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... and a lot of dolphins. After our dive, the dolphins swarmed our boat and flipped and played. There must have been 50 of them.
That night we met at the Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant for the prettiest sunset of our visit. We had dinner on the beach and left briefly for their 4th of July fireworks show. It was a lot of fun and really enjoyed getting to spend time with friends (old and ...
... those with us but stay within the confines of where God has
placed you. Boundaries are protective and for our good.
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1st December - Sunday
Up and on our way north, this time seeing the west coast with our new toys.
First stop was Puako, a nice beach, we went snorkeling but it wasn't real clear, we played with our cameras and this is a poor shot of a fish, this was taken with my camera, will try to do better. The water was quite rough and it was tough going and that's why the water was cloudy.
Puako beach ...
... sorry for dragging that on, its funnier in my head....like most things. We checked out some waterfalls and had to head home. We drove up and over a mountain called Mauna Kea to get back...pretty crazy drive. Sea level to 10,000ft ish and back down. The brakes in the Hyundai were destroyed on the way down....sorry Alamo...and Hyundai, if you are reading this....please put better brakes on the Elantra...I realize that its an economy car but ...
... reached out and touched it. As it fed, it circled under us in a continuous loop. As it came up under me, I could look in his huge mouth, straight down its throat, and see completely to the back of him! He arched backwards, and his gills were flapping right under us! Soon, his long tail passed right in front of our faces as his huge, gaping mouth was once again right under us. At times, we would be so focused on watching one manta ray in particular, and ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Had a great time
My family and I had a great time at the Paniolo Greens Resort. It was located between Hilo and Kona, so travel to both areas was accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. We liked the fact that the bedrooms were on the 2nd floor, away from the main living area. We would definitely stay here again.
Glad we bought the timeshare
Since this is our home resort we have been there four times. I won't repeat the comments in the previous reviews except to note that they are pretty accurate, though I wonder about being able to see whales from the property! I would like to mention what I see as the good points and also the drawbacks to this resort. Good points: the master bedrooms have king-sized beds which is a rare thing to find in timeshares as far as I know. Because the resort is at a higher elevation, it is cooler by about five-ten degrees which is a plus for this Seattleite who finds the shore temperature great for swimming and snorkeling but too hot in general. When you stay at the resort you get reduced rates at the golf course, about $50 if I remember correctly, which is a fine course, though not as fabulous as Mauna Kea, for example, but then I don't like to spend the $200 a round it would cost there. The units are spacious and six miles away are possibly the best beaches in Hawaii. The area is uncrowded and you get a more "local" feel of the place. Bad points: you need a car and it seems that you spend a lot of time in it as Kona is about a half hour away (more during rush hour) and the snorkeling we like the best at Captain Cook Monument is more like an hour away. The restaurant scene nearby is limited.
My wife and I first travelled to the big Island 14 years ago and found it to be the real gem of the island chain.
Two years ago we stayed at Pniolo Greens and fell in love. It is very central to getting around the entire island and located near the Parker Ranch about five miles from the ocean. It is a quick jaunt to hiking beaches, shopping all kinds of day trips which can be found in the book mentioned in one of the other reviews.
The resort was just planning their refurb when we were there--the unit being older was well maintained and the staff very accomadating.
We are an RCI member which has been very disapointing as we have been trying to excahnge a week to return for the last two years with no luck.
Try this resort and enjoy the fantastic view of the volcanos and th ocean--with field glasses you can actual watch whales, be them far away breeching off the coast.
The activities staff was very helpful. It is definitely worth attending the activities orientation. We already had ideas of what we wanted to do, and the orientation really helped us to focus on making arrangements. Do some research on what you want to do ahead of time (internet hawaii websites), and it will be much more meaningful. The kitchen facilities are great, with dishwasher and laundry soap included. Grills outside of units were great. We shopped at Costco, near the airport, and got plenty of food to cook up for lunches. Not much around for restaurants, so check out the nearby resorts, or drive the 30 minutes to Kona. Enjoyed the mountain view, golf view, and ocean view, all from our balcony.
Aloha, Got back from Hawaii October 13/03 after a weeks stay. There were 6 of us in total - 2 adults, 3 teenagers and one senior. The resorts is not steps to the beach as the paniolo video claims, it's actually about a ten minute drive, but that's okay because we knew that in advance and had rented a vehicle anyway. The accomodations are actually very secluded and unless you rent a vehicle you will be forced to pay a $5 each way fare per person for the shuttle which only runs until 4pm. The place you check in is a healthy ten minute walk from where you will actually be staying, so be prepared. The grocery store and a couple of restaurants are right near the check in area and you can't cut across the golf course to get to it quicker from where your rooms are located. The rooms were fairly clean but we needed an extra cot for our son as he didn't want to sleep with his grandmother on the pull out couch, the front desk's solution was to send a thin piece of foam for him to sleep on the floor with, it took 2 more days to have them locate an extra mattress which they finally showed up with and placed on the floor, so be prepared. The blinds didn't close in any of the rooms properly and I had to fix one with a kitchen knife. The kitchen, by the way, was less than half the size shown on the video, whereas the upstairs rooms were considerably spacious. (They are planning to renovate all the rooms sometime next year, figures!) Three bathrooms were wonderful though with all those people. No lineups! As long as you plan on getting up around 5:30 am you won't mind the hum of the lawn mowers cutting the golf course, earplugs come in handy,be prepared.As for the island we travelled 1050 miles by the time we left and it was beautiful. The rental companies tell you to stay off the Saddle Road if you don't have an SUV, but honestly some of the roads in my city are worse than it was.The turtles on the black beach were an incredible site, Hapuna beach (man-made) is nice for suntanning and swimming but not much different from a Caribbean beach. The Volcano park is amazing to see as well, we have beautiful pitures of a rainbow plunging into the volcano. Waipio valley is worth the drive too.If you belong to Costco bring your card, it's worth the drive to the Kona store to buy gas, it was 30 cents per gallon cheaper than the regular stations, the week we were there Costo was selling it for $2.02.There is a antique store on Hwy.11 south of Kona that has an old red station wagon out front, if you see it stop cause they serve the most incredible ice cream.Mahalo nui loa for reading my review, have fun.
Comfortable, Relaxing, Great Loc for Many Activities
The reviews read about this location are VERY accurate. We were pleased in EVERY way with this facility....great for a round of golf (get it, as in Greens in the name of the place), general relaxing, awesome snorkeling at the nearby accessable Kona side of the island beaches, reflecting at multiple Petroglyph sites nearby, or springboarding from for part day or day trips. The only down side was that we found gasoline prices to be $0.30 per gallon more on the Kona side of the island than the Hilo side. Whatever (near same as So Cal anyway at $2.32 per gal at the time). We were on the Big Island to discover the place and What A Great Location To Do It From! We were there from Aug 29 to Sept 5 and found it a bit breezy, however, learning that this was normal for the time it aided in not feeling a need to turn on the A/C even one day while using the cieling fans and having comfortable fresh outside air at our disposal! Definately take the suggestion of selecting an Upper Unit (3 steps up) which gives you the middle and upstairs areas, two bedrooms and bathrooms up there. Both levels of our unit had a balcony - what a great place for breakfast overlooking the fairway of the Golf course! The unit was spacious, clean and had a fully equipped kitchen. (No cooler for daytrips though, had to buy a cheap but effective styrofoam one....left it for the next family to use.) The facility is located five miles from Hwy 19, on the Kona (west) side of the Big Island, a 45 minute drive to downtown Kona (Kailua-Kona). From Kona turn right where the Blue Hawaian Heiloport is on Hwy 19 approx 20 miles north of the Kona Intn'l Airport. As a note, signs for "points-of-interest" all over the island are not overly prominent and often times non-existant. Having a 4-wheel drive and a spirit of adventure is needed for some excursions. Lava flows, mostly from many years ago are VERY prevalent and makes for a near JERASSIC experience in some areas of the island. The Big Island is wonderous in its terrain, flora and fauna which differ from area to area over this small land mass yet biggest of all Hawaiian islands (Hilo side being wetter and greener, where the Paniolo Greens Resort is arid- like and almost seems like a desert). Despite what might be read about Saddle Road, a 54 mile, 40 mph, two lane road that links, rather remotely, the Kona side with the Hilo side of the island, it is a not as bad as some might have you believe. A AWESOME BOOK on getting the 411 on this island is "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook" by Andrew Doughty, Harriett Friedman for less than $15 in paperback! An insightfult, truthful publication. Overall...we will be visiting Paniolo Greens Resort again as we continue our exploration of the Big Island and its many wonders.
Best location to See the " Big Island" from
Best location to see the "Big Island"I was very satisfied with my quiet stay there.
Big Island Great Trip
Just got back from trip to Paniolo Greens in Waikoloa. Definitely better beaches in the Kohala area than in Kona. Hapuna Beach, the best I have been to in all of Hawaii, is just 10 minutes away. The little shopping center and grocery store is convenient, however try Costco in Kona for some bulk stuff for the week, and water to take with you on day trips etc.Definitely recommend going to Volcano Nat. Park, however go thru Waimea and Hilo its shorter and an easier drive than south through Kona. But a stop at the Punaluu Bakeshop is a must for great breads, another bet is Low's International foods in downtown Hilo, will ship sweetbread anywhere. Its not to be missed.Paniolo Greens was very quiet, the pool was a little chilly but got used to it, and their beach rentals were a good deal, chairs, boogie boards etc.Try to get a two story unit, it gives a large group a greater chance to spread out, going upstairs is nice.
We spent the last week of March at the Paniolo Greens Resort. Condo was very spacious, quiet, with all the anemities you could ask for. The only draw back was that it was located out in the boonies and you had to drive everywhere for meals, activities, and beaches. Would stay again if opportunity arrises. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Go There Every Year
The island of Hawaii is pretty much divided into two distinct climates. The East side (Hilo side)is tropical with abundant rainfall and the West side (Kona side) only receives around twelve inches of rain annually. Paniolo Greens is located on the West side about twenty miles North and a little bit East of Kona. The resort is about five miles inland, but this area North of Kona has far better beaches. The elevation is about 1,000 feet which affords a cooler temperature. The Trade Winds are funneled between two volcanos providing an almost constant breeze. We've stayed at Paniolo Greens seven consecutive years and have no complaints whatsoever. The units are very clean, well equiped and the staff is attentive. The village shopping area is less than 1/4 mile away, but the grocery store is a bit pricy. Supplies and groceries are more reasonably purchased during a trip into Kona. We love to talk about and share accumulated information concerning our trips, so any questions are welcome.
Ron & Steph Myatt