Saddle Road
Saddle Road
4.5
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  • ticoalra
    Jefferson, Maryland319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    We used Saddle Road to transition from the Kona area to the Hilo area. The views were spectacular and really showcased the diversity of the island. We lucked out and had a really clear drive for half the way and then it clouded up. To be able to see Mauna Kea on one side and Mauna Loa on the other was awesome.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, Washington3,196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful highway
    Who would have thought that I would be rating a road as a thing to see and do. And not only that, but giving it 5 stars. First of all, the road is in great shape. It is smooth and wide. It has passing lanes going up hill and you will be going uphill, from sea level to 5,000 feet or so in the "saddle" between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. If you have time, take the road up to Mauna Kea. It had some great views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • warrenbruin
    Tehachapi, California117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick commute from the West Island to Hilo
    Every time I vacation in Hawaii I am reminded of how well maintained the roads are here on the Big Island. The Saddle Road is no exception. It’s a smooth ride and as long as I don’t get behind a Pillsbury Slow Boy I am totally relaxed to and from Hilo. Make sure your phone is hooked into your entertainment system because the radio signal is weak and will frustrate you if you like listening to music during your drive. Less than an hour and a half from Waikoloa to Hilo is a time bargain in my book.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • maryjaymej
    Juneau, Alaska12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Great Goats” this is a Road to Behold!
    Most of this Road is nicely and newly paved. If you’re lucky enough on the day you travel it, you’ll get to experience every weather occurrence with the exception of snow and ice. We had fog, light rain, pounding pouring rain, mist, clouds, and hellfire bright sun going towards Waikaloa around sunset. Be careful as this is a goat slalom course on many turns and with the rain they all run out to the road to try to drink fresh water. Some of them seemed very determined to sacrifice themselves to end their miserable existence….poor things… we brake checked that rental car good quite a few times…. Luckily none became hood ornaments and we’ll keep our insurance rates low….I’d recommend trying to stay within the speed limit, although it’s tempting to cannonball run this stuff only due to the constantly changing conditions and wildlife. I’d also suggest traveling it in lighted conditions, as it seemed as if the goats got bigger and bolder as the sunset… full Billy Goat Beards and Horns on a few…we traveled it 2 times during our stay. Middle afternoon was better than racing the dark to get back! Enjoy and best of luck to you all.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
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vikalp m
Chicago, IL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Crazy road trip experience. Multitude of landscapes along the way. Breathtaking experience!!

I went to Akaka Falls from Kona using this road and was taken away by the the shear natural beauty present along the road.
Written 14 January 2024
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Mike P
Anchorage, AK1,775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a great shortcut from Hilo to Kona. It is very scenic, as it takes you from the eastern side to the western side of the island. You will travel through different environs, as well as have the opportunity to see the feral sheep and goats.
Written 22 November 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The views of the fissures and the red flowers along the route are nice. You will probably be taking the road anyways if you are going between Kona and Hilo.

There are no gas stations along the road, so you may want to gas up before venturing out here

The road is wide, well paved and safe. Traffic is light.
Written 14 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

maryjaymej
Juneau, AK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Most of this Road is nicely and newly paved. If you’re lucky enough on the day you travel it, you’ll get to experience every weather occurrence with the exception of snow and ice. We had fog, light rain, pounding pouring rain, mist, clouds, and hellfire bright sun going towards Waikaloa around sunset. Be careful as this is a goat slalom course on many turns and with the rain they all run out to the road to try to drink fresh water. Some of them seemed very determined to sacrifice themselves to end their miserable existence….poor things… we brake checked that rental car good quite a few times…. Luckily none became hood ornaments and we’ll keep our insurance rates low….I’d recommend trying to stay within the speed limit, although it’s tempting to cannonball run this stuff only due to the constantly changing conditions and wildlife. I’d also suggest traveling it in lighted conditions, as it seemed as if the goats got bigger and bolder as the sunset… full Billy Goat Beards and Horns on a few…we traveled it 2 times during our stay. Middle afternoon was better than racing the dark to get back! Enjoy and best of luck to you all.
Written 20 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

warrenbruin
Tehachapi, CA117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Every time I vacation in Hawaii I am reminded of how well maintained the roads are here on the Big Island. The Saddle Road is no exception. It’s a smooth ride and as long as I don’t get behind a Pillsbury Slow Boy I am totally relaxed to and from Hilo. Make sure your phone is hooked into your entertainment system because the radio signal is weak and will frustrate you if you like listening to music during your drive. Less than an hour and a half from Waikoloa to Hilo is a time bargain in my book.
Written 3 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Who would have thought that I would be rating a road as a thing to see and do. And not only that, but giving it 5 stars.

First of all, the road is in great shape. It is smooth and wide. It has passing lanes going up hill and you will be going uphill, from sea level to 5,000 feet or so in the "saddle" between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. If you have time, take the road up to Mauna Kea. It had some great views.
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NSY
156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Drove the Saddle road from Kona to Hilo and stopped at many points of interest. Just amazing to see the topography of island and what lava flows did to it!
Written 3 August 2023
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Joni M F
Florida920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The views along this road range from lush tropical to high desert. It is the only road to reach the Mauna Kea Visitor Center. It is a shortcut from the southern road to reach the eastern coast.
Written 1 August 2023
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ticoalra
Jefferson, MD319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We used Saddle Road to transition from the Kona area to the Hilo area. The views were spectacular and really showcased the diversity of the island. We lucked out and had a really clear drive for half the way and then it clouded up. To be able to see Mauna Kea on one side and Mauna Loa on the other was awesome.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AvaTennessee1
Alabama253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
It’s easy to drive, had minimal traffic, with a nice view of the Hawaii landscape. It was a peaceful drive. It was nice and pleasant!
Written 30 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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