Is it better to take the Hilo route? How long will the whole trip to VNP take?
Yes, probably Hamakua (19), but Saddle Road is an option (both go through Hilo).
3 hours but that's without stops?
There are TONS of topics on this drive. You can run a search or just browse back and read up on it. This question gets asked constantly.
Thank you KK. I will do the search. By the way, is Waikoloa a good place to avoid VOG? I don't mind cloudy skies but would try to avoid humidity. We are planning to travel in March or May.
Yes, your in a great area of the island.
If you mean Waikoloa Beach, you are unlikely to encounter vog, humidity, or clouds, the weather's great there pretty much all the time. The Hamakua route to Volcano is longer than the Saddle but is very beautiful, especially if you get good weather.
If you mean Waikoloa Beach, you are unlikely to encounter vog, humidity, or clouds, the weather's great there pretty much all the time. The Hamakua/Hilo route to Volcano is longer than the Saddle but is very beautiful, especially if you get good weather. And yes, 3 hours, but 5 hours with stops at the many must sees along the way. That's why we don't recommend day trips.
Thank you very much for the info!
Since we will stay at Waikoloa, I wonder if the Makaiwa beach is a good place to do snorkeling?
Yes, assuming the ocean conditions cooperate, Makaiwa is great snorkeling, but as discussed recently, the public access parking lot is a long schlep from the Bay, which is why those staying at the Mauna Lani or any of the condos there are so fortunate since those lodgings come with a beach pass to the gated beach parking lot and/or is walking distance. Try Waialea Bay too for snorkeling if it's flat.
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