"we greatly enjoyed our stay at Kona Bali Kai resort. Lynn, the owner, was very helpful and his information was bang-on!! Condo was clean and nicely upgraded and the location was perfect..fairly close to the downtown area but just far enough out that you were out of the downtown hustle and bustle and still close enough to take advantage of all Kona had to offer. had surfers put a show on daily right out our lanai, from 6 am to dusk.... Pool, hot tub, and Poke shack restaurant at complex are all great. Lots of sea life all along the coast and so many fish, turtles, and sea life right below our lanai that we were exploring daily right outside our door!! we toured most of the island and can't say enough about the abundance of activities the big island has to offer! we had 3 families in our group with the youngest a five year old, and we went hard for ten days...with everyone included...the island has something for everyone!!
we would recommend a car rental for the duration of your stay. be kind to yourself and pick it up at the airport and drop it off there on your way out...keep things simple..you're on holidays!!
Must see items for us:
Volcano park - be kind to yourself and stay overnight if possible...so much to see and do here that one day doesn't do it justice.
Waipio lookout and black sand beach - tough hike down and much tougher going up, but the black sand beach below is worth the effort. A one of a kind experience again, watch the surfers or just walk the beach..but don't forget your camera!!
Hwy 200 between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa - An otherworldly experience in the moonscape between these two peaks. highway is fantastic and the sights are like no other. many options for hikes and pics of different lava types and vegetation here. at the end is city of Hilo and all the culture and activities there.
Kohala Coast - with its white sand beaches, this area is great for the families with boogie boarding and body surfing, and all the sun and white sand. picture perfect!!
Green Sand beach- very walkable from parking area - about 45 min but bring good footwear and lots of water. also very windy everywhere here so be ready for a lot of sand, etc in face and eyes. beach is one of a kind so a must-do for us. we paid locals to drive us to beach..$100 for 10 of us was worth it. great surf beach but not great for unattended young kids. stop at coffee stop on road back to hwy...
read Lynn's newsletter- most valuable!!"
Guest: allan R.
Date of Stay: March 2016
Review Submitted: March 31, 2016