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recommend a volcano tour!

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recommend a volcano tour!

there's tons of tour groups that offer a tour of the volcanoes. we're staying in Waikoloa. should we save some money and drive to Hilo to join a tour there or should we book a tour that'll pick us up from our hotel (Waikoloa Marriott)?

if we go the tour route, any recommendations?

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1. Re: recommend a volcano tour!

Are you clear that a VNP tour is not a tour to see hot lava?

If you want a great lava tour, go with VolcanoDiscovery, Arthur and Philip.

Read the Lava Viewing topics. I bumped them yesterday or the day before.

You don't need a guided tour to see the VNP, unless you have some special interest in geology or culture or want a bird tour, something like that. It's a National Park and is completely user friendly for visitors to self-tour.

As for the drive, we always recommend you sleep on this side if you plan a night hike. Get a cheap room. if you can afford a guided tour, you can afford to do something to keep yourself from a dangerous drive.

While VolcanoDiscovery may pick up in Kohala, it is a very personalized tour and I expect you would absorb the cost of having someone drive over there and back to get you.

Dolphin Bay Inn has cheap rooms in Hilo that are clean.

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2. Re: recommend a volcano tour!

I know that VPN tour isn't a tour to see hot lava. all the tour companies say there's no guarantee of lava viewing.

i'll check out your recommendation. thanks

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3. Re: recommend a volcano tour!

OK, a lot of people don't seem to know.

The lava viewing is in Kalapana, if you were interested, which is about an hour from VNP.

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4. Re: recommend a volcano tour!

A SELF tour of VNP is one that many will choose(Majority)

If you check out of the Marriott(Have them hold your bags)....Pack an Overnight bag.

Stay one night east side...Hilo/Volcano.... self tour...then return to the West side...by the light of day..You will have the best of both worlds.

The trip back from the East side in darkness is brutal......with possible rock slides and frequent torrential rains...coupled with the fatique of a long day of touring. Not a good combination.

KK gives sound advice.

Edited: 12:41 am, January 12, 2011
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