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Sea Mountain Relaxation

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A December 2003 trip to Hilo by TheAllens

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Our trip is taking us to Sea Mountain Resort, about 30 miles west of Volcano National Park, on the island of Hawaii.

Sea Mountain Relaxation

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Sea Mountain Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is Hawaii, and it can't get much better than that. When on the Big Island, I enjoy visiting Volcanoes National Park. We were able to go there on three different days, since we spent two weeks on the island. The park gives you the choice of taking a drive around the crater, driving to the end of Chain of Craters Road, or hiking on any of the many trails. Of course, water activity goes without saying. Since this is the island with a very active volcano, some of the coastline is quite rugged. Take a drive and you will come across some good beach spots.Quick Tips: A tip for shopping is to stop in Hilo at the Safeway. It is in a shopping center about a mile west of the airport at 111 E....Read More

Diamond Resorts Sea Mountain

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Hotel | "Sunterra Resorts Sea Mountain"

Diamond Resorts Sea Mountain Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:The resort is only 30 miles from the entrance to Volcano National Park and adjacent to one of the few black sand beaches located in Hawaii.Best Things About the Resort:The timeshare is located away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The closet town is about 5 miles away. There is a golf course at the resort and a black sand beach adjacent.Resort Experience:The resort is located about 50 miles west of Hilo, and about 30 minutes west of the Volcano National Park. It is more desirable to arrive in Hilo as it is only about an hour to the resort as opposed to around two hours from Kialua-Kona. The buildings are almost all built the sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2003

Diamond Resorts Sea Mountain
95-788 Ninole Loop Road
Punalu'u, Kona, Hawaii 96777
(808) 928-6200

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Attraction | "Volcano National Park"

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an experience not to be missed. This is truly nature at work building land on a daily basis. The park entrance is 30 miles west of Hilo and 95 miles east of Kailua-Kona. Regular national park entrance fees apply and your pass is good for 5 days. Stop first at the visitor center and take a look at any information there relating to current eruption activity. Be sure to visit the Volcano House, which is Hawaii’s oldest hotel, having opened its doors in 1860. Step out of the hotel's back door and get a close-up view of Kilauea Caldera. Kilauea Caldera is almost 3 miles across and 400 feet deep. Eleven-mile Crater Rim Drive encircles the caldera. Halemaumau...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2003

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highway 11
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000

Kailua-Kona Day Trip

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Restaurant Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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A nice, scenic drive is found in a day trip to Kailua Kona. The drive is about 65 miles and takes about 90 minutes. You will pass through Na’alehu, just about 8 miles west, where a good place to stop is the Punaluu Bakery. On the Saturday we were there they were having their grand re-opening. The shop and grounds have been remodeled and now have a very nice outdoor eating area behind the bakery shop. The bake shop is known for its sweet bread. Stop by the old theatre in town and take a quick tour inside. There are some very good exhibits depicting early theatre operations in Hawaii. A new Mexican restaurant is located at the entrance to the theatre. Adriana’s serves good Mexican food for a very...Read More

Hilo Day Trip

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Hilo Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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About an hour east of Sea Mountain is the town of Hilo. The road is relatively straight, compared to the route to Kona, going up the mountain to the Volcano and then down the other side into town. Hilo has a variety of attractions, including Banyan Drive, where celebrities and dignitaries from around the world, including Babe Ruth, President Franklin Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Richard Nixon, have planted numerous large banyan trees. These trees date back to the 1930s. You can stroll under their canopy of leaves and root system and enjoy their beauty. Just off Banyan Drive is Lili’uokalani Gardens, a park with formal Japanese-style gardens. Along the paths are pagodas and bridges cr...Read More