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2 extra nights on the Big island

grorgia
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2 extra nights on the Big island

We have 2 timeshare weeks next Feb. First isKona Hawaiin Village by the sea and the second is Mauna Loa Village by the sea. W have 2 nights in between the 2 weeks. Just wondering which area would be nice to go to and stay those 2 nights. We have never been to the Big Island before. Also, do we need a rental car for the entire time?

Thanks

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1. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

From everything I've read, you definately need a rental car. We're headed to BI in June and have a car reserved. Everyone says that the island is much to vast to not have a car. Why don't you spend your two nights in the volcano area. That would be a nice contrast to your time in Kona. Good luck and have a great time.

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Kailua-Kona
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2. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

I would stay in the Volcano area. It is a long drive back from the volcano and if you want to see the lava at night-staying close would be helpful. We drove back to Kona and wished we had stayed closer. There is a lot to do in the Hilo/Volcano area that you could do in two days. Have fun.

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Hilo
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3. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

I agree with those who recommend to spend the two nights between in Volcano (or somewhere on the Hilo side) to give you a chance to explore that area of the island too.

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Hilo
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4. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

Another vote for volcano. And get a car. There is really no alternative transportation. And the island is BIG!

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5. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

yup, as others have said - car + Volcano/Hilo = happiness

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6. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

without question Volcano and a car................stay at Kiluea Lodge and eat there too....The B&Bs up in Volcano charge more than the lodge and after reading reviews... are very wanting and a crap shoot to get a nice one TT knows a good one I think

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7. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

Lotus Garden Cottages (used to be Kalani Garden Cottages) is a nice and affordable B&B and has only two units, therefore, it's private and quiet. www.volcanogetaway.com. I have spent many weekends there.

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8. Re: 2 extra nights on the Big island

We have stayed at the Volcano TeaPot Cottage near Volcano Village on two different occassions, and it was wonderful both times. It is the only house on the property, situated on about an acre of beautiful grounds, off a quiet little one lane road, and has every amenity you might want. The owners really respect your privacy, and inconspicuously drop by every day to leave you wonderful treats for the next day's breakfast--always enough for at least two meals for us (which goes a long way toward defraying some of the cost, when compared to cheaper hotel rates).! We really prefer to stay in the nicer B&Bs (those with separate houses or cottages you can have all to your selves) rather than hotels because they are often more unique and some owners--like those who own the TeaPot Cottage--go to every imaginable length to make your stay comfortable and fun. Search for other trip advisor reviews about this place and you'll get lots of positive info. Have a wonderful trip!

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