Our family is visiting BI for first time in August 2018 primarily to see the Park, but my husband and 12 year old are getting PADI, so they are wondering if any opportunities to scuba in the area. If not by VNP and Hilo, then where on BI and is it realistic to do a day scuba excursion sometime in 4 days/3 nights we are there? Or we should focus on original plan of the Volcano sites and activities such as a helicopter tour or renting bicycles to see lava?
Also my friend visited BI last year and said swimming with the rays at night is a must but they stayed longer in the BI (1 week). I should also mention we are coming in from 8 days in Maui before we arrive in Hilo.