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Volcano national parl - pride of aloha

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kowkitty

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#1
Okay, so we have decided to spend the extra cash and get a balcony stateroom. It's our first trip to Hawaii so its worth it. We are very excited about seeing the volcanos!! Does the ship offer a tour to the volcano or do we have to make our own way there? That's the one thing we don't want to miss, everywhere else we will be happy just hanging on the beach!
Thanks
Jackie
PS anything else we should not miss?
 
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Cruizer

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#2
kowkitty Wrote:
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> Okay, so we have decided to spend the extra cash
> and get a balcony stateroom. It's our first trip
> to Hawaii so its worth it. We are very excited
> about seeing the volcanos!! Does the ship offer a
> tour to the volcano or do we have to make our own
> way there?

The ship does offer tours. You need to download the PDF file with the tour info. See the link below ...

http://164.109.173.140/shorex/downloads/tours/hi_palohaamerica_tour_2005.pdf

> PS anything else we should not miss?

Yes, the ship!
 
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tg_lindo

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#3
If you plan in advance thru the rental company, getting a car at nearby Hilo airport is pretty easy. Alamo/National, for example, will pick you up at the pier in a courtesy van, and return you after (just be VERY clear on the time of the last van back to the pier).

The drive to Volcano park is easy and relatively speedy on well-maintained state roads - appx 30 miles I think. A year ago, Hilo also had the lowest gas prices we encountered in the islands (but still higher than most mainland locations). The benefit of this plan is you can experience the park to your personal level of interest and exertion. For example, we picked up picnic-style finger food en rotue, then hiked the Kilauea Iki trail: aorund, down into, across, and back up a lava crater from the 1952 eruption. It's moderately strenuous, so no organized tour is going to so this. This is just one example.

Keep in mind that the lava floes are often miles from the main roads in the park, over difficult terrain. Nonetheless, there is a lot to see, smell (sulfur vents) and feel (steam vents) at this unique place.

Lastly, by all means (!!) follow safety warnings. This is not a theme park! Putting oneself in dangerous circumstances could have serious consequences.
 
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lisalovlee33

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#4
I would recommend you do it on your own. If you like volcanos, make sure you go to Haleakala in Maui. I think it's much more beautiful than the Volcano National Park (where you probably would just be driving a loop and some very short hikes). Read my review on Pride of America.. it has tonnes of info.. but do consider Haleakala