I am very excited as in 3 weeks I will be returning to the Big Island (I visited in Sept 2010 on my honeymoon) this time hubby and I are bringing my mother, sister and BIL.
Notes on us:
Please note our itinerary will be a lot different than that of most of what I have read on here…we don’t want to stay in a resort/hotel and prefer to be more rural/don’t mind driving.
Hubby and I stayed on BI for 17 nights on our honeymoon-
We loved being in Milolii. We did visit the white sands and the north west coast but really loved the south. We spent a lot of time at Homomolino Beach, most of the time we were the only ones there.
We will be staying the 1st night at a hotel in Kona, then moving to our vacation rental south of Captain Cook for 6 nights then moving to another rental at Kapoho. I know this is very different for most, however for the agenda we have planned it should work out well.
Planes in at 8pm, get rental van and head to hotel.
(Uncle Billys booked- just looking for something cheap and cheerful)
Hopefully find somewhere to get some dinner.
-Walk around the area around the hotel, grab a shave ice sort of thing
-Visit Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
-Shop at Costco, fruit stand on the way to our rental (rental is in the subdivision above Pebble Beach) south of Captain Cook
-Grill at rental, enjoy view in the hot tub (when we stayed in Milolii we loved sitting enjoying the view (kept at pool temp)
-Sleep in, enjoy Kona coffee on the lanai after a long day of travelling.
-Head into town, stop at a coffee farm or two
-Dinner at Huggos (the one with the music etc)
-Manta night snorkel
-Kayak tour of Kealakekea Bay
-Dinner/sunset at rental
-Place of refuge, 2 step
-Dinner: Mom, Sis, BIL – Luau (they really want to go to one)
Hubby and I- somewhere around- possibly Kona Brewing for yummy pizza
-Early am to drive up to white sand beaches/northwest
-Possibly go up past, Pololu lookout etc
Thursday: Heading South to the Hilo side:
-Drive south, stop an hour at Punaluu Black sand (possibly snorkel depending on weather- we did on our last trip and loved it! Lifeguard suggested it and gave us tips, lots of turtles!)
-Continue on, possibly stop at VNP to do Thurston Lava tube, Kilauea visitors centre, Jagger museum. Just do a couple of things on our way by (coming back to do a whole day at the park later)
-Settle in at rental at Kapoho
-Snorkel at Kapoho tide pools (we loved this on our previous trip)
-Afternoon evening: puna area, viewing point, etc or:
Other things we have talked about:
-Evening at the visitors centre at Mauna Kea Observatory
-Hilo: Imiloa Astronomy, Tsunami Museum, Banyan drive etc.
-Any of Thurston tube, visitors centre, Jagger museum if we didn’t do earlier
-possibly Drive down Chain of Craters
-Dinner in Volcano
-Back to VNP to see the “glow”
-Leave to lead back to Kona for flying out that night:
-Airport to return car etc
I know this is really different, but I would appreciate your comments, suggestions, especially on getting from Kapoho to Kona on the last day, which way to drive etc.
It is really hard to plan a trip with so few days and so much to do on BI!