and used Garmin on the Big Island and Oahu. It took us without fail to every location we wanted to go to. In my opinion it saved hours and hours of driving around and trying to get to them by using a map. Anyone going to Hawaii should either take one with them or get one with the rental car. Don't leave home for Hawaii without one.....
Thanks for the report. We are planning a trip to the Big Island in the spring. Besides the volcano, what were your favorite places?
On the Big Island be sure to hit:
Waipio Valley: N20 07.077 / W155 35.345
Kalopa Park: N20 02.259 / W155 26.270
Pretty areas with some hiking East and South (respectively) of Kamuela.
Kealakekua Bay---snorkeling and kayaking with the spinner dolphins...
Black Sand Beach
Place of Refuge
South Point....quite an adventure....
Mauna Kea---top of the world and star gazing
Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory...
Coffee Shack for Breakfast or Lunch.
Holualoa Cafe----Dinner....in an artsy neighborhood in the town of the same name.
To many things to do and places to list...
We used the new Lonely Planet Guide..(Hawai'i The Big Island0 for our trip. Another good one is (Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook) ...
Have fun...I am jealous...
I was on the big island a couple of years ago. I can't remember what the car rental places were charging for GPS rental, but I do remember it was very pricey. It's a MUCH better idea to take your own unit with you.
One of my favorite spots was at the top of Mauna Kea. If you go there in the winter, (Jan-Mar) there's lots of snow, so you can make snowmen and throw snowballs
It's kind of strange to be at 85 degrees on the beach under palm trees, and then after a 2 to 3 hr drive, you're in the snow and it's 30 degrees.
Welcome back. I bet you had a great time. Haven't been there in 25 yrs, but would like to go back some day.
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