So... Take 4 (I think it's Take #4).... Been a while and my information is super rusty.... need to grab a book and familiarize myself again. SKIP to end under the line ____________ if you don't want to read my ramblings.
So anyway... this year I plan on visiting BI in August (yes I know bad bad timing - VOG and Hurricane season... but I have my reasons). I'll take my chances with this volcano and pray for lots and lots and lots of safe lava. It's a new moon too during the Perseid Meteor shower so WOOHOO the scenary (I HOPE!!!)... and Mauna Kea star viewing should be amazing (I HOPE.... but you never know).
Me- will be 34 (OMG the years are flying by!! I celebrated my 30 year old birthday in Kauai as a young lady)
Mother - 61
Brother - 29 (I think he'll be 29.. but he doesn't know I don't know)
Dad - 64 (MAYBE... he's a party pooper, complainer, doesn't like doing anything... I FINALLY got him to realize all inclusive vacations are awful!!! Who knows maybe the sight of the lava filled calm volcano accessible to the public he may change - yes the run on sentence!)
Plan: Leaving August 3 Friday (my birthday) and coming back on August 14 Tuesday
Things to do (at the top of my head):
-Open doors helicopter tour around volcano (if one exists)
-Mauna Kea star gazing (so hyped about this... I am probably expecting too much and will be dissapointed)
-Perseid Meteor shower (August 12-13) - so need clear skies so stay in Kohala?
-Pelagic Magic Black Water/Manta Ray Night Dive for me (OMG my heart is pounding out of my chest just thinking of this)!!! Manta Ray Night Snorkel for rest of family - might do one too... OMG!!!!!!!
-Snorkeling - Honaunau (had to look it up forgot name) - hope that site has recovered and other spots too
-Boat Tours!! Would love to do some... but I can't think of any good ones of the top of my head
-Volcano! Hikes... Volcano Lava viewings/tours I don't know... there's so much volcano out there (and tours that blow my mind!!! Millions of tours with millions of tour combos!).
-Oh yeah! LAVA tubes!
-Others?? Maybe learn to surf... but I don't want to look like a turtle and get bitten by a shark (okay ignore this LOL!)
So I'm hoping to get some advice on how long to stay and possibly locations. We prefer to stay at Condos... and probably 2 bedroom if my dad comes with us... if not we can do 1 bedroom. We plan on renting a car (DUH!).
Arrival: August 3 (Friday)
Hilo August 3-5?: spend 2 days? I feel like that's very little - the flight should be there by August 3 at 3PM-ish... but that day will be wasted shopping for food/water for the condo. Or maybe I can forgo the shopping since we're spending on 2-3 days in Hilo??? Then leave on August 5 or 6 in the morning for the Volcano? Hilo is a mystery to me... I hear it's a very charming place but I'm not entirely sure of where to spend it and how to spend it? I know there are waterfalls... but someone once told me, if you're seen plenty of waterfalls before then the ones in Hilo aren't anything special. What are you thoughts?
Volcano August 6-8: I'm hoping to spend 1.5-2 days at the volcano. Get there early - do things... then spend another full day there. Depart the next day (possibly in the AM or PM depending on what we're doing). I read the Volcano house is pretty neat! There's also Kilauea Lodge? Would you recommend this? Not sure of the price point. If there's a lodge/hotel with a volcano view I think I might be okay paying a bit more for that luxury.
Kona-Kohala August 9-13: So arrive late on August 8? Here's my thing... Kohala IS the better place to stay right? That's where you get clearer skies (since the Vog I heard in Kona is pretty bad). There should be less vog in Kohala? But if I need to drive through Kona.... the congestion I hear it's bad!!!! I guess it means i just have to leave earlier if I need to be at a certain place/tour location. Any suggestions on where to stay in Kohala? Are there any condo complexes close to a beach or on an ocean front? I mean a view is NOT a must... but man that could be a complete treat (assuming the price point isn't outrageous... I mean with condos you are expected to pay $1000 extra in misc fees).
Anyway - any thoughts are appreciated!
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