We visited the Big Island during a very memorable day trip from Maui, flying to Hilo. There we rented a car, and
travelled up over the mountain and back down again to visit the site of the active volcano. This is very doable, but
it whetted our appetite for another trip to this island that remains largely undeveloped. I have been gathering information
from friends, and recording it below.
The island does not have natural beaches, as on Maui, so the resorts have carved them out of the volcanic rock.
The developed resorts are reached best by flying to Kona, and then heading north along the coast from there. The volcanoes
are best reached by flying to Hilo (the wetter side of the island). Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Here is what one family did on a trip during the summer of 2004:
Carsons' Volcano Cottage. Telephone: 808-967-7683. A rather spartan place, recommended only because
of the location near the active volcano. The cabins are not recommended -- reminiscent of the bygone days in the North
Woods -- but the lodge is a better bet. http://www.carsonscottage.com/