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The last two days of our trip we took some time to relax after a busy couple of weeks. We went to Hapuna beach, reported to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA and spent a day at the pool side. I did however find time for another surfing lesson as conditions had improved. ...
... a Cosmo mag (which was $3!!!!). We had a quick late afternoon nap, and then got picked up for our Manta Ray snorkel at 7.10pm. A man on a little golf buggy came to take us down to the dock, which is not very far from the hotel. We were given a wetsuit for our top half, flippers, a snorkel, and a noodle (used horizontally under your waist to keep you as still as possible). The boat we were going out on is called ...
... shopping place around 6.
We had dinner at a Thai restaurant not too far from Kona. Then we went to the Sheraton hotel near Kona to see the manta rays. For some reason, there were a few big manta rays in the ocean by the Sheraton. We only got a glimpse of one, as it was too dark. We saw some people doing night snorkeling there. It looked like fun. I wish I had the guts to do it ....
Got back to our condo by 9:30. Another day in paradise :-)
... then we have campus worship followed by class. We have lunch, workout (getting fit and strong for our hiking while on outreach), work duty (our work duty involves gardening and maintenance around the campus), dinner, and then preparation and planning for outreach. So that's what my week looks like for the most of it! I guess with all the pictures (if you have seen them on my Facebook) you may have wondered what I'm really even doing here but I promise you this week has really ...
... top of the mountains on Hawaii, no ski lifts or anything so people drive their cars up and ski down. Being so high the island generates its own weather so it can be blue sky all round but the mountains will be shrouded in mist and cloud.
In all it was a really interesting tour and Grant told us all about the Gods and the native Hawaiian beliefs behind the landscape and the volcanoes.
Tomorrow it is woo-hoo to Oahu!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kona Magic Sands Kailua-Kona
We stayed at the Magic Sands in the first week of November, 2004 in unit 202. Other reviewers are correct, the location is fantastic and the price is reasonable (we paid $110/night including the required cleaning fee). However, I think that you could probably find better value in Kona.
Our unit, while quite large for 2 people, was very worn. The furnishings were not only dated, they were not in good condition. One of the couches had rips in each of the three cushions, on each side of each cushion. That said, the unit was very clean and mostly comfortable.
We didn't spend too much time in the unit during our stay, mostly daytripping to the volcanoes and beaches, so the condition of the unit wasn't a drawback for us. But be warned if you have dreams of the idyllic Hawaiian vacation spot right on the ocean. As anywhere else, you get what you pay for.
Can't beat the location
Our family stayed in 301 & 302 for 4 nights in Sept. Granted the interiors were older and a little worn but they were clean and the location couldn't be beat. Viewing sea turtles and other sea life from the lanai was a great way to start the day, and playing in the surf next door was a wonderful way to end the day. Parking was never an issue and easy use of the on site laundry facilities came in handy. We would definitely stay here again due to location and price.
Beautiful room and view!
I usually stay at the Kona Tiki, which I love, but this time I decided I wanted a TV and phone, as I was traveling alone, for the first time. I chose unit 304, as I had stayed at the Magic Sands many years ago, and knew what I wanted. I was expecting a kind of funky room, based on a previous review of a different room. I also brought my own coffee making supplies, based on that review.
The room and lanai were beautiful and very clean, with lots of white tile, and no carpet to get dirty. The only drawbacks were the king size bed mattress was not comfortable, however the sheets were soft. Also even though the coffee machine worked, it made very foul tasting coffee. It did make a great door stop! Also the air conditioner did not work, but there were plenty of fans.
I met the couple in #303, and got to see what their room was like. Their air conditioner worked, but the place was dumpy compared to mine.
I hope to take my boyfriend to stay there the next time I go, as he has only experienced the Kona Tiki...
Best location for the price
Just returned from five nights at the Magic Sands. The pluses are location and price. We paid $586 total, including tax and cleaning fees. We were in unit #302, on the top floor with a large lanai and gorgeous view of the Pacific. The crashing waves are LOUD and the sunsets are amazing. The beach is about 100 feet away and although it is small there is great body surfing, boarding and swimming. ONE CAVEAT: these units are small, and funky. Our unit, although perfectly clean, had peeling wallpaper, stained carpets, ancient sliding patio doors and the coffeemaker was broken. Do not stay here if you are the sort of person who requires new or up-to-date amenities. Bring your own pillowcases, maybe even a queen-size sheet as the bedding is cheap and scratchy and they use too much smelly fabric softener. Two people max. We did have working AC. This is a great place for the price and the location can't be beat. There are virtually no other beaches in Kona.
We stayed here over Christmas and New Year 2003. It was wonderful. We had a third floor room with a very large lanai. You can actually whale watch from your bed. The condo was clean and very big for it's price. I would highly recommend it and I hope to return someday soon!
Don't stay in #309!!!
we stayed at magic snds in 2 condo's...307 was great but 309 was a nightmare...it had no air condtioning...no hot water..lots of bugs (roaches)...everything was dirty....we will ask alot of questions for now on before we stay anywhere...
Affordable beachfront, but prepare to hear the wkend band
spent 4 days beginning on a sunday. our unit was immediately above jameson's restaurant. if you stay on a wkend, be prepared to hear a rock band play till 10p. otherwise, it's a great affordable place, bordered by beach park on both sides, convenient to dining and shopping, yet away from congestion of kailua town. the unit had some problems: missing bathroom window louvers, partly burned out kitchen fluorescent, kitchen faucet that wouldn't give cold water, and a phone that was barely audible in volume. didn't care for the $50 add-on cleaning fee. still, had a very enjoyable stay overall. loved the large covered lanai immediately overlooking the pounding surf, a great place to have breakfast.
THE MAGIC IS THERE....
If you go I suggest you book Room 310. It is very clean and decorated beautifully and being on the 3rd floor it is nice and airy...Sure there are stairs, but they are good for the bikini figure. The sound of that ocean just below your window will lull you to sleep...This Efficiency is small, but deserves its 5 star rating....You get really good views from the 3rd floor location.
What a delightful way to spend the week!
Just returned home from spending a week at the Kona Magic Sands. What a delight! Although the condo complex is many years old, it is clean, quiet and the views can't be beat. This complex doesn't just have ocean views, it is located on the ocean front! The entry doors face the street, so all of the units have floor to ceiling windows looking out over the ocean. It was such a pleasure to sip a cool drink while sitting on the lanai watching the sun set. Loved the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks below, lulled to sleep every night. The complex is centrally located between two beach parks, which offer swimming, snorkeling and surfing. The pool and lawn area were very nice and the laundry room was much appreciated, along with the assigned parking place. Found out that not all of the condo complexes in Kona offer a parking space for each unit! After staying on the third floor, guess the only drawback was NO elevator. But that could be a lesson learned, next time don't pack so much stuff for a beach vacation! That particular unit didn't have air conditioning, however, it had four ceiling fans, in the kitchen, bath, dining and sleeping areas. Would defininitely stay there again.
Very nice, but small
The Kona Magic Sands is a wonderful condominium complex right on th water! On Alii drive, just a few minutes from town. When I visited in 1995, the restuarant was closed (jameson's by the sea had become Jamesons in the sea!)
We loved the condo, but it was small. we were on a honeymoon, and it was just us two, so that wasn't so bad, but these are studio condo units, so don't plan on extra folks.
The pool was wonderful, your just around the corner from great snorkeling, and the sunsets were wonderful. The unit I stayed in was very inexpensive, 41 dollars a night then, plus tax. I recommend this complex to any people that are interested in a nice quiet, well maintained place, with absolutely stunning views.