Hi. We recently changed our plans from a week in kauai to 8 days on the BI, after much research and discussion with the fam. We have booked 4 nights (possibly 6) in Kona. We will arrive 3 days before that 4-night stay begins (we have timeshare and booked what was available). My plan in to arrive in Hilo, stay 3 nights there/volcano, drive to kona for 4 nights. We could potentially stay in Kona for 2 more, but we will have to change rooms.
My questions for the board are:
1. Should we stay 1 night in Hilo and 2 in volcano? or how should we divide those nights?
2. We are military so we can stay at the military camp inside volcano park. It is not cheaper, so cost does not factor in to the decision- should we stay there or elsewhere? Is it better to be in the park or outside the park at a cute little b and b?
3. Do we truly need a 4 WD? The owner of the military camp says yes. Other opinions? rent a jeep?
4. Do we stay in Kona for those extra 2 days, go north, or what? Then fly out of Kona?
Thanks so much and I look forward to your responses!