reas. priced hotel nr Volcano Natl. Park

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Jan 28th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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reas. priced hotel nr Volcano Natl. Park

We are going to be on the BI for 3 days only, so was thinking maybe 2 nights in Hilo area to do volcano and one in Kona. (or should we do opposite??) Who has had experience in staying in the Volcano Natl. park? I was told that this is the only way to see the volcano at night time, as they close the gates and you can't get in. We were planning to stay at a condo in Hilo, but is this a mistake? There are 4 of us (2 couples) BTW, thanks for the info on the planes/meals!
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Jan 28th, 2008, 05:46 PM
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We didn't try this because the lava wasn't following to the ocean when we were there. It was still worth the trip however to see the (solidified) lava.

You might want to monitor this website.

http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm


We said in Hilo and visited the volcanoes during the day and had a great time.

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Jan 29th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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At the present time, the only way you can see the lava flowing is to take a helicopter or airplane tour. Of course, that could change-mahoneycutt suggestion is a good one, monitor the website.

Three days on the BI will allow you to get only a taste of what it has to offer. That said, if you want sun and beaches, Kona is where you should spend your time. I love Hilo--very laid back, very lush--because it rains more there than in Kona. So if rain showers and a charming town are what you want, stay in Hilo.

It is possible to do a day trip to VNP from Kona. It is a long day but people do it and since you will not be able to walk out to the lava flow, you might consider doing that--so you don't have to pack up and move during your 3 days there.
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Jan 29th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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thanks to both of you for the good info and the good website link. Mahalo!
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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:35 PM
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I agree with Mike-- you can stay in Hilo and easily/comfortably make a day trip to the Volcano. The Dolphin Bay Hotel is a great place to stay in Hilo if you want very reasonable accommodations and the true aloha spirit.
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