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Accommodations and car rental help - Big Island

Accommodations and car rental help - Big Island

Sep 30th, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Accommodations and car rental help - Big Island

hi guys...
I'm planning to visit Big Island from Oct 26th to Nov 1st with a couple of family members. I needed some guidance / help reg the foll

1. Accommodations - We're looking to stay at a place where we can cook our own food since we're vegetarian . We'd ideally want to stay at the volcano village, hilo and kona for 2 days each. Pls suggest budget accomodation options (we just need a place to sleep and cook food). I heard that 1br / studio condos might be the best option. pls suggest specific locations (if you know any).

2. Rental Car - Would a compact / mid-size suffice (since we're only 3 ppl) or do I need to rent a SUV (based on the road conditions)? We intend to travel and explore most of "must-see" places on the island (we're not into water-based activities). Also, If I pick-up a car at the hilo airport, and return it at kona airport, will be charged the one-way rental fees??

thanks for reading this long post.
vindox is offline  
Sep 30th, 2007, 08:50 PM
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You don't need an SUV unless you want to pay for a larger car, or you have an unusual amount of luggage.

Ask the rental companies about their fees. www.kayak.com
Oct 1st, 2007, 10:43 AM
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I would split the days into 3 on Kona side and 3 on Hilo side. Hilo is only about 45 minutes from Volcano so I would not do 2 days in each. Another possibility is Kapoho in Puna--about 45 minutes from Hilo/ 1 hour from Volcano. http://www.apoparadise.com/ see if the cottage is available. It's pretty inexpensive. And here's another site with places to stay under $100 on the east/Hilo side. http://www.hpvacationrentals.com/55_to_75.html
If you can, check out the farmers market in Hilo on Saturday. Fabulous fresh vegies among other things.
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Oct 1st, 2007, 09:50 PM
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thanks for the recommendations. Any economical condos in the Kona area?
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 05:19 AM
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We always stay in south Kona--don't like the crowds etc in Kailua. I have a couple of websites for south Kona. The first is a really inexpensive hotel--Manago Hotel-http://www.managohotel.com/. Of course, you would not have a kitchen but there are inexpensive places to eat in the area. The second website is http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/accom/bivkons.htm We have stayed at the Middle Ke'ei Studio--but she will allow only 2 people to stay. There are other cotttages etc on the site that allow more people, have cooking facilities and are under $100/night.
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