tank of gas. Wife got altitude sick so we did not go to top. Bring coats/hat lots of water

Thank Christophe C
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Mauna Kea offers a wonderful view at the summit, but I wouldn't call it breathtaking. It's quite a while to get there and you need a 4x4 car to get there plus some time. If you want to do it I'd recommend one of the...More

1  Thank Mitchell M
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We came to see the stars but were lucky to catch the sunset. It's just a magical place to go star gazing. It does get cold so make sure you bundle up with hat, mittens and a jacket. The park rangers are funny and informative...More

Thank Cuong L
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We made it to the visitor center, not the summit. It rained like crazy the whole drive up saddle road but as we climbed to the top, the rain disappeared. We saw a beautiful sunset on the way up. You can not see it at...More

1  Thank PittsburghBambi
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Mauna Kea is visitor centre is located on 2800m above sea level, 1 hours driving from Kona city. From there, visitors can learn more before heading to the peak 4200m if wishes to do so. At this level, you can hike slightly higher on the...More

Thank mingxiu
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I have never seen the stars as close and wonderful than on Mouna Kea late at night all alone from the regular street. I didn't make it to the top because the weather wad very cloudy the secons time I went. I loved tge stars.

Thank Katrina65123
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

On a whim, we decided to drive up to the parking lot and store towards the summit of Mauna Kea after a full day around the island. We were in absolute awe of the amount of stars in the sky. It was truly an amazing...More

1  Thank runningtheglobe
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Kris J
Planning some trips from Honolulu, and would like to visit the observatories and see some lava flows. Where would be the best airport to land, and where would be the best area to stay/book hotel in terms of proximity to both?
10 August 2016|
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Response from 795stephie | Reviewed this property |
We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More