Tips For Planning The Perfect Kona Hawaii Vacation

January 23, 2008 by  
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Have you recently decided that you would like to vacation in Kona, located on the great Hawaiian Island of Big Island? If so and if this is your first time planning a Hawaiian vacation, you may be looking for some guidance. After all, many tourists want to make sure that their vacations are just how they imagined them to be.

The first step in planning the perfect Kona Hawaii vacation involves making all necessary travel arrangements. To do this first, it is important to have anticipated travel dates in mind. Once you know when you would like to travel to Hawaii and for how long, you can get started with making your travel plans. These travel plans should include your Hawaii airline reservations, car rental reservations, and your overnight accommodations.

Speaking of overnight accommodations, it is important to know that you have an unlimited number of options. Many Kona vacationers prefer staying in vacation rentals, as opposed to hotels and vacation resorts. You should consider doing the same. Whether you stay at a Kona vacation home, condo, apartment, cottage, or villa, you may enjoy many of the freedoms you gain access to, as well as many of the home like features. When examining Kona vacation rentals, including Kona vacation homes, be sure to closely examine rental features, rules and restrictions, as well as costs.

After travel arrangements have been made, vacationers, such as yourself, are encouraged to focus on activities. Ensuring that a vacation isn’t filled with one moment of boredom is the best way to have a great time. Hawaii, as well as Kona in particular, is filled with an unlimited number of activities that you and your traveling party are sure to enjoy. These activities, a few of which are highlighted below, are easy to research and examine with the use of the internet and Hawaii travel guides.

Adults visiting Kona Hawaii may enjoy a diving adventure. Scuba diving, as well as snorkeling, are two popular Hawaiian activities. For experienced divers, guided tours and rental stations are conveniently located along popular beach areas. Inexperienced divers can use their vacation as an opportunity to learn a new hobby. Diving companies, many of which provide lessons, are easy to find in Hawaii. For families vacationing together, Hawaii cruises should be examined. Kona is home to a number of day and dinner cruises, many of which are perfect for individuals of all ages. The cruises offered by Dolphin Discoveries come highly rated and recommended.

In addition to examining Kona Hawaii activities, it is also important to do the same with attractions. In many areas of Hawaii, including Kona, history is left intact. The best way to have the perfect vacation in Kona is to get out and experience the land, its history, and all that it has to offer. As with Hawaii activities, Kona attractions are easy to examine with the use of the internet or travel guides. To get you started, a few popular Kona Hawaii attractions that come highly rated and recommended are outlined below.

Adults visiting Kona Hawaii may enjoy visiting the Kona Brewing Company. There, you can not only eat a nice dinner or have a night out on the town, but you can also take a tour of the brewery and sample drinks! A family friendly attraction in Kona Hawaii is that of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Park. Situated on over one thousand acres of land, there is so much for everyone to do and see, including hike, visit Hawaiian places of worship, and view fishponds.

As highlighted above, there are a number of steps that you should take to properly plan for and prepare for your upcoming Kona Hawaii vacation. As a recap, these steps include making all of your travel arrangements, namely your Kona vacation rental reservations well in advance of your trip and examining popular Kona activities and attractions. By properly implementing these easy steps before your trip, your next vacation to Kona is sure to be just as how you imagined it.

The Hawaii Honeymoon

January 14, 2008 by  
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Jared Moran asked:

Where in Hawaii can we expect to get the most for our money?

Ed Lee: Hawaii has a wide variety of accommodations in all price ranges including bed & breakfasts, hotels, and condominiums. The city of Waikiki has more hotels than condominiums and you can find a number of moderate hotels if you don’t mind staying three or four block from the beach. Maui, on the other hand, has more condominiums than hotel rooms. The moderately priced hotels and condominiums can be found in the southern region of Kihei. The Kihei properties are conveniently located across the street from the public beaches. Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii have fewer choices for moderate hotels and condominiums. The moderate hotels on Kauai can be found north of the airport in Lihue along the coconut coast of Kapaa. The moderate hotels on the Big Island of Hawaii can be found in the Kailua Kona area on the western side of the island.

When is the best time of the year to go to Hawaii?

Ed: Hawaii is a great destination with warm and balmy weather most of the year. Rainfall varies with the location more than the season. The western and southern regions of the islands, the leeward side, have the driest and sunniest conditions with the calmest waters. The rainy season is from November to April. You will find stormy weather at times during the winter, but much of the rain consists of short daytime showers followed by rainbows.

Hawaii has several peak travel seasons, January – March, June – August, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. The highest prices and greatest travel demand are found during these peak travel seasons.

Do you have any favorite “hidden gems” in Hawaii?

Ed: You can find hidden gems on most of the Hawaiian Islands. The Outrigger Royal Kahana on Maui is good value that is located just north of the more expensive hotels on Kaanapali Beach. It is a condominium with a full kitchen in all units and is close to shopping, fine restaurants, and golf courses.

The Miramar at Waikiki is a moderate hotel on the island of Oahu with a great location. It is a few blocks from the beach and in the heart of Waikiki near shopping, restaurants, and public transportation.

The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort on The Big Island of Hawaii is a moderate hotel with a great location. Turtles and fish can be found in the tide pools and coral formations at the resort and it is a great place to snorkel. A replica of King David Kalakaua’s beach cottage and the remains of three heiau, ancient Hawaiian temples, can be found at the resort.

Hawaii has a number of smaller luxury hotels if you want to splurge for your honeymoon. The Whalers Cove on Kauai is small, secluded oceanfront hideaway located in the sunny Poipu area of the island. It is a condominium resort with spacious units and a cove that is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

The Hotel Hana Maui is a small, luxurious hotel in a remote town on the island of Maui. A private deck hot tub is offered in many of the Sea Ranch Plantation style cottages. The hotel offers yoga classes, horseback riding along the Hana Coast, a spa and much more.

The Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay Resort on the private island of Lanai is a secluded retreat of pristine natural beauty. The resort is perched above a white-sand beach that borders a protected marine preserve and features spectacular views of the ocean and Lanai’s dramatic coastline. The resort has an exclusive spa, outstanding dining venues, and luxury guest rooms.

Compared to Mexico or Tahiti, what makes Hawaii a special desination?

Ed: Hawaii is an exotic Polynesian destination that is a part of the United States. For American travelers, the demands of a foreign country such as a passport, currency exchange, a different language and culture are not found in Hawaii. The diversity of Hawaii with its great beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, sea cliffs, and the friendly mix of people make it a unique and exotic destination.

The Hawaiian Islands have many people that return to visit due to the stunning beauty of the islands, the diverse culture, and its rich history.

Where do celebrities like to stay?

The Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay was the honeymoon destination of Bill Gates and Melinda French. The Kona Village on the Big Island of Hawaii was the honeymoon choice of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook.

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii was the site of Lisa Marie Presley’s wedding to Nicolas Cage.

The Princeville Resort on Kauai is a favorite of celebrities such as Matt Leblanc.