We are staying at Mauna Lani Feb. 2014 and plan to travel to VNP and stay 1 night. We will be travelling the north coast route as we have been warned to stay away from Saddle Rd. with a rental car. We are on a tight budget and want to spend around $150 with taxes and fees in. Is this realistic? VRBO's and some B & B's are charging cleaning fees. We had planned on stopping in the park the first day.afternoon Tentative- going to the visitor centre first, Thurston Lava tubes then Jagger Museum after as it closes later. One place in Volcano stated that we should be at our lodging by 4 pm as it gets dark early and there are no street lights. We were planning on looking into seeing the lava flow or the ocean entry at night but wonder how realistic that is with the regards to finding our way back to our accommodation.
We could really use some help from the TA experts: a) where to book our accommodation- Volcano? and b) planning our itinerary for the first afternoon and following morning. I know we need to be on our way back to Mauna Lani by 3:30 the next day.