We gave up on figuring out how to take a helicopter tour out of Kona, not two hours, where we'd see the volcano.
The concierge at the Fairmont recommended that we do the drive. However, it seems as if this would be more like a four hour drive from the hotel to the Volcano, which would be followed by a very long hike, requiring a guide, to see the volcano. As well, we may or may not see lava even if it's flowing. Is this correct?
If you were going to stay in Kona (or have done it) how should we do this? I've convinced the family to spend the day on the adventure (instead of sitting on the beach for yet another day), but I'm still confused about how to see the volcano. I have a guide book, but should I buy a different one?
The concierge said that the drive is a once-in-a-lifetime drive, but it'll be less so if we're driving for four hours (plus time for stops) in each direction. Where can I find information about this? I am planning on going to AAA next week, but I figure you folks are more learned and informed. Thanks.