A March 2004 trip
to Kona by TRAVEL HYPE
Quote: This was a retirement celebration for a co-worker/friend and myself. We spent it in a beautiful spacious two-bedroom villa with best ocean view on the Island. The resort had some of the most beautiful and unusual floral views I have ever seen. You must come check out this resort.
Hotel | "Kona Hawaiian Village by the Sea"
We returned to the resort, friendly staff check us into our villa, were we ever surprised. It was so spacious and well maintained. Stocked with everything we needed. The living room was comfortable; I loved the wall-to-wall sliding glass doors leading to the balcony, which provided a view of the beautiful blue ocean, across the street. We had a Jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom with a private door leading to the balcony. The balcony had a dinning area, underneath a ceiling fan to circulate the air on those hot days. There were also two chairs with a small table in the corner. We enjoyed peaceful morning breakfasts and watched the sunset as we enjoyed our home cooked dinners on the balcony. We prepared our dinners in the kitchen equipped to make cooking; easy work and clean ups were a snap with the handy dishwasher. We were even able to wash our clothes before we left because our villa was equipped with a washer and dryer.
Maintenance was called to fix our dishwasher and a leaky air conditioner. They were fast and courteous; they fixed the problem with the dishwasher, but were not able to fix the leaky air conditioner. The grounds were well maintained and were beautiful although we had a problem with stray cats that took over our balcony. There were activities planned such as the Aloha Party, crafts, ukulele and hula lessons, and other activities.
On the second day of our visit, the concierge staff had a very informative session to provide information about island activities. I found this to be very helpful. Representatives were present to give details about the activities. The concierge staff was willing to HELP with booking activities for us. They offered to provide some activities for free, provided we attend a timeshare sales meeting, I refused the meeting and this is where my vacation went downhill. I was treated in a rude manner and when another staff person took over after I complained, my problems got worse. There was a mix up with two activities. The resort took steps to correct the first problem but the second error was charged to MY CREDIT CARD, to the tune of $118.74. Neither Roberts’ Tours nor Fairfield will take responsibility and I was charged for a service that was never rendered. This is a warning to confirm your own activities.
All in all, the retirement celebration was great.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2004
75-5841 Alii Drive
Attraction | "A DRIVE TO VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK"
Our first stop was to see the steam vents. They are formed when rainwater sink into the ground and is heated by rocks that are hot and steam is formed. I don't think I explained as scientifically as it happens, but it is a must see. Next we went to Thomas A. Jaggar Museum where we learned how volcanoes are formed and how their activity is monitored. We saw the charred boots worn by a geologist, whose job it was to monitor volcanic activity. Isn't that something? Just imagine the earth becoming that HOT. Our next journey took us to several sites of lava activity (Sept. 1974-Sept. 1982). We even ran into a group of college geology students. It was interesting to watch them gain knowledge as we did the same. Our final sight was a Rain Forest with beautiful foliage and the sounds of birds. Right in the middle of this Rain Forest was Thurston's Lava Tube. You can walk directly through the center of this dark tube that lava once to flowed through. This tube is dark and wet with tiny lights which helped you to see.
This is truly one of God’s miracles and you don't want to miss any of it. Well, I hope that we have given you a sample of what you can expect to see and piqued your interest to enjoy this experience. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2004
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
We arrived at Atlantis Submarine Office, located on Lai’i Drive and we were directed to the pier across the street, where experienced Atlantis staff met us with cheerful smiles. Each passenger was greeted and photographed prior to boarding the boat that took us to the dive site where the submarine was waiting. My friend and ex co-worker had experienced motion sickness in the past and was concerned about the boat trip to the submarine. They advised her to sit in the center of the boat and informed her that the trip would only take about ten minutes. By the time we completed the emergency instructions, the use of life vests, and instructed on how to board the submarine, we could see the submarine in near distance.
Boarding the Atlantis Submarine was a little tricky because both the boat and the submarine are moving to the ocean's waves. My heart raced with anticipation as each person filed onto the submarine and was seated back- to- back on either side of the submarine facing very large portholes. As we began to descend into the depths below, there was a magnificent view. The radio communication sounded a little like mission control when witnessing the launching of a space mission. After we reached a depth of 120 feet below sea level as designated on the submarine’s monitor, the water was bright with light as though the sun was shinning to the very bottom of the ocean. As the beautiful coral reef came into view, the guide began to point out various species of fish that also gave the appearance of glowing. I must say, it was breath taking although I have heard that it does not compare to diving or snorkeling. When the dive was over we started to ascend to the top as the radio communication started again. We stopped just short of surfacing and sent up a burst of air, which sends bubbles to the surface of the water indicating our position. Since this submarine does not have a telescope, it must rely on the boat above for clearance to surface. Surfacing felt like a cork floating to the top.
On the way back to the pier each passenger was presented with a copy of the photograph taken at the pier, also inside was a disk that contained valuable memories of our journey for $5.
Well, this was my adventure of one hour (35 minutes underwater) at a cost of $84 and it was the BOMB -- you should try it too. Next on to parasailing!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2004
2004 Atlantis Submarine Adventure
Near the King Kam Hotel