I am flying into Kona (from 7 days in Oahu) on 9/26/13 at 1pm and leaving from Kona 9/29/13 in the am, my flights and rental car are a done deal all out of Kona. RIght now I am looking at driving from the airport to VNP and staying at Volcano House Hotel for 1 night (3 hour drive) putting us here at 5. Checking out VNP in the am and driving around the rest of the island to Hilton Waikoloa Village for some R&R. We would now like to add Mauna Kea Tour to our trip.
I am now wondering how long will it take to do some of the basic tours at VNP and drive to Waikola Village? should I drive the entire circle of the island? or just head back the way we came?
Suggestions of how to best plan this short 2.5 day trip would be awesome and very appreciated.