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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“speed limit” (95 reviews)
Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-935-6268
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Reviewed today

Don't believe the old guidebooks, maps, or old postings. The Saddleback is built up to a full fledged highway that is well marked and has multiple lanes with reflective markers for rainy night driving. This route takes you across the Big Island much faster than...More

Thank 898kentl
Reviewed today

This road used to be scary as hell but t it has been widened and resurfaced so it is a great way to get from Kona to Hilo and see the volcano cones along the way. Not completely done being reconstructed the closer you get...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Saddle Road passes between the largest mountains on the big Island. Mauna Loa on one side, Mauna Kea on the other. As you travel you will see many small calderas, long since silent. It's a beautiful ride through the heart of the Big Island.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 3 days ago

I remember this road as being a real mission to negotiate. Huge thumbs up to the road builders for turning it into a safe and pleasurable drive. The scenery is fantastic and well worth doing.

Thank genieNZ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's really rainy and foggy at night. Limited visibility makes for a white knuckle night drive. Rather try during the day.

1  Thank Schmoopette
Reviewed 3 days ago

Saddle Road crosses the Big Island from the Kona side to Hilo, saving lots of time if you are going from one side to the other. There is a campground with cabins - haven't stayed there but we have stopped to use the facilities The...More

Thank Pat3510
Reviewed 4 days ago

Driving from Hilo to Kona or Kona to Hilo between the two mountains Mauna Loa and Manua Kea. It's a long drive with nothing to do except look out the window. There is Mauna Kea park with a large play structure and bathrooms near the...More

Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was incredible to cross the island, from Kona to Hilo, on such a well maintained road. The drive allows you to experience all the different ecosystems, climates, and natural features of the island, and really showcases the lava rock landscape.

Thank Janelle E
Reviewed 5 days ago

While I love that they made a road that cuts across the volcano so we do not have to circle the island to get to Hilo from Kona, I do not love the very hilly conditions as well as the fog that comes across Saddle...More

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 6 days ago

While visiting the Big Island, we had the opportunity to utilize the Saddle Road on three occasions---what a fabulous road! Yes, you can possibly go from tropical heat to misty rain to almost blizzard conditions, but, What an Adventure! Keep your cameras ready---on clear days,...More

Thank Ragski49
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Ok so most current reviews favor this road as the fastest way to get from Kona to Hilo. We are flying into KOA sometime in July arriving at 1PM & plan to drive to Hilo upon our arrival. I don't mind driving, I don't mind windy roads, but I am a chicken when it comes to driving next to steep cliffs or roads with no guardrail. Actually guardrails doesn't really help w my phobia. With that said, I saw some mention of that on the reviews. Can someone please tell me if this is so? I live in California and avoid driving to Big Bear because I swear I'm gonna die each time...not from falling, but from anxiety. Is it scary to drive???
16 May 2017|
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Response from Peter M | Reviewed this property |
Drove from the Kohala Coast to Hilo on the Saddle Road last month & it was an easy 90 minute drive without any of cliffs or windy sections. This is coming from someone not used to driving on the right hand side of the road... More
Chin T
is saddle rd safe to drive
14 January 2017|
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Response from Suzy S | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's just very bumpy
Amy B
How long did it take you to get across the island on the new road? We are staying in Kona, but wanting to go across to Hilo. Old routes either up thru Waimea (sp? ) or down south show 1.5-1.75 hrs each way. Thanks for info!
10 October 2016|
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Response from darthdes | Reviewed this property |
It's a smooth shot from Kona into Hilo. About 60 minutes if you speed, around 75 minutes depending on traffic along a very smooth new highway. There is a rest stop along the way on the north side of the road at a state Park... More