Budget Outdoors in Hawaii



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This economy doesn't do much for the pocketbook, especially when traveling somewhere as notoriously pricy as the Big Island. Luckily, there is still a way to experience Hawaii's gorgeous outdoors without breaking the bank. When planning a budget trip to Hawaii, it is important to remember that you are most likely going to need a car to get around, and that in itself can eat up money. With a car, however, you can see the island on your own terms and get to all of the spectacular (and free!) sightseeing available. With that in mind, remember that most of this trip is built around adventures on your own two feet – do not forget your hiking boots and lots of water. There are a couple of expenses, but they are limited to truly spectacular things to do. Your hotels may not be luxurious, but they are locally run and known for their budget-conscious quality, wonderful places to rest your head after a long day of volcano hiking. In terms of food, I would recommend visiting local grocery stores and stocking up on bread, cheese, salami, and other portable foodstuffs for lunches – you’ll save $$$ if you pack them yourselves, allowing you to explore local food and nightlife at night.

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Pescatore

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235 Keawe Street
Kamuela, HI 96720

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tel: 808-969-9090
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Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park

Location:

Highway 19
(between mile markers 90 and 91)
Honoka'a, HI 96740

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tel: 808-974-6200


Humuula Trail

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Location:

Keanakolu Rd
Hilo, HI 96743

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tel: 800-GOHAWAII
fax: 808-924-0290
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Ahalanui Beach Park

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Highway 137 (Red Road)
Between MacKenzie State Park & Isaac Hale Beach Park
Big Island of Hawaii, HI 96778


Day 1 - Volcano


Your first day should be dedicated to getting off the plane, renting a car, finding and checking into your hotel, and finding out about local grocery options. Your first hotel, Carson’s Volcano Cottages, includes breakfast everyday, helping lessen your food costs. Also, don’t forget to take them up on their afternoon refreshments. Explore the hotel and vicinity, and perhaps take a dip in the hot tub.


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Carson's Volcano Cottages

Location:

113920 6th St
Mauna Loa Estates
Volcano, HI 96785

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tel: +1 808 967 7683
fax: 808/967.8094
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Day 2 - Hawai'i, Waikoloa


As this is a budget outdoors trip, strap on your hiking boots, eat a big breakfast at Carson’s and venture off to your hike of the day. If you consider yourself an experienced hiker, you must try the Crater Rim Trail. It is a long, challenging 11 mile loop – don’t forget food and water – that WILL take you all day. You can expect hot and dry conditions, as well as potential sulfur fumes – asthmatics be warned. BE CAREFUL and stay on the trail, as the National Park Service website reminds you “Falling on lava can result in severe wounds”. After such a long day, ht up Volcano's Lava Rock Cafe. Locals eat here, and unless you're absolutely dying for foie gras, there's nothing better than a burger and milkshake after your trek.


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Crater Rim Trail

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Crater Rim Dr
Hawai'i, HI 96718

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tel: 808-985-6000
fax: 808-985-6004
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Volcano's Lava Rock Cafe

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Old Volcano Road
(behind Kilauea General Store)
Waikoloa, HI 96785

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tel: +1 808 967 8526
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Day 3 - Kapaau, Waikoloa


For Day Three, check out the nature along the Puu Oo Trail. The scenery and natural wonder is amazing, and you have a chance to take a dip in a waterhole along the way. Lots of birdwatching and cooler temperatures are a nice respite from yesterday’s aridness. Stay warm and pay attention to the trail, you may get lost. For dinner, grab some stir fry at Thai Thai.


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Puu Oo Trail

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Hwy 11
Kapaau, HI 96718

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tel: 800-GOHAWAII
fax: 808-924-0290
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Thai Thai Restaurant

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19-4084 Old Volcano Rd
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Waikoloa, HI 96785

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tel: 808-967-7969
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Day 4 - Kainaliu


Today, we move and explore the other side of the Island. You have a three hour drive on your hands, so turn on some music and enjoy the scenery. Your new hotel, Uncle Billy’s, is a locally run operation, so be sure to ask for tips on what to see and do (breakfast is also included). Once you arrive and check in, explore Kona and grab dinner at Merriman’s, a local institution.


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Merriman's

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65-1227 Opelo Rd
Opelo Plaza
Kainaliu, HI 96743-2349

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tel: 808 885 6822
fax: 808 885 8756
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Day 5 - Honaunau, Laupahoehoe


Today’s adventure is for fitness and history buffs alike. In Kealakekua Bay Historical Park, you can snorkel, rent a Kayak, and visit the monument to Captain James Cook. After dinner, get ready for one of the more expensive but more exciting parts of your trip – Sea Paradise’s Manta Night Experience! Rated as one of the “Top 10 Things to Do in Your Life”, it will set you back a bit of money, but may be the perfect splurge for your trip.


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Kealakekua Bay Historical Park

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Pu'uhonoa Road and Highway 160
Honaunau, HI 96750

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Sea Paradise

Location:

PO Box 390159
Keauhou Bay
Laupahoehoe, HI 96739

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tel: +1 808 322 2500 / +1 800 322 5662
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