We recently returned from a weeks stay at the Mauna Lani. My husband visited shortly after it opened in 1983 (before we met). For 28 years he assured me this was the best snorkeling he had ever experienced - right from the hotel. We have had the opportunity to snorkel in Mexico, much of the Carribean, Punta Cana, and Key West. EVERY time he says it was BETTER at the Mauna Lani. So, escaping from this winter from Hell, I took my first trip to Hawaii. I had read many Trip Advisor reviews of the hotel expressing it was the "most Hawaiian" and many mentions of the snorkeling. So I did have pretty high expectations. They were met, on every level. Let me say, I'm not a Four Seasons kind of chick. I like casual, laid back and most of all convenient. It was all that and more. We woke up first day to outstanding "Ocean View" room, huge deck. Wonderful housekeeping. Friendly staff. They happily assisted me with a "day pass" to keep our existing room until 10:00PM due to red-eye flight home. This was such a convenience, we were able to snorkel all morning, pack at leisure, get cleaned up and have dinner before leaving for airport. Our room included buffet breakfast every morning which was very nice, but we were glad it was included with room rate as it was a little expensive. Parking was approx. $18/day but no charge for valet. Stunning grounds with fish ponds or nice walk to beach area where turtles swim. Sunny everyday and water temperature so warm we did not need wet suit.
By far the best feature for me was that I could stop by the Beach hut grab a snorkel and fins, walk 5 min to beach cove and snorkel! Everyday! It was beautiful, clear, quiet water with living coral and many colorful fish. I hate to say it but MY HUSBAND WAS RIGHT! Also, the Mauna Lani is home to Mauna Lani Sea Adventures. We conveniently walked the 5 min from room to our whale watching tour. Very relaxed, saw many whales and even took a "Bucket List" shot of a humpback breaching right next to the boat. See my review for them under activities. We did not use pools or hot tubs, although they looked inviting. Location was very convenient to all areas we wished to see. This was one of the best trips of my life. If we make it back to the Big Island, we would always stay at the Mauna Lani.
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