6 days on the Big Island
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 8:23 PM Last Post By: johnsang
Feb 7, 2013 8:56 AM
6 days on the Big IslandJust trying to plan for the Big Island and it's a bit daunting to me. We're looking to spend 2 days in Kona diving and probably going to Kealakekua Bay. This gives us 3 1/2 days to drive around. Top priority is driving Saddle Road and to the Mauna Kea summit. However today the road is closed due to icy conditions. Is it likely for the road to be closed during most days in the winter or will we have a chance to do it?
We also want to drive down the Chain of Craters Rd in Volcanoes NP. After that, we're looking for suggestions on what else to do. We enjoy hiking and scenery. We'll probably see Akaka Falls. Maybe we'll hike in Waipio Valley or Pololu Valley (or both?). We also wouldn't mind seeint the green sand beach or South Point I guess.
Or will 3 1/2 days be enough to only do Saddle Road and Volcanoes?
Feb 7, 2013 10:16 AM
1Driving to the summit of Mauna Kea (even in summer) and the Saddle road are probably restricted by most rental agencies...carracar
Feb 7, 2013 4:06 PM
2Driving to Mauna Kea summit was the highlight for me on the Big Island. I actually went in January and there was a lot of snow at the top, people snowboarding, bizarre sight. But the road was cleared from snow and ice. I thought after snowfall they typically clear the road within a day or two.
Saddle Road is all paved now and some rental agencies apparently allow you to drive there.
I also enjoyed driving out to Ka Lae, the southernmost point in the 50 states of the US. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka_Lae
Feb 7, 2013 8:23 PM
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