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black sand beach and volcanoe in a day


I'm travelling to Hawaii by myself and I'll be flying into Hilo for 12 hours next Monday (3/15/10). I want to see a black-sand beach and a volcanoe. I'd rather not be herded along with an over-priced large tour group. Any suggestions on a good way to get around or what to see? I've heard sunset over the volcanoe is beautiful.

Thanks in advance for any advice!!

3 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Richmond

rent a car and use a map to find your way out there. Remember the black sand is hot, hot , hot, wear sandals. The volcanoe is the opposite direction, so planning is important if you want to see the sunset. Last, ask the locals when you get there

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from New Jersey

Definitely rent a car and drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's pretty easy to find things there. Timing will depend on how much hiking that you want to do. Punalu'u Beach (black sand beach) is further south, towards the southern end of the island). On thing to keep in mind is that the Big Island of Hawaii does not have any large highways, so driving from one point to another can sometimes take longer than you think. However, with 12 hours, you should have plenty of time to get to both places. Another nice thing to see near Hilo is Akaka Falls, one of the higher waterfalls in Hawaii. However, it is in the opposite direction (north) from the other two sights.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you - sounds like a great itinerary!

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