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Help in choosing lodging...

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Help in choosing lodging...

We've decided to stay in the Kohala area. We're looking at a couple different condos in the Mauna Lani area and Waikoloa. First, what is the driving distance between the two? I'm thinking the shopping and restaurant are more our style in the Waikoloa area. We're not really foodie type people and I'm getting the impression that the Mauni Lani area has more expensive and upscale type restaurants.

I'd love something that we could walk to the swimmable/snorkeling beaches from....do any of these allow for that? Currently on our consideration list are the following...

Golf Villas E-23 - http://www.vrbo.com/236344

Mauna Lani Fairways - http://www.vrbo.com/130036

Mauna Lani Palm Villas - http://www.vrbo.com/217017

Mauna Lani Terrace - http://www.vrbo.com/275638

Hali'i Kai 24D - http://portal.escapia.com/Unit/Details/72496

Hali'i Kai 12C - http://www.vrbo.com/123244

Hali'i Kai - http://www.vrbo.com/484440

Waikoloa Colony Villas - http://www.vrbo.com/32287

I'd love any input you can give on any of these listing or complexes in general.



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1. Re: Help in choosing lodging...

If the Waikoloa Villas are the condos I am thinking of that's a great location! (Between the Hilton and Marriott). The Marriott directly faces the beach and the Waikoloa Ville complex is just off to the edge of the beach. The snorkeling there is great but it is a little tricky (coral and rocks) on the side where the Villas are. Walk down the beach toward the Marriott to enter the water. If you swim out aways the water clears up. If you are a confident snorkeler, about 1/3mile out into the bay the fish activity is great! Parrots, rays, angels, sargent majors, trumpets...AND turtles! We have stayed at both the Hilton Waikoloan and the Outrigger Waikoloan (now the Marriott) several times. The King's Shopping Ct is across the street from the Marriott. The Big Island is our favorite!

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The Palm Villas and Mauna Lani Terrace are the closest to walkable to a really nice beach. All of the Mauna Lani properties come with a parking pass to the same beach and all are very nice properties.

Waikoloa is a short drive for shopping and restaurants.

Hawaii is our favorite island, too.

Edited: 1:23 pm, July 09, 2013
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Kolea is the condos between the Marriott and the Hilton. The Colony Villas are furthest away from shopping and restaurants and the ocean. Hali'i Kai 24D is furthest away from the ocean at Hali'i Kai. The unit is larger than 12C. 12C is one of the closest units to the ocean. The third Hali'i Kai unit you list is in the same area as 24D and has the same floor plan.

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4. Re: Help in choosing lodging...

The two resorts are a 10 minute drive between them.

No, the Mauna Lani isn't full of a bunch of expensive, upscale restaurants. There's the casual Napua at the Beach club, the various hotel and golf course options, and then one small shopping center which has a great casual Japanese place (Monstera), a Tommy Bahamas, Ruth's Chris, and a Just Tacos. That's it besides a smoothie bar and good grocery (Foodland Farms).

Waikoloa Beach is much more built up and has a lot more restaurant choice, including food courts and the upscale Roy's plus the many (not very good) restaurants at the Hilton and the Marriott restaurant which is mediocre. There's also the overpriced Lava Lava Beach club which has a great oceanfront setting but not very good food or service.

The big advantage to staying at the Mauna Lani is the parking pass mentioned which gives you drive up access to one of the best snorkeling beaches in the state, Makaiwa Bay. There's also the lovely Honoka'ope and Pauoa beaches within the resort. Waikoloa Beach has Anaeho'omalu which isn't a great beach.

Of the condos you listed in WB, the Halii Kai is by far the best IMO in terms of just about everything and is my favorite complex in Waikoloa Beach although Kolea has better beach access and they are beautiful units. You can actually walk to Honoka'ope Bay from the Halii Kai, about 20 minutes along a lava shoreline/cliffside path.

If it were me, though, I'd choose the Palm Villas every time because of the more beautiful (IMO), Hawaiiana and serene Mauna Lani area and easy access to Makaiwa Bay.

Edited: 2:46 pm, July 09, 2013
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5. Re: Help in choosing lodging...

thank you everyone. Now to decide! :)


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