We are staying 7 days on the big island in Feb.
I had read on this board that it is much easier to split our time between 2 different hotels: one on the Kona side and one on the Hilo side. But that isn't really possible for us given our timeshare.
We really want to see lava glowing at night (not just the helicopter day tour). In order to maximize our chances of seeing the glowing lava should we:
A. Stay 8 days instead booking a hotel in Hilo the day before we move to the timeshare. FYI, my relatives also want to spend time in Oahu and have limited time so if this doesn't really improve our chances for seeing lava, they'd rather just spend 7 days on the Big Island
B. Book a last minute hotel room/condo for the 10 of us if needed if there suddenly is a report of major lava activity (just giving up one day of our timeshare hotel).
C. Just stay at the Kona hotel and make that long drive back to the hotel at night after we see the lava.
D. Anything else you guys can suggest.
I really want to see lava at night and read that not only is more convenience in terms of travel distance to stay at Hilo but you have better odds of seeing it cause your hotel can wake you up at night if need be. Is that right?Edited: 07 January 2011, 21:09