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... of how and what can be done here on the Big Island so we’ve sussed out some things in Kona for ourselves.
In fact we should have been doing this all along but had been lulled into a false sense of surety about what and where to go. If it isn't either within 100 metres of the hotel or something to do with flying, Antek doesn't appear to be interested. Indeed, we had been advised that it was not wise to book anything at all in advance in case our flight ...
... Swam beyond the reef to check out why several swimmers seemed to be just hanging around in the middle of nowhere and soon realised why. Large numbers of spinner dolphins were cruising around, many mums with young, apparently hanging around the sheltered bay during the day to rest before going out to open (more dangerous) waters for night time feeding. So close to so many dolphins! Dolphins swam around us, some surfacing for a breath only a meter away, and ...
... peoples to help them fully utilize the land and the sea. These people set up farmlands and harvested fresh water near the shore. They also set up ingenious fish ponds and traps using rocks and sand barriers to trap the fish as they came in from the sea. Various traps allowed the people to catch fish of all sizes, sort them by size and maturity and use them when they were at full-size.
We refer to their Visitor’s Center as the lonely ...
... has covered in recent years. We saw a lava tube that the park service had to cut through in order to make the road. It was nowhere near as big as Thurston but it was still fascinating to see. I wonder how many people just drive the road without ever noticing this lava tube .
We stopped at the Mau Loa O Mauna Ulu Overlook. In the distance we should have been able to see Mauna Ulu but I think the clouds were covering it. Still the views ...
Back at the condos, Levi made everyone some cabbage soup with ginger cooked into it. This helped settle everyone's stomach, and forget that we drank a gallon of salt water when the waves rolled over our snorkels.
Everyone passed out and went to bed except for Josh, Sam, Jarryd, and I. As is tradition, I smoked them in a game of hearts, shooting the moon in the opening hand. We were all so exhausted, we barely finished the game.
How has this condo rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.