Comfortable, Relaxing, Great Loc for Many Activities A review of Paniolo Greens Resort
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.