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  • 80%
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  • 69%
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  • 69%
    Local Culture
  • 61%
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  • 61%
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  • Onomea Bay
    Brandi N
    4 Oct 11, 2013

    The "scenic drive" isn't really as scenic as you might imagine, but if you park there's a nice walk right near the botanical gardens.

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  • Onomea Bay Pro 2014
    Andrea L
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    This beautiful secluded bay can be reached by walking down the "Donkey Trail". Approximately 8 1/2 miles north of Hilo, it can be accessed by taking the 4 mile "Scenic Route" (you'll see a sign on Hwy 19). This scenic route is great, so take your time. The road is a bit narrow, so drive cautiously as you enjoy the scenery.

    At the end of the trail, you will reach Onomea Bay. I have heard that this was one of the first areas ships could land in this area. The water seems a bit rough here (with lots of rocks), so I wouldn't suggest swimming, but it is a scenic area with lots of photo opportunities. As usual, when walking in rainy Hilo, be cautious of potentially slippery mud and moss, especially if it has been raining.

    Parking: roadside
    Cost: No fee
    Suggestion: Only visit during daylight hours (so you can see!)

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    4 Feb 05, 2014

    One of many beautiful natural attractions to enjoy on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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    Mike Rose
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    5 Dec 03, 2013

    Gorgeous views! This is an off the radar type of place. You have to take the scenic drive to get there. It's just before the botanical gardens if you're heading north. If your not paying attention, you'll miss it. Walk down the steep hiking/driving path and follow it all the way down. Gorgeous views all the way.

    You can also get there via the botanical gardens but that'll cost ya.

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    Joanie L
    5 Jun 22, 2013

    On the scenic 4-mile drive about 5 miles north of Hilo. The road winds around through the area of Onomea Bay and the botanical gardens.

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    Anna D
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    My family and I stumbled upon Onomea Bay taking the scenic way back to Hilo from Akaka falls. It was an amazing bay to stumble upon! The waves crash in a majestic succession.

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  • Onomea Bay
    Nam Nguyen
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    While on the Hamakua Coast, we stopped to the lookout point of Onomea Bay to take in the gorgeous views of the cliffs and water. Parking is done at the side of the road and be sure to be careful when crossing as the road bends.

    From the view you can see the collapsed Onomea Arch and breathtaking views. I'm told there is a pretty fun donkey trail and botannical garden though we didn't take advantage of it as we were in a bit of a hurry.

    Nonetheless, a must stop while in the area---and don't forget your camera!!

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    4 Jul 23, 2013
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    Shan C
    5 Jun 10, 2013

    Hawaiian tropical botanical gardens is excellent

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    Fern N
    5 May 11, 2013

    The scenic drive north of Hilo is tropical and coastal.

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4.5 out of 5
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