We're staying in Waikola for 9 days this coming August and are planning a one night side trip to Volcano. Two adults, two young teenagers. Our goals are to hike the Iki trail and drive the crater rim drive/chain of craters road loop. Maybe see the thurston lava tube if time. We've been looking at the Volcano Inn as a possible overnight spot.
The current working plan is to drive over in the morning (via saddle road), arrive hopefully around lunch time, eat a picnic lunch, do the iki trail, then grab some dinner and hit the BnB. The next morning we'll do the drive, then head back via the southern route, stopping at the black sand beach.
- should we stay in Volcano or go to Hilo (I'm concerned that dinner options will be severely limited in Volcano)
- if we stay in Volcano, where should we grab dinner?
Thanks in advance!