Ellen’s condo was accurately described but better than pictured. She was so understanding and helpful with our reservation.The condo was clean and roomy, beds comfy with a spacious master bath. The grounds were very well maintained. The pool and hot tub area were very nice with a lovely view. Golf discount-great.
If you don't want to buy 'volume' food at Costco, go up to Waikoloa Village, about 15 min., and shop at the KTA market there, prices are reasonable.
A-bay is OK for swimming but too murky for snorkeling. Great snorkeling at Kahalu’u Beach Park. Rocky entry but worth it. Use Rte 11, turn right on Kamehameha III Dr. then rt.on Ali’i. Also, Kaunaloa Beach at the Mauna Kea Resort is great. 40 parking spaces for guests so get there early. When the walking path ends at the beach, turn right and go toward the cliff under the hotel-lots of fish. Hapuna Beach is also lovely. A spectacular beach is Kikaua Point beach near the Four Seasons just north of the airport off Ka’upulehu Rd with public parking. Snorkeling near the City of Refuge is also outstanding.
Drive the upper road, Rte 180 above Kona, to the painted church, St. Benedict’s. We ate a good lunch at Annie’s restaurant and they told us how to go the rest of the way. We had a priest friend with us and he enjoyed the Mass very much. Hawaiian Mass is Sunday at 8am. Allow plenty of time to get there!
Good snorkel cruise is Body Glove, loads of spinner dolphins. The boat looked new, extremely clean and well-kept.
The road north through Hawi to the end of the road is well worth it. Eat lunch at the Bamboo rest. in Hawi. On the way back, take the Forest Rd. from Hawi through cattle country down to Waimea , very nice views.
Dolphin Quest at the Hilton was fantastic.
We’ve used VRBO before but this was the nicest condo we’ve stayed in, thanks again, Ellen.