While you are wandering around Kailua Town, you will stumble upon these storefronts offering assistance in planning for your vacation activities and tours. Shell Vacations has several in the Kona Inn shopping area, plus one in the Coconut Marketplace, another where Pancho & Lefty's is, as well as inside the King Kamehameha Beach Resort.
You will find the people managing these kiosk areas very helpful and informative about what to see and do on the Big Island. This is especially true if you've never been here before. And while they would be happy to book your activities at full retail, what they really want to do is book you for a tour of the Kona Coast Resort about five miles south of Kailua Town.
If you take them up on the tour and sales presentation, you will be expected to spend 90-120 minutes with them to learn about Shell Vacation Club and the benefits of timeshare ownership. While I am perhaps one of the greatest advocates for timeshare ownership and vacationing utilizing them for your lodging needs, I would never recommend that you make your purchase directly from a developer during one of these sales presentation.
Instead, you would be much better off researching timeshare ownership and buy via the resale market either through eBay or a respected resale broker/agent. For more information about this, you may want to go to the Timeshare Users Group at www.tug2.net for access to the most valuable information you can find...and best of all...it's free!
I would encourage you, however, to have a strong resolve to say "NO" and still take them up on their timeshare sales presentation. We take advantage of them every opportunity we have, as time and scheduling permits. On this trip we received $150 for our time. Even better, with Shell and Big Island Adventures, when you take the tour they provide you with a "Diamond Discount" card which will save you a ton of money!
Here are some of the things that we did:
-Circle Island (Air) Tour with Island Hoppers - list price approx. $300, discounted price approx. $170 per person.
-Sunset Cruise with Body Glove - list price approx. $67, discounted price $30 per person.
-Waipi'o Valley Wagon Tour - list price approx. $55, discounted price $37 per person.
-There is also a dining discount card that they will give you which isn't much, but hey...every few bucks helps!