Silver Oaks Ranch
Travel Blogs from Kailua-Kona
... of the dogs together coordinating their schedules. They had to do the good-night visit early today because of the road condition. I hope for no accident tonight .....
Today we first visited the sea horse farm (www.seahorse.com) which was between Kona and the airport. It was a very educational experience and learned a lot about sea horse. I did not know that the sea horses are monogamous! They mate for life! Most of the sea horses sold as pets ...
... 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 ...
... a lot of Hawaiian native birds and are now considered a serious pest - similar to the Australian cane toad.
Anyhow back to our tour. Grant was our tour guide and took us to a coffee plantation, the black sands beach we had already visited, and then onto the Volcanoes National Park.
We walked around the rim of the Kilauea Iki crater which is a smaller crater next to the main one that is erupting. This ...
... the tour we walked around the quaint town of Hilo, visiting the market and the East Hawai'i cultural center. The town was relocated here in the 1960s after a devastating tsunami destroyed the original town site. On the way back to our ship we walked along a black sand beach, formed from crushed lava. So after this rather exciting day, we went to the evening ship entertainment, a variety show featuring the magician, the ventriloquist, and the singer that were headlined earlier in the ...
... were and how inconvenient it was to be so late getting to the hostel. It was nearly midnight by the time we finally made it there but as a bonus she upgraded us from a 6 bed dorm to a private double room! Well done Matt!
To be fair the hotel wasn't too bad and, with the upgrade, the owner had gone up in our books slightly, but we still decided we wouldn't stay there for the whole time we were on the Big Island as it turned out we were in the middle of nowhere pretty ...
How has this ranch rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Silver Oaks Ranch Kailua-Kona
I recently stayed for a week at Silver Oaks Ranch. Everything was way above my expectations. The owners, Rick and Amy Decker, were very knowledgeable about beaches, restaurant and things to do. The facilities were clean and spacious and very quiet. The extras they provided such as beach gear, free washer dryer, water and soft drinks and more were added benefits that were much appreciated. They have chickens and friendly dwarf goats that add character but the farm remains a peaceful, quiet and relaxing place to stay. I would definitely stay here again.
Like a HOME!
Not only the superb location& facilities, also great host people there! Since 2001 we all family enjoy staying at SOR every year. Why? Just take our words, and you would know soon. We always feel comfortable staying like a home!
My husband and I stayed at the Silver Oak Ranch near Kona in March 2002. We stayed in a little cottage which was separate from the main ranch and provided more privacy. Everything was contained in one room so cooking was limited as there is a kitchenette only. However, there is outdoor seating on a private patio (view of banana trees and groves), access to a hot tub at the main house, and use of pool with great views. You are high on the island so it's a 10 min ride to the ocean (which you can see from the main house and other suites). We had access to bananas and our host provided papayas which were in season. Access to drinks, beach materials, snorkel gear, books, videos. The room was comfortable and quiet. The shower wonderful. It was a great first stop after a long journey. Our host and hostess were friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Everything was in spic and span order; no complaints. If you want a better view, then ask for the other suites (which I think are the only ones rented on a regular basis). We visited them and they looked fabulous...a private apartment not room! Since there were only the two of us, and we were shooting for a lower budget, we opted for the room without the view (but with more than enough amenities). Highly recommend. Keep in mind you are not on the water, but you are also not tucked away in a forest without views nor are you on a busy street. It is very private and quiet. A great retreat. We had fun tooling around that part of the island with more than enough to do - also Costco is just down the hill for gas and food shopping. We bought prepared foods and did minimal cooking.
If you want a cool, quiet, immaculate and luxurious place to stay on the Kona Coast, the Silver Oaks is for you. A green ten-acre ranch at the 1300-foot level, with pet horses, goats, sheep and chickens, this B&B offers large, beautiful units, a spectacular swimming pool, hot tub and stunning 40-mile views of the Kona coast. But the greatest draw is the delightful Decker family, whose generosity and hospitality are unmatched. Amy checks the fridge daily and offers special treats, and Rick has even taken me diving. They offer their guests complete privacy in peaceful gardens and unexpected amenities, all at a very reasonable cost. As they say, don't bring what you don't need - the Deckers supply coolers, beach towels, chairs and mats, snorkeling equipment, backpacks, and even boogie boards. I've sent three sets of friends here and they've all loved it. And I don't stay anywhere else anymore!
My partner and I spent a wonderful six nights at Silver Oaks in one of the larger units in September 2002. It was our first trip to the Big Island and it turned out to be an excellent location for exploring the west coast. (It also worked for a day trip to the volcano.) Rick and Amy Decker were incredibly helpful with all sorts of advice on where to go. We were mainly focused on snorkeling and diving, and Rick being an avid underwater photographer was a big help with that, even personally leading us to a great spot. The Ranch has an excellent set-up for driving up in your car with your sopping gear, rinsing it off, and letting it dry, without having to schlep into and out of bathrooms. The unit was very large, comfortable, clean, and the kitchen was well equipped. It was quiet, we were treated like friends, and the views were terrific! We would definitely go back there again.
Doesn't get any better
My wife and I stayed four nights on our recent trip to Hawaii and it doesn't get any better. The room is great, the scenery is terrific, and Rick and Amy are perfect hosts. It was nice having a kitchen. It is every bit as nice as shown on their website.
The accommodations are perfect, the hospitality is wonderful, sunsets are incredible, the location is ideal and the hosts are unbeatable. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay on the Big Island, this is IT!
My boyfriend and I visited Hawaii in June, 2004. This was our first trip to Hawaii and we did a great deal of research before deciding on the Big Island and the Silver Oaks Ranch. We are certain that we picked the best place to stay! Our cottage was so comfortable, the king size bed was the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. Amy and Rick provided us with Kona coffee and cream and fresh eggs and fruit and muffins. It was so nice that after our long trip we did not have to stop at the grocery store. The ranch is so peaceful and the wild animals are a treat. I loved sitting on the swing on our deck, drinking my morning coffee and taking in the view down to the ocean. We loved everything about the Silver Oaks Ranch.
A wonderful honeymoon getaway
My husband and I stayed at the Silver Oaks Ranch during our honeymoon in July 2004, and had an excellent experience. The hosts were generous with their breakfast foods and advice of restaurants and tourist activities, and the private cottage we stayed in was very large and well appointed. The ranch is very peaceful, and the variety of animals (goats, cats, wild turkeys, chickens, horses) was a treat to see and hear. We recommend this B&B as a great way to enjoy the Big Island in a relaxing atmosphere.
Angela and Ron Newland
We had such a great time on our honeymoon at Silver Oaks. Rick and Amy were wonderful and very helpful. We stayed in one of the private cottages, which had one bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Everything was clean and neat. The best part was the private deck with hot tub. It is much cooler up this way but still very convenient to Kona and the rest of the island. The breakfasts were great. Just enough to eat for breakfast and bring an extra muffin or piece of fruit for a snack later. The kitchen was completely stocked, so we could have cooked meals in the cottage, but we chose to go out. I would definitely recommend Silver Oaks, especially if you do not want the typical "resort" experience.