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planning to explore Big Island/Maui but we don't drive

planning to explore Big Island/Maui but we don't drive

Old Mar 5th, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Here too:

https://www.arnottslodge.com/information.html#tour
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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Don't even consider staying at Uncle Billys. Lots of unsavory people there doing bad things. Based on that, I wouldn't chose their trips.

Arnott's is in Hilo, based out of their hostel. They might not be picking people up in Kona hotels.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 04:40 AM
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DebitNM, thanks for the links you suggested.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 06:43 AM
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I didn't mean to stay at Uncle Billy's! I was referring to the tour page. Sorry for the confusion. The trips aren't done by Uncle Billys.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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And, if you don't want to book everything in advance, after you've landed at the airport (having booked your centrally located hotel, of course!) pick up all the little books full of tourist info and coupons available at the luggage claims (Big Island Today, etc.). You will be able to see all of the activities, pick up/drop off options, and there are MANY of them. We were also able to get price reductions here and there just by phoning and asking (times are tough everywhere, and people are vying for your money).
Relax and enjoy the fabulous Big Island (bet the 19 yr old hones in on ATV tours and Manta Ray night snorkel)!
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 07:38 AM
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oops, Big Island weekly, not daily; here's another one
http://www.spotlighthawaii.com/bigislegold/index.asp
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 09:38 AM
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<We have discussed doing 4 nights in Big Island and 3 nights in Maui and would just take the taxis>

That's simply not always going to be feasible. Some of the things you're considering especially on BI would be several hours drive!

On Maui without a car I strongly suggest basing yourself in the town of Lahaina. It's a cute town with lots to see and do, even many things you can do on foot, right there. You can definitely get a tour to go up Haleakala (my personal highlight on Maui). And could do the Old Lahaina Luau easily enough.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 09:50 AM
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There are limo companies where you can hire a car and driver for several hours, half a day, or the whole day - though this option will be pretty costly. The benefit is that you can dictate where you want to go and how long you want to spend at each place.

If you are not able to find a tour that offers enough time at each point to satisfy your son, you might consider this option.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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I would not do 4 nights on The Big Island and 3 on Maui. That's too short for either of those.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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Another non-driver here. Thank you for info, everyone - bookmarking the thread for now, later I will start my own when we decide which island(s) in addition to Oahu/Waikiki.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 02:16 AM
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Hi Sylvia3. That's a useful tip re: tourist info brochures w/coupons however, isn't it a busy month on June? Do you think 4 nights in Big Island is enough? Our 2 main activities for now are Volcano Twilight or Lava Tour by boat if available and Mauna Kea Summit and Stars. But we might add more later on.

Thanks again.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 02:42 AM
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Chepar, thanks but not advisable for both of us.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 02:42 AM
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Placename, yes, we are rethinking re the number of days
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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Forget the Lava Boat idea. They are not license or insured. There is no lava entry into the ocean at this time. Don't waste your time even thinking about it.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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First, "busy" is relative, these days.
As several have told you, the lava is not flowing right now, so don't bother with a boat (very rough ride). And, the place the boats leave from is a long drive from anywhere (unless you're staying south in the Kapoho area and have a car).
And, I know many disagree, but IMO the 4wd up the summit to star gaze is overrated, and very expensive (and cold!) They keep the lights low on the island, so you can just look up at night if you want to see them. (Facetious, please don't flame me.)

There are many tours that will take you to see the volcano, including a walk through Thurston Lava Tube cave (a very cool, yet easy thing), viewing the crater, etc.
There are wonderful snorkeling tours by boat, including night ones.
p.s. If you do Maui and Haleakala, might I recommend a sunset instead sunrise tour? Done both many times, and NEVER enjoyed the sunrise one; frigid, cloudy, ho hum. But the sunset...and watching the stars come out; wow.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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If viewing the volcano is your single desire for the Big Island, it CAN be done as a day tour from Oahu. Maybe that would smooth out your plans?
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Another great excursion is a snorkel cruise to Kealakakua Bay, which is a marine reserve with beautifully clear water. You could taxi to Keauhou Bay to take a cruise on the Fairwind. They have a full morning cruise with lunch or a shorter afternoon cruise. They proviide your gear and teach you how if you are a newcomer. Look them up on the Internet and if you want to go, reserve ahead, as they are very popular. There's also cruises on Zodiac boats with the Body Glove which go out along the Kona coast and sometimes stop and let you swim with wild dolphins.

Snorkeling in Kona is best at Kahalu'u Beach Park. Very popular. There is a bus that runs along the shore in Kona but I don't know what the schedule is. Not very frequent, though. A taxi would be more useful.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Please don't do the boats that chase and harass the wild dolphins.

They are in the bay to sleep and rest, where it is safe from sharks for them. Please leave the dolphins alone.

How would you like a boat buzzing around outside your hotel room while you are trying to sleep?
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 04:51 PM
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The boats that enter the bays in question are supposed to stay away from the dolphins. (And we were told when we saw them, on a couple of different trips, that we should keep our distance; so I believe that the licensed tours are pretty responsible.)
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Old Mar 8th, 2012, 01:59 AM
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Thanks for the inputs. Btw, can anybody suggest a good hotel in kihei? Wailea is real expensive.
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