Getting from Oahu to Big Island
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2008 11:41 AM Last Post By: Kimby
Mar 10, 2008 8:43 PM
Getting from Oahu to Big IslandHi All,
I will be traveling with a friend to Honolulu in early April, and we are trying to figure out how to get to the Big Island.
Are there any cheap flights from Oahu to the Big Island?
Or are there any cheap boats/ferries?
And does the Big Island have more to do than Oahu? (volcanoes etc)
If the Big Island is the choice for the volcanoes we'd like to stay in a centralized spot to access as many of them as possible.
Also, another friend mentioned a tour where you get taken up a volcano then bike it down. Is this still possible?
Or are you better off hiring a bike to get around on?
Mar 10, 2008 9:12 PM
1Cheap flight aplenty. No ferry as of yet, looking like never again. Yes it has more to do OF CERTAIN THINGS. It has LESS of city stuff, far more outdoor stuff. But overall Oahu has the beach/surf scene nailed. Central location for TBI is impossible as it is so big. Most people do a few days Kona side and a few days Hilo side each. The tour of the volcano you're talking about is Haleakala on Maui. No way I'd ride a bike here and I competed on one for years.
Mar 11, 2008 12:00 AM
2The Big Island is BIG. You don't want a bike to get around on!
Kona and Hilo are very different.
Hilo is a real town on the wet side of the island. Nearby are parks with waterfalls and lush vegetation, and a canyon you can take a 4WD down into, or just hike down the road. Kona is an island of lush vegetation & luxury resorts plopped down amidst arid plains of lava. Stark.
If you want a more compact volcano experience, you could go to Maui instead. The volcanoes on TBI are very much alive and the open roads and viewing opportunities keep changing, and since my experience is a bit dated, I won't post misinformation here.
But this week I read that it is once again possible to drive to the area of the Royal Gardens subdivision where 66 homes have been destroyed by lava from Kilauea Volcano since 1983. Only 5 are left and only one is occupied part-time. Officials announced that they will open up a long-closed stretch of highway, allowing residents and tourists to get very close to the lava flow for the first time in years.
If you get to the town of Waimea in cattle country, there is (was?) a funky museum of Hawaiiana, space memorabilia, Chinese urns, and all sorts of odd collectibles. Does anyone know if this place is still open?
Mar 11, 2008 5:44 AM
3A little "editing" of the above post.....People have been able to walk to the lava for most of the last 30 years, and until last month directly to the venting crater Pu'u O'o if they liked-and yes, a few died doing it-there are 2 residents in Royal Gardens who are not friendly. Kona is the coffee area above Kailua town and is lush. But the airport at Kona (KOA) is in a lava desert-it is actually in Kailua as are most of the resorts-the real resort area is Kohala and it IS a true desert cactus and all. The canyon you can take a 4wd into is Waipio and is many miles from Hilo, and is one of the wonders of the earth. I don't know about any museum like that in Waimea, but will ask someone over that way the next time I'm on that stretch of the island. It sounds cooler than hell!
Mar 11, 2008 9:34 AM
41. Lots of flights. Try www.alohaairlines.com, igo.com, hawaiianairlines.com.
2. No ferry and not likely to be in the future.
3. Impossible to say whether the Big Island has more to do or not. Depends on what you want to do.
4. If you want to visit the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, the biggest town is Hilo, or the town of Volcano .
5. The bicyle tours are on a different island, Maui. They were significantly limited due to accidents and fatalities. I don't know if they are still running at this point.
6. You need to rent a car on Hawaii, or Maui to get around. A bicycle would be very difficult and dangerous.
Mar 12, 2008 7:45 AM
5For cheap flights between islands, be sure to check your airline's frequent flyer miles alternatives. Often your flight to Hawaii will rack-up enough miles to cover some or all of the interisland flight if your primary airline has an arrangement with the interisland airline.
Mar 12, 2008 12:29 PM
6Wow guys, thank you so much for the informative replies. A great help indeed!
From the suggestions we will look to head to Hilo and/or Kona. As we'll probably have a short time frame, unfortunately it may have to be one or the other. We'll probably be there for 3 or 4 days, guessing.
Is the town of Volcano far from Hilo? Is this the best/most active volcano to see?
Again, based on time frame and budget we may go to Mauui as a last resort (Im really hopeing to get to the Big Island)
How dangerous is that bike tour of that volcano on Maui?
Thanks again guys
Mar 12, 2008 6:47 PM
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Mar 22, 2008 11:41 AM
10Why not just rent a car at the airport and have done with it?
When we were there, years ago, Dollar rentacar had special deals in conjunction with the interisland flights where you got a new car on each island at a low rate. Since the Big Island is so , well, big, you'll need a car anyway.
BTW, the latest news is that toxic emissions from a new vent are threatening to evacuate the area near Volcano. Can't count on a volcano behaving!
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