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How long will it take to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National

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How long will it take to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National

How long, approximately will it take to drive from the Kailua-Kona area to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Should we take warm clothes in case change of weather?

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1. Re: How long will it take to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National

Here's what is says on the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park website:

www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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2. Re: How long will it take to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National

It depends on the route taken. If you go south on HWY 11 it will take roughly 2 hrs 15 minutes. If you go Saddle Road 200 through the middle of the island it is approximately 2 hrs 45 minutes. Going north on HWY 19 through the Hamakua waterfalls coast can take about 3 hrs.

Give yourself extra time for some sightseeing, bathroom stops, and food stops along the way.

I always like to recommend that visitors stay at least one night in Volcano. it will really help you get more out of your time.

For example you can leave Kona one day early a.m. via waterfalls coast, giving yourself plenty of time for waterfalls, botanical gardens, ziplining, sights in and around Hilo, etc. Time it to end the day in Volcano. Great food for dinner in Volcano Village, and an opportunity to see the glow illuminating out of the main caldera ten minutes up the road.

No late night drive back to Kona***

Next day take advantage of jet-lag, get up early, beat the crowds, see beautiful birds only found in Hawaii, and have all day to explore the countless sites on HVNP.

Ideally you would stay two nights to make sure that you can cover all the highlights, or even spend a day exploring Kalapana and Kapoho.

After HVNP you can take the South route back to Kona, stopping at Punaluu Black Sand Beach and/or other sites.

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3. Re: How long will it take to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National

We stayed at the Mauna Kea Resort and wished we had listened to the advice to stay over night near the park. The drive back (in the dark and with some rain) was LONG! We needed the extra layers- bring a jacket/fleece. It's worth the drive- the park is incredible.

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