We are flying into Hilo, car reserved, and a place rented in Kalapana - Sea view Estates. “The unit is situated in a safe, quiet & friendly Hawaiian neighborhood off Kalapana-Kapoho Rd.” We selected a place on the east side due to our budget, Vog, we like less crowded places and we are treating this place as a home base. Since we are older we do not plan on driving at night and only visiting places during the week.
We are interested in snorkeling, fishing, waterfalls, flowers, walking on beaches, best photo places, helicopter ride over the lava fields, and may island hop or stay at a resort during the week if the price is right. We are looking for suggestions or info on: what to bring since groceries can be expensive i.e. spices, what tours are the best, best way to find good deals for resorts or island hopping, best local restaurants (nothing fancy), driving tips, best place to buy groceries (Plan on cooking a lot), and any other useful info. Based on my reading on this site I’m concerned about safety. I know it is emphasized do not leave anything in the car and on the beaches. How safe is Uncles Outdoor Hawaii Bar, Kapoho Tide pools, Communal Pool nearby Kalani-Honua Resort? Does it rain a lot during the day or at night? Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
Also looking for Hilo airport lodging for 1 night (14 Jan) since we arrive late (9pm) and can’t pick up rental car until the next day plus long distance driving may be challenging with no street lights. Will a taxi be expensive in town?