Arrived Monday afternoon. Cozy cabin a step up from camping. Circle Island tour on Tuesday was long but enjoyable. Wednesday tour of Hilo was nice, but be prepared for tourist traps stops at Big Island Candies, Orchid Garden, etc. Nice waterfalls. Thursday toured volcano national park which was my favorite tour. Lava tube and seeing coastline was highlight. Flew out that afternoon after tour. We did not get a rental car since we did the tours; however, this limited us to eat at the KMC cafe, Lava lounge, or Bowling alley. Or hike about 0.6 miles to Volcano House for nice but expensive meal with great view of caldera.
Be sure to pack bottled water, light sweaters or jackets for evenings, your own flashlight (ones provided are just ok), and snacks.
We plan on returning for longer stay with a rental car. I feel that staying in Hilo for a few days, in Kailua-Kona for a few days, and at KMC for a few days may be the way to go to see all the islands highlights on your own. I would also like to take a trip up to the summit of Mauna Kea for stargazing, see the lava flow at night by boat, and do the night time manta ray viewing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilauea Military Camp, a Pacific Lodging Recreation Lodging facility is for the Active, Retired Military along with DoD Civilians, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Sponsored Guests. Valid Military ID or Department of Defense ID and current Leave and Earnings Statement is required for check-in. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hotel Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park