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Old 01-23-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Hawaii (Big Island): where to stay? Lookin for hut on the beach

I'm trying to put together a trip for my girlfriend and I to Hawaii in March. I'm thinking 2 nights at Oahu in a fancy big hotel (we've both been, and we can party here at home, hence only 2 nights) and 5 nights on the Big Island. Want to do scuba diving, check out cool volcano and forest stuff, hang out on the beach, etc... more "nature" and mix of adventure and relaxing type stuff.

I would much rather stay at a private-hut-on-the-beach type of place than some hotel or rented-out house. I want that kind of quiet, secluded open getaway that you see in movies or Corona commercials hehe. Is there anything like this that's at least semi-affordable and not TOO far away from main attractions? I'm having trouble finding anything like this online. Anybody have any tips or recommendations? Something like this, except maybe sandier and sunnier (posted by an H-T member a couple years ago):
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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I stayed in Hilo, it's kind of in the middle, tropics on one side, volcanic stuff on the other Click the image to open in full size.
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I just came back from a week and a half on the kona side. Ill post some pics later, but it was incredable Click the image to open in full size.
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No Huts in Hilo. There is a swamp though. No I'm not joking. There really is no Beach unless you go to Kona side. Ironic isn't it..no beach on an island.

The city of Hilo has nothing. Surrounding Hilo you have Akaka falls, Rainbow falls, Macadamian Nut Farm, Big Island Cookies, Mauna Loa, & Mauna Kea
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not a fan of hawaii..so i wouldnt know...go live with DOG... Click the image to open in full size.
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There isn't anything you are looking for in Hilo. As mentioned above, there isn't anything to do in Hilo. You want to stay in the drier, hotter side in Kona. Kona Village (http://www.konavillage.com) offers bungalows. It's not as secluded like you see in the movies, but it's pretty nice.

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Keep in mind, it's 100 miles going south from Kona to Volcanoes National Park. There isn't much to do at the park unless you hike to the lava flow.

About 100 miles going the North route, you will hit Hilo where it's lucious green. There are waterfalls and such. There aren't any sand beaches in Hilo (rock beaches). I suggest driving north from Kona for about 20 miles to reach Waikoloa. They have other resorts like Hilton Waikoloa with nice pools and Waikoloa Beach Marriott. At Waikoloa, you can snorkel and stuff with Red Sail. About 10 minutes north of Waikoloa, there's Hapuna Beach and Hapuna Prince Hotel with nice white sand.
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excellent thread.. I plan a trip here around September!
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Damnit, I stayed in Kona not Hilo Click the image to open in full size. Sorry OP.
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Want to do scuba diving, check out cool volcano and forest stuff, hang out on the beach, etc... more "nature" and mix of adventure and relaxing type stuff.
Minus the volcano, have you consider Kauai? All of the above, and not much have changed since Statehood. IMO, perfect mix of natural adventure and relaxing type of stuff.

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are those huts even safe??

what happens if in the middle of the night a bunch of guys rush in and hump u guys?
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Minus the volcano, have you consider Kauai? All of the above, and not much have changed since Statehood. IMO, perfect mix of natural adventure and relaxing type of stuff.
I actually ran into some info about Kauai late yesterday and it sounds like a more relaxing, romantic kinda place. Is the scuba/snorkeling as good there as the Big Island? It sounds a little more like what I'm looking for but I do also really want to see the volcano. Yikes, hitting 3 islands could be expensive!
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There isn't anything you are looking for in Hilo. As mentioned above, there isn't anything to do in Hilo. You want to stay in the drier, hotter side in Kona. Kona Village (http://www.konavillage.com) offers bungalows. It's not as secluded like you see in the movies, but it's pretty nice.

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Thanks, that looks great. But then I checked the website and was like, "$625 for 4 nights, that's not TOO bad"... then I realize... that's per night. Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.
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If I were you White98LS, I wouldn't stay in those huts. I would try to stay in a resort.

As much as I do enjoy going to Hawaii, I wouldn't want to stay in a hut in HI.

Huts=Carribean/French Polynesia/SE Asia FTW
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I actually ran into some info about Kauai late yesterday and it sounds like a more relaxing, romantic kinda place. Is the scuba/snorkeling as good there as the Big Island? It sounds a little more like what I'm looking for but I do also really want to see the volcano. Yikes, hitting 3 islands could be expensive!
I'm not trying to change your plans, but is there a reason why you want that "grass hut" type of accomodations vs. a "cheap" hotel?

Take Oahu for example. Wife like to stay beach front 5 star. I rather stay one block away on Kuhio Ave, and walk to the beach. That way, I have more money to do more (or stay longer). In Hawaii, one should be outdoors anyways.

Anyhow, Kauai would have generally the same scuba/snorkeling on all islands. The islands are the same underwater. I'm sure hardcore guys would say I'm wrong. And I'm no expert. IMO. Kauai has the nicest beach (Poipu) where the sand is like powder on the feet. I would go to Kauai to relax and recharged your batteries. Kauai has not changed much since Statehood, and that's why I like it. So it's more like what Hawaii used to be. So if you like outdoor, nature stuff, Kauai got lots of them. City guys will just get bored. Kauai is the wetest spot on earth, so if rain bothers you, it's not your place. An umbrella would just make you look silly IMO on that island.

Also, like BIB said above. You are not really going to see the lava flows. Volcano National park is great. The feeling you have is like you are on the edge of earth's crust, how insignificant humans are on earth, and how you can be swallowed up just like that. The park is not for people who have breathing problems. We would go again, because I think it's a whole day event. There are people who go at night and see the flows glow from a far distance. Never had time for that when we were there the first time.
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Check out a website "www.vrbo.com" -- go to "hawaii" and then "big island"..... cheap, beachfront, private units fully loaded not a cramped hotel room over priced. Hotel rooms average $2-$300 a night. One of thse units can be as low as $60 for a condo or cottage. Check it out. Click the image to open in full size.
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Sorry to go off topic OP, but I'm heading to Oahu next week and wanted to check with the locals,

I'm trying to find a good tattoo shop, anyone know of any?
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i live in kona. kona village resort is the tropical island hut you're looking for, but with a big price tag. some b&b in puako or kealakekua might work.. try google.
best of luck and enjoy the island.
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