The Saddle Road, Hawaii (Big Island)

4.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews

Don't miss these tickets and tour deals!
Get best The Saddle Road rates on Viator
  • The Saddle Road
    by chattygirl7491
  • The Saddle Road
    by chattygirl7491
  • The Saddle Road
    by chattygirl7491

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • chattygirl7491's Profile Photo

    Yeahhh they fixed this road

    by chattygirl7491 Written Jul 19, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Saddle road is the shortest way across the island but the last time we visited it wasn't paved and the insurance companies forbid using it or you would pay big if you broke down. We used it anyway but it was very rough and miserable so we are very happy they paved it. We'd already done the volcano park but went across the island for the water falls and botanical garden. But he road itself had interesting things to see ... we saw large herds of sheep and goats, wild turkeys, rainbows, lovely landscape.

    Expect temp changes and rain as you go across but that doesn't mean it will be raining on the other side.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Assenczo's Profile Photo

    Green Island

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 30, 2013

    The plain between the two highest peaks of Hawaii is a bizarre landscape filled with lava flows and volcanic cones. While most of them are into the lifeless range of ochre to brown there is one exception full of green. At close look it reveals dense vegetation on its three sides petering away towards the northwest. The microclimate of this tiny fertile planet surrounded by a barren universe is so incredible that it is worth the stop on the way to Mauna Kea summit or after its successful descent. Favourite occupation during the visit could be some bird watching, including strenuous search for the elusive red native bird of Hawaii or just plain enjoyment of the “countryside” through the veil of twisted trees.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • syrin's Profile Photo

    Saddle Road To Mauna Kea

    by syrin Updated Nov 20, 2008

    We took saddle road on our trip to Mauna Kea. We left from the kona side & the road was really rugged and unmaintained however I live in Nevada and we have many roads like that. You do not need a 4x4 to drive it like alot of websites said. Part of saddle road is a one lane only so you need to becareful.

    Even thouh we only made it to the visitors center for Mauna Kea because our car would not make it up the hill to the observatory it was still a beutiful site especially the view of Mauna Loa which had very unique colors. Mauna Kea is Hawaii's tallest volcano. It had very interesting scenery the whole drive. Once you actually get so far the whole thing is paved from there on out which is right before the turn off to go to Mauna Kea. It was rather chilli at the visitors center so I would sugges to take a coat. Another thing about Mauna Kea is it can get below zero so befor going up top check in with the visitors center for weather conditions.

    View Of Mauna Loa From Saddle Road Big Island, HI Rolling Hills On Saddle Road Big Island, HI Old Lava Flow On Side Of Saddle Road Big Island HI Mauna Loa Big Island HI
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Hawaii (Big Island)

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

25 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near The Saddle Road
4.0 out of 5 stars
10.2 miles away
Show Prices
2.0 out of 5 stars
11.4 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
14.4 miles away
Show Prices

View all Hawaii (Big Island) hotels