A group of us are staying in Kona from October. 16- 26. We are looking to do helicopter tour and looking for best bang for buck. Any help much appreciated.
Is Tropicaltravel.net reliable in terms of customer service?
are there any places to do a manta ray snorkel without involving a tour company?
If so, what does one bring to such event? Underwater flashlight? Is a camera with flash ok?
I'm an experienced day time snorkeler but have no clue what to bring to this party and expect so your advice and tiips would be appreciated.
My wife and me want to spend a week in Hawaii during the second half of february. We like to move around, but not to walk long time (we are around 70 y.o.) or to sunbath in a beach.
Please, which are the more interesting places to visit during a week?. Which is the best way to go around? Do you advice some local address to organize this trip?
Thanks a lot for your advice!!!
Dr. Romà Massot, Barcelona
This will be our first trip to the Big Island. We do not enjoy typical tourist things, prefer to shop at farmer's and fish markets where the locals go. Prefer outdoor activities like botanical gardens and natural attractions, serious historical places of all kinds, and learning the real local cuisine and cooking. Suggestions?
what are the best months of the year to visit Hawaii?
When we were at the Big Island
years ago... the terrain was very
different. A lot more lava fields
All around. When we went this year
The lava was broke up and scrub plants
Growing there. When it was solid lava
it was prettier and people used white
Rocks to write messages or make designs.
I was looking forward to seeing this
And was wondering if this breaking up the
lava and plants happened naturally
Or if it's sometime they did to accelerate
The ground being usable???
Ok looking for some places with great food. .. I don't like ground meat ... no hamburger ..ground turkey. Sausage ect. My husband doesn't like sushi .
any suggestions?? and tips on where to park the car and enter the water???? plus is it a safe place to park the car .. any charge for parking or admission charges???
Have been looking at three different zip line tours: Umauma near Hilo and Kohala and Akaka near Kona. Looking for anyone who has experience at any or all of these whwo could provide a recommendation. Trying to select the one that is the most exciting and scenic.
I understand there is one boat company approved to take you as near as possible to view lava flowing into ocean. What is the name of the company and information on the cost of the tour?
Hi we are traveling to Kailua kona area in a few weeks and wanted a recommendation for a romantic restaurant on the beach. Thanks
We will be staying in a resort near Waikoloa Village during the March 20 - April 5th, 2015 time frame. According to literature, this is near the end of the whale siting season. Would you think we should forgo any whale excursions and concentrate on other activities? I am concerned that it may not be a good investment at that time of year. THanks
We (I and my wife) are visiting Hawaii in November. We are visiting Oahu and Maui before going to Big Island. We will be in Big Island for almost 3.5 days. We will reach Big Island on Thursday evening around 4:45pm at Kona Aiport, and will be leaving from Hilo Aiport on Sunday around 8:30 PM. This is our first trip to Big Island. We know it is very short duration, to cover the entire island but we wish to cover as much as possible.
We have found the following things which can be visited, although we may not be able to cover everything. We would like to know what will be the best itinerary we can have for these 3 days/3 nights.
Places near Kona
1. Kailua-Kona (Historic Kailua Village)
2. Keauhou Bay
3. Hulihee Palace
4. Puunhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park
5. Kohala Coast
Things to do on the way from Kona to Hilo
1. Puukohola Neiau National Historic site
3. Pololu Valley Lookout
Places near Hilo:
1. Volcano National Park
2. Akaka Falls State Park
3. Hamakua Heritage Corridor
4. Hilo downtown
Our plan is to do the things near Kona on Thursday evening and Friday entire day. We will stay in Kona on Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday leave Kona to go to Hilo and do the things on the way and stay at night in Hilo/ near Volcano. Sunday visit the volcano and places near Hilo and leave on Sunday evening from Hilo Airport.
We might not be able to cover all the places mentioned above. Also, not sure if there are any other places which should be visited, if so we might skip some of the places we mentioned and go to those. We are from California, so we don't really care about spending too much time on beach.
We would like to know if what we are planning can be done, and also what are good places to stay in each area, and whether we should stay in Hilo or near Volcano.
We have also read about various tours, should we take tours or just rent a car and go around the places we want to go?
Is there a bus service on the Big Island. If so how does on find out routes,rates and frequency of service?
Is there any type of shuttle service or bus that goes from the Volcano House Hotel or the park to the airport in Kona? If so, how do I find out it's schedule?
Where is the best place to go?
Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii in December. Any recommendations? Which islands are best? Best restaurants? Best hotels? Best beaches? Things to do?
I plan 3 days in the Kona area (before flying back to europe).
Which part of the Kona area are best to stay, knowing that I am a solo traveller, do not like resorts and malls, but would like to experience a cosy atmosphere with small reataurants and bars?
Thanks for your advice!
Is there a restaurant on the Big island similar to Mama's fish house (on Maui)? I'm looking for good ambience & food. Kona side preferred.
Is VolcanoHouse still a good place to stay? Anyone stayed there and had thoughts as to whether the added cost is worthwile? Thanks for the help.
I am going to either Hilo or Kona next month for a week to eight days and will be renting a car while there. The purpose of my trip is to take in all that I can and also since I am considering moving there I will also looking at apartments.
How is the island for getting around in a series of day trips using either Hilo or Kona as the base?
I am visiting here in May to explore the possibility of living there permanently for a few years. I know there is more rain on this side of the island and it is windier also danger of tsunamis. From my research I believe that the rain is mainly in the late night hours and early morning. Is this mostly true? I know apartment rentals are also less pricey than the western side. I would appreciate any and all input, thoughts and ideas. I will also be checking out the western side.
I'm wondering if I"m able to fit all of this in, in one day. I'll be staying in Kona but would like to drive the Hamakua Coast, 4 mile scenic route and see Akaka Falls. I also would like to see Hiilawe Falls and Waipi'o Valley. Last stop would be Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Black Sand Beach. I know it's 2 hr drive from Kona to Hilo. Any information would be great.
I (37 years old, single traveler) will be traveling to Hilo in May. I am looking for a nice budget (no hostel) place to stay.
Can anyone recommend me?
Where may I buy Hawaiian fabric to make a quilt (on the Big Island)?
Hello. We will be on the Big Island during Christmas week. We are planning to take a tour to Mauna Kea. Can you suggest a good tour company we should use? Paradise Safaris Inc. seems to have good reviews but we would like to hear your experience.
I'm looking for advice as to whether to stay near Kailua-Kona or if I want to go north a bit to Waikoloa instead of Kailua-Kona. Wiakoloa was only recommended Nov-Dec in the Lonely Planet guide and I have no idea why. It seems like Waikoloa has more white sand beach/resorts in that area, so it seemed nice.
I'm planning on going a week in either June, July, or August. And spending 4 days on NW side Kona area, and 4 days in SE Hilo area near Volcano or Pohoa near the shore. Last trip to Hawaii, my family went to Maui and we really liked the Kaanapali area. But we didn't like Kihei as it was hotter. My family members are unfortunately allergic to the sun (not kidding) and broke out in bad skin rashes in Kihei from the heat. So I'm trying to find a spot that is beautiful, hopefully ocean views, but where heat won't be a problem.
Any advice you can give is great. At least Volcano, HI should be cool because of the elevation!
We are going to Hawaii in Jan 2014 for 11 days. Just wondering what is the best things to See & Do?
We would like to go & see the usual attractions, We are just wondering who is the best tour company to do this with?
Is the Go Oahu Card worth purchasing ?
Also we want to go over to the Big Island & see the Volcano Park & hopefully Lava flowing in a day trip ...Thoughts ?
Thanking you in advance for your response
Helen & Tracey
My wife fell when we were in Kailua Kona and cut her self (more like a puncture) on lava rock and it is quite infected any suggestions besides neosporene