Spent the first week in October 2011 in this outstanding place - safely placed in a gated community. High ceilings, rich woods, radiant stove tops, comfortable 3 bedroom two bath ground floor unit. Unit is in perfect condition, very clean. Every day was 85 degrees or more, rain cloud showed up all around but the breeze blowing in from the ocean through the pass between the volcanoes kept the rain at the complex away. The grounds are superb - these condos were million dollar+ 3 years ago, and the grounds are kept up to par to reflect this kind of value.
The clubhouse is beautiful with a fitness centre, towels, wonderfully luxurious chaise lounges, always cool pool - water was so clean.
The beach is separated from the condo complex by a fence and an ecological reserve, but is a 3 minute walk from the pool. Turtles on the beach. Very protected cove so very little to no surf.
I really went to scuba dive and was delighted by the quality of the diving there. Caribbean diving requires deeper dives to get to undamaged coral - tough to dive deeper than 45 feet at Kolea - but it didn't matter. Undamaged, untouched coral starting at 15 feet, with swim throughs, sharks, eels, a zillion fish, clear, warm (82 degrees - the temp all year round) no current, very little swells or chop, and because the there is lots to see at shallow depths, your dive computer is almost unnecessary - you'll run out of air before you run out of time. The dive operator right on the beach is not cheap - $135 for two dives - but very friendly, relaxed but pro dive company. Would dive with them again. This place is especially appealing to beginning or nervous divers - no real technical diving possible. Not the place for deep or wall dives, but the coral and ocean life is great. Turtles, rays, some unique fish.
Beach provides easy access to excellent snorkeling - the bay contains a lot of fish.
Great upscale restaurants and shops 10 minutes from the front gate. The Marriott next door has excellent food - a big luau most nights, and a very friendly bar with a spectacular view of the grounds. The Sheraton the other way - a 20 minute walk along a spectacular ocean view in front of multi-million dollar homes - is so large it has its own canal and boats, and its own airconditioned transit system.
There is a dolphin encounter and show facility, huge gardens, lots of pools, a lot of restaurants.
Golf courses close by, and huge miniputt at the Sheraton.
This whole area is a quiet, safe, upscale and beautiful paradise. Great for a couple of guys to leave the family at home to golf, play tennis, dive. A great family place for kids of all ages (the lanai has its own little yard) and safe.
Kona features big box stores, other diving venues, a funky beach village and bazaar. Most of the stores seemed to be having trouble so cheap shopping. The island does not have the intensity of Honolulu - a lot of the shore line is iron shore and jagged volcanic stone, so not the huge attractions that the other islands with big beaches have. Kona coffee is very good.
An excellent quieter type of vacation in paradise.
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- Kolea Beach Villas, the only villa resort with direct beach access in the exclusive Waikoloa Beach Resort is reserved for those seeking privacy and privilege while on vacation. Resort amenities include an infinity pool, jet spa, mini-lagoon pool for the kids, Health Hale fitness cabana, and the Kolea Beach Club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kolea At Waikoloa Beach Hotel Waikoloa
- Outrigger Waikoloa
- Waikoloa Outrigger