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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2016
Suitable for swimming on Big Island of Hawaii in April?  (3 Answers)

Can anyone tell me about water temps in Kona/Kohala area during mid-April? Is it warm enough for swimming and snorkeling?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2016
Lodging near Volcano, HI  (11 Answers)

Good places to stay for two nights at about $100.00?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2016
Anniversary dinner location?  (6 Answers)

When we visit the Big Island, Hawaii, this spring, our daughter and her husband will celebrate their 20th anniversary. Where should they have their celebration dinner that night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2016
Big Island Mauna Kea Beach  (1 Answer)

How do you access the beach at Mauna Kea if you aren't staying at the hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2016
Travel Agency for Hawaii  (2 Answers)

Is reliable in terms of customer service?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2016
Possible to do your own self-tour manta ray night snorkle?  (1 Answer)

are there any places to do a manta ray snorkel without involving a tour company?
If so, what does one bring to such event? Underwater flashlight? Is a camera with flash ok?
I'm an experienced day time snorkeler but have no clue what to bring to this party and expect so your advice and tiips would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2015
Looks different??? Lava fields broken up and not many white Rock designs besides the road???  (1 Answer)

When we were at the Big Island

years ago... the terrain was very

different. A lot more lava fields
All around. When we went this year
The lava was broke up and scrub plants
Growing there. When it was solid lava

it was prettier and people used white

Rocks to write messages or make designs.
I was looking forward to seeing this
And was wondering if this breaking up the

lava and plants happened naturally

Or if it's sometime they did to accelerate
The ground being usable???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2015
Where to eat  (2 Answers)

Ok looking for some places with great food. .. I don't like ground meat ... no hamburger ..ground turkey. Sausage ect. My husband doesn't like sushi .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2015
Zip Lining  (3 Answers)

Have been looking at three different zip line tours: Umauma near Hilo and Kohala and Akaka near Kona. Looking for anyone who has experience at any or all of these whwo could provide a recommendation. Trying to select the one that is the most exciting and scenic.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2014
3 days in Big Island  (3 Answers)

We (I and my wife) are visiting Hawaii in November. We are visiting Oahu and Maui before going to Big Island. We will be in Big Island for almost 3.5 days. We will reach Big Island on Thursday evening around 4:45pm at Kona Aiport, and will be leaving from Hilo Aiport on Sunday around 8:30 PM. This is our first trip to Big Island. We know it is very short duration, to cover the entire island but we wish to cover as much as possible.

We have found the following things which can be visited, although we may not be able to cover everything. We would like to know what will be the best itinerary we can have for these 3 days/3 nights.

Places near Kona

1. Kailua-Kona (Historic Kailua Village)

2. Keauhou Bay

3. Hulihee Palace

4. Puunhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park

5. Kohala Coast

Things to do on the way from Kona to Hilo

1. Puukohola Neiau National Historic site

2. Waimea

3. Pololu Valley Lookout

Places near Hilo:

1. Volcano National Park

2. Akaka Falls State Park

3. Hamakua Heritage Corridor

4. Hilo downtown

Our plan is to do the things near Kona on Thursday evening and Friday entire day. We will stay in Kona on Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday leave Kona to go to Hilo and do the things on the way and stay at night in Hilo/ near Volcano. Sunday visit the volcano and places near Hilo and leave on Sunday evening from Hilo Airport.

We might not be able to cover all the places mentioned above. Also, not sure if there are any other places which should be visited, if so we might skip some of the places we mentioned and go to those. We are from California, so we don't really care about spending too much time on beach.

We would like to know if what we are planning can be done, and also what are good places to stay in each area, and whether we should stay in Hilo or near Volcano.

We have also read about various tours, should we take tours or just rent a car and go around the places we want to go?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2014
Honeymoon in Hawaii  (7 Answers)

Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii in December. Any recommendations? Which islands are best? Best restaurants? Best hotels? Best beaches? Things to do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2014
Restaurants on Big Island  (2 Answers)

Is there a restaurant on the Big island similar to Mama's fish house (on Maui)? I'm looking for good ambience & food. Kona side preferred.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2014
Driving around the Big Island, Hawaii.  (5 Answers)

I am going to either Hilo or Kona next month for a week to eight days and will be renting a car while there. The purpose of my trip is to take in all that I can and also since I am considering moving there I will also looking at apartments.
How is the island for getting around in a series of day trips using either Hilo or Kona as the base?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2013
Mauna Kea  (5 Answers)

Hello. We will be on the Big Island during Christmas week. We are planning to take a tour to Mauna Kea. Can you suggest a good tour company we should use? Paradise Safaris Inc. seems to have good reviews but we would like to hear your experience.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2013
Weather around the island  (1 Answer)

I'm looking for advice as to whether to stay near Kailua-Kona or if I want to go north a bit to Waikoloa instead of Kailua-Kona. Wiakoloa was only recommended Nov-Dec in the Lonely Planet guide and I have no idea why. It seems like Waikoloa has more white sand beach/resorts in that area, so it seemed nice.

I'm planning on going a week in either June, July, or August. And spending 4 days on NW side Kona area, and 4 days in SE Hilo area near Volcano or Pohoa near the shore. Last trip to Hawaii, my family went to Maui and we really liked the Kaanapali area. But we didn't like Kihei as it was hotter. My family members are unfortunately allergic to the sun (not kidding) and broke out in bad skin rashes in Kihei from the heat. So I'm trying to find a spot that is beautiful, hopefully ocean views, but where heat won't be a problem.

Any advice you can give is great. At least Volcano, HI should be cool because of the elevation!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2013
Things To See & Do  (5 Answers)

We are going to Hawaii in Jan 2014 for 11 days. Just wondering what is the best things to See & Do?
We would like to go & see the usual attractions, We are just wondering who is the best tour company to do this with?
Is the Go Oahu Card worth purchasing ?
Also we want to go over to the Big Island & see the Volcano Park & hopefully Lava flowing in a day trip ...Thoughts ?

Thanking you in advance for your response

Helen & Tracey

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2013
Snorkeling on the Big Island  (5 Answers)

Hi, We are staying on the Big Island for two weeks. One week near Hilo and the other near Kona. We are avid snorkelers and are looking for good sites on both sides of the Island that are usually nice during the middle of October. We plan to hit the obvious places outlined in many guides, however there are some spots tourists are not aware of that are excellent. Can you help me locate these places. Much Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2013
Kauai, Maui, Big Island  (3 Answers)

We are a family of five (2 adults, 16, 14, 11 year old kids). We are just starting to research our trip Planning on two weeks (at least) end of June/beginning of July. We hope to go to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Given that time frame, how many days per island would you recommend? We will be flying from Canada. Do you recommend a island/airport to fly into and out of? Will do inter-island flights between. For Kauai, areas of interest are Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast, Wailua Falls, Fern Grotto and Hanakapiai Beach...sorry if spelling these wrong!!! Maui we are interested in Road to Hana, Haleakala Volcano and Pipiwai Trail. Lastly, the Big Island, sites include staying in Hilo and doing the waterfalls (Akaka Falls and more), Hawaii Volcano National Park then over to Kona area for snorkelling. I realized the spots listed are areas highlighted in other posts and not sure if we can do all that, plus want to rest and relax, but thought I would write the "wish list". Most interested in thoughts people have on number of days per island to give us snap shot of these three islands. THANKS!!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2013
Radiation and water contamination  (6 Answers)

Where can i find out if the water in Hawaii is contaminated with radiation and/or how bad is it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2013
Pearl Harbour  (5 Answers)

We will be in Honolulu next week and would like to visit Pearl Harbour. The tours only seem to take you to see the Arizona Memorial but my husband would like to see inside the Bowfin and visit the Missouri as well. We are too late to buy tickets on line and do not want to get there at 6am to buy tickets then wait a few hours to get in.
I suppose we could take the cheapest tour we could find and just stay on after the visit to the Arizona Memorial and then make our own way back by bus.
Any suggestions or comments?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2013
Driving from Hilo to Waikola  (5 Answers)

My husband, 17 year old son and I will be staying in Hilo for 2 nights before we head over to the Kona side for the rest of our vacation. I would like to know what is the best route to take for our drive to Waikola. If you could also include suggestions for stops along the way that would be great.
Many thanks - Jane

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Altitude sickness  (6 Answers)

My daughter is a normal, fit 14 year old. Will she be able to handle going past the Visitor centre?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2013
The Best Luau ?  (3 Answers)

Hello Friends,

My family are going to the Big Island in a week. We are looking for assistance in finding a Luau.

Thanks Alex

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2013
Can't decide - Captain Cook or Kailua Kona  (3 Answers)

We are trying to plan our first vacation in 6 years; first with our 3 year old son. We plan to stay one night near Volcano Park but would like a house the rest of the time where we can access a beach, food, etc. but that is still quiet and not so "touristy." Found a great house in Captain Cook that is available (we are going 10/27-11/3); looks great, large enough for us and the other couple +kid who might be coming as well. I have read several different forums and majority opinion is Kailua Kona & Kohala Coast for beach lovers. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2013
One day of sightseeing on the Big Island  (2 Answers)

We are going to the Big Island at the end of May with a group from my husband's work. There is one day earmarked for exploring the island. We will be staying on the Kona Side (Four Seasons Hualalai) me plan this day! Sun up to sun down baby! We are also recommend stops along the way for can't miss Hawaiian treats!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2013
HGVC Waikoloa Beach  (3 Answers)

Anyone been there ? We are going in 3 weeks with my 21 mo. old Grandson. Is it far from the water and main facilities of the Resort ? Any recommendations ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2013
6 days on the Big Island  (2 Answers)

Just trying to plan for the Big Island and it's a bit daunting to me. We're looking to spend 2 days in Kona diving and probably going to Kealakekua Bay. This gives us 3 1/2 days to drive around. Top priority is driving Saddle Road and to the Mauna Kea summit. However today the road is closed due to icy conditions. Is it likely for the road to be closed during most days in the winter or will we have a chance to do it?

We also want to drive down the Chain of Craters Rd in Volcanoes NP. After that, we're looking for suggestions on what else to do. We enjoy hiking and scenery. We'll probably see Akaka Falls. Maybe we'll hike in Waipio Valley or Pololu Valley (or both?).

Or will 3 1/2 days be enough to only do Saddle Road and Volcanoes?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2013
Seeking quiet lodging for night of arrival, to fight jet-lag


Any suggestions of which hotels are among the quietest, near Kailua-Kona? My hope is to get good rest on night of our arrival, to counter the effects of jet-lag (2 adults, travelling from Eastern time zone). If you have knowledge or experience to share please do!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2012
Hawaii in 8 Days - Island Hopping Logistics  (3 Answers)

Hello Everyone - i will be in Hawaii for 8 days starting next weekend - (i am usually a last minute planner!) - My base for those 8 days is in the Big Island, however I am interested in seeing for example Pearl Harbor and the beauty of other islands. Are there one day trip options? Is that feasible or would i need to overnight somehwere ? I would prefer not to double pay for hotel as I am already committed with the one in the BIg Island. Now about things to do - I have read on similar questions the points of interests are volcanoes, beaches, hikes, Pearl Harbor - Please let me know of any other things to do that i should concentrate on (i am not into the tourist stuff like shopping etc - mostly culture and love to go to local restaurants etc). Lastly, in the Big Island -it looks like renting a car is the way to go - can someone please let me know on transportation as well. THank you greatly.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2012
Help please ... Oahu and ??? Big Island or Maui???  (10 Answers)

We are planning a holiday to Hawaii and hope to get some suggestions on the choice of islands to visit. We are hoping to spend 5 nights on Waikiki - Oahu with 3 nights on either Maui or the Big Island.

We love the beach, nature walk, waterfalls and of course the opportunity to see a volcano is very tempting as we've never seen this. I hope you can give me some feedback to make this choice a little easier.

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