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by Chris & Carinne
January 8, 2012
From journal The Last State
December 27, 2004
The resort is not close to the major towns and shopping, but the necessities are available close by at a shopping center. We left in the car early each morning and headed out in a different direction each day. We saw the entire island in 4 days and put a lot of miles on the rental car. We were also invited to a timeshare presentation in exchange for luau tickets, which we attended in Kona.
From journal The Big Island of Hawaii
January 26, 2003
There are lots of things to do and see in the area but you will definitely need a car here. The Big Island has 10 of the 12 major climate zones all on the one island and you can drive from desert to rainforest in about 30 minutes!
Hilton Resort is like Disney-Hawaii and is a must-see! From the road, the Hilton complex wasn't very impressive but inside--WOW!!! We didn’t expect this--this is a mega resort (1200 rooms) on 62 acres. The scope is incredible and includes such things as gondolas, over a mile of waterways and lagoons, and a tram (Disney-style) to take guests to their rooms. They even have about a dozen dolphins for the guests to swim with
($150 per couple/$95 single). The lagoon leads to the ocean and is full of sealife, including sea turtles, manta rays, barracuda, moray eels, etc. What a place! Even a wedding chapel. You have to see this place to believe it!
Coffee Plantation & Pu’uhonua O’Honaunau:
Nearby resorts: Four Seasons Resort, Kona Village Resort, Hilton Resort
Hilo Helicoptor ride over Volcano
Fairwinds Snorkel Cruise
Evening luau at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona
Tropical Botanical Gardens in Kona
Pololu Valley Lookout near Hawi
Note: if you agree to a tour, you can get 50% off on booked activities such as Fairwinds, the luau or a helicoptor tour. We did and the tour was low key as promised - we saved hundreds of dollars on these tours!
The Waikoloa area has the King's Shops and some restaurants on property.
You can load up on groceries at the nearby Waikoloa Village Market 15 miles away (expensive) or stop for supplies at the Kona Costco or Safeway in Kona. We loved the Costco steaks! Kona is a 20-30 minute drive from Waikoloa (save time by making it your first stop from the airport - Costco is difficult to see from the highway, so get directions). If you want tourist-type stores, head for Kona -there is also an Outback Steakhouse in Kona!Best Things About the Resort:This coast of the Big Island was not what we expected. Several people had told us that this was their favourite island, but coming in by plane showed us a rather desolate black coast with little to see. Driving toward our resort gave a similar impression as you are driving through lava fields of black wasteland. Our daughter was obviously disappointed in what she was seeing--"Is the whole island like this?" It was an odd first impression.
Suddenly in the distance, you sight an oasis of green--Waikola! And what an oasis! The Bay Club is not the only resort here. There’s an Outrigger Hotel, golf courses, stores, a rather unimpressive looking Hilton and then the Bay Club. But what can I tell you about the Bay Club--only WOW!!!! This rates with any resort that we’ve ever stayed at.
The grounds are beautiful. There are waterfalls and tropical garden pathways throughout the resort. We had a 2-bedroom penthouse suite on the third floor, right across from the main pool and cafe, overlooking the golf course.
The unit was huge, measuring almost 2000 square feet! The place was gorgeous and all three of us were excited. Our daughter's comment--"That’s it,
I’m not leaving this place all week!"
It was tastefully decorated and the entire unit was immaculate! The full kitchen was galley-style and had everything we needed--we loved the Jenn-air grill and the ice-maker on the fridge door was useful. The washer-dryer in a small closet off the kitchen was also made good use of. The living room was large and had a 27-inch TV, a VCR, and a stereo CD player. Each of the bedrooms also had a 13-inch TV. The master bedroom was huge, with a queen bed and a large ensuite bathroom with fluffy towels, two sinks, a shower, and tub. The second bedroom was also large with twin beds and its own bathroom. The unit had central air. The wrap-around lanai was huge (about 600 square feet) with a wet bar and chaises lounges as well as a table and four chairs. It was heaven each morning sitting over breakfast, overlooking the golf course with the view of the mountains behind. The sunsets were breathtaking. We enjoyed the quiet pool area each night--it was right across from our third-floor unit. There was also a super exercise room right below us. All buildings have elevators. A maid service came midweek to clean and replenish supplies.
As the week progressed, we got pretty used to the lava scene on our day trips and by the end of the week, we loved the Big Island!
Resort Experience:This resort would be perfect if it were on the beach but there is a beautiful sandy beach for guest use just behind the Outrigger. The water was calm and inviting when we were there. There are chairs available and you can rent snorkel equipment, boogie boards, and so forth, here as well. It's an attractive setting with palm trees and lava rock.
The location is all right as long as you don't mind driving to everything you want to see or do. But this would be the case no matter where you stayed on the island.
The weather was great on our side of the island but, just a few miles down the road, you find rainforest--and you have to be prepared for rain! The sky may be blue with the sun shining up at the Bay Club, but you better check the weather on the Hilo side before setting out!
We decided that, if we had to drive to see anything anyway, then we preferred to stay on the sunny side of the island!
Overall, we were thrilled with the Bay Club and even considered purchasing a week!
From journal Four Glorious Timeshare Weeks in Hawaii
El Sobrante, California
November 25, 2002
I found myself driving around the entire island absolutely bored to tears. Night life is non-existant or quite boring. I would not recommend this place to vacationing families because the kids would go stir crazy and the parents would go ballistic!
From journal Big Island of Hawaii
Elizabeth, New Jersey
June 25, 2002
From journal Big Island should be Priority on your List.