Silver Oaks Ranch
Travel Blogs from Kailua-Kona
... br> Our tour takes us up to Greenwell coffee farm in the Kona 'highlands', which is only 30 minutes out of town but has completely different weather to the coastline. What an amazingly variable island.
It's a coffee farm, we've seen them before and I reminisce of the time I discovered Byron Bay coffee being sold on the roadside in the Byron hinterland, some of the best coffee I've ever had.
There are tastings of various expressions of ...
... the morning we heard some rain, but by the time we got up, it was all gone and had dried up.
Josie received the booklet to complete the Junior Ranger program (which covers 5 sites) and we began completing the pages. Mac was a bit bored, but he tagged along without too much complaining. The grounds around the temple were pretty, overlooking the ocean and spectacular. Mom and Dad helped Josie with some of the answers in the book – some of it was ...
... back we stopped at one of the few beaches on the island and sat watching all the body boarders. They were so good as they did 360 spins and flips, watching them just made Matt want a go but we didn't have our swim stuff with us so he was happy watching.
We had planned on driving back down to the centre of Kona for dinner and a few drinks that evening but these were soon ruined as it turned out the rash I had woken up with had got worse and I really didn't feel well ...
... honeymoon and they each jumped. Stephanie was so tempted and later I learned Greg was as well. It would have been a neat thing to do and looked fun but I also worried about someone getting hurt so I'm not totally disappointed that they didn't jump.
Our next stop was the South Kona Fruit Stand. The fruit in Hawaii is so fresh, so good and so different. We are trying to taste many different kinds of the local fruit in Hawaii so this was a ...
... by Tex Drive-In for fresh malasadas in Honoka'a. Malasada = Portuguese donut w/o a hole. The boys had strawberries fillings, while I had super caloric Bolvarian cream (same cream used in cream puff). Super yummy while it's warm. Curtis ordered a Portuguese soup (turned out to be a good choice, as it's meaty), while I had mahi mahi (so so).
Visited Akaka Falls State Park, saw lots of sugar canes along side of ...
How has this ranch rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- 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.