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6 days on the Big Island

by JJfromNJ Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Just trying to plan for the Big Island and it's a bit daunting to me. We're looking to spend 2 days in Kona diving and probably going to Kealakekua Bay. This gives us 3 1/2 days to drive around. Top priority is driving Saddle Road and to the Mauna Kea summit. However today the road is closed due to icy conditions. Is it likely for the road to be closed during most days in the winter or will we have a chance to do it?

We also want to drive down the Chain of Craters Rd in Volcanoes NP. After that, we're looking for suggestions on what else to do. We enjoy hiking and scenery. We'll probably see Akaka Falls. Maybe we'll hike in Waipio Valley or Pololu Valley (or both?).

Or will 3 1/2 days be enough to only do Saddle Road and Volcanoes?

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    Re: 6 days on the Big Island

    by Roadquill Online Now Feb 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    You may not be able to do the Volcano road. oftentimes the fumes spewing from the volcanos are severly detrimental to a humans health and sometimes the road is closed from the Kona side. There are many areas to explore in and around Kona. But also consider a long day trip to Hilo. Also, the very North end of the Island has some nice walks, and small towns to visit. We rented sea kayaks and paddled across the bay to the Captain Cook monument and snorkeled there. It was great swimming and a better than expected workout on the sea kayak. Karl

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  • Re: 6 days on the Big Island

    by pyj1 Online Now Mar 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Kayak to Captain Cook is a must-do,
    Walk to Green beach is also pretty fun, and then have fun and chill at this special beach

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