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Nine Climates on one Big Island

A January 2004 trip to Waikoloa by isobella23

Quote: A chance to watch a new island being created, share in a water dance with green sea turtles, experience the mesmerizing power of the ocean exploding at the precipice of the world, and so much more, all on one magical island - Hawaii.

Nine Climates on one Big Island

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Overview

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Some of the best things to do in Hawaii require nothing more than a car, good footwear, and water. One of the most dramatic places to spend an hour or a day is Laupahoehoe Point Park, just north of Hilo. Most visitors to Hawaii never venture down the steep, no-shoulder, knife-edge lane to experience the power of the sea's crescendos against the craggy lava-created earth. Once you've been there, you'll never forget it. Laupahoehoe speaks of extreme power and tragedy and is hauntingly mesmerizing. And it gives you a sneak peek of Waipi'o Valley. I never visit Hawaii without going there. Another must-see is the lava flow at the earth's edge just at dusk. You experience living geography, but be aw...Read More

Aston Shores at Waikoloa

Hotel | "Shores at Waikoloa"

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The Shores are a wonderful place to call home for a week or more while exploring Hawaii. We had a one-bedroom unit on the end, with a couple of resident cats joining us for coffee and breakfast on the patio in the morning. The grounds were very well kept, with beautiful flora; there were grills by the pool if you wanted them; and everything was very clean. After a day exploring the island, it was really nice to come back, relax with a local beer, and get cleaned up before heading out for dinner or cook a great fresh seafood meal and reminisce about the day. It is part of the Aston Hotels and Resorts family. See www.astonhotels.com.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Aston Shores at Waikoloa
69-1035 Keana Pl.
Waikaloa, Hawaii 96738
(808) 886-5001

Snorkeling

Attraction

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The Big Island isn't known for its snorkeling or scuba, but there are a few good spots. I really enjoyed the snorkeling in Cook's Bay, even though it can be a challenge getting into the water. The best bet, I've been told, is to kayak to Cook's Memorial and snorkel in that area. You will see a lot of the standard tropical fish, but if you're patient, you will be rewarded with a hypnotic ballet of green sea turtles.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Snorkeling
South of Kona, Hawaii
Waikaloa, Hawaii