Enjoy Every Kind of Weather on the Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii is bigger than all the other Hawaiian Islands put together! We enjoy a wide range of the world’s climatic zones here, and you could experience them all in one day if you tried.
Experience The Bounty of this Tropical Paradise
We have active volcanoes, tropical waterfalls, one of the worlds largest cattle ranches, the Ironman Triathlon, world class deep sea fishing, the best coffee on the planet (Kona coffee), and of, course, beautiful beaches and amazing snorkeling and scuba diving. There is never a lack of things to do here, but we won't mind if you just come to Hawaii to enjoy our amazing weather and relax a little.
Things to do
For a complete listing of what’s going on locally (events, music, art, etc), get a copy of the free weekly Hawaiian Island News. It’s at most news-stands and grocery stores. (a small visitors guide can be helpful too.) There is also a great website with lots of local happenings and more- www.konaweb.com.
Kayaking Kealakekua Bay
There are several places to rent kayaks as you get close to the bay.
Volcanoes National Park
If you plan to go to Volcanoes National Park, because of the recent active lava flows, contact the Park Rangers for up to the minute info about where to go and what road closures there may be. Get an early start, don’t dawdle too much on the way, bring warm clothes, be at the lava viewing area at sunset to see the lava action, and plan for a long drive home, (about 1 ½ to 2 hours to Kona). Bring tennis shoes and a flashlight and lots of water for any visit, especially if you’ll be walking out to the lava flows at night. Binoculars can really add to the experience. The most active volcano in the world is here on the Big Island and has been continuously erupting for almost 20 years. Helicopter touring can be a fantastic experience.
Check out the USGS for current volcano eruption information at the Volcano National Park, click here
The Holualoa Coffee Farm
The tour is fun and educational, and it’s our favorite Kona coffee. If you like coffee, you will love Kona coffee. Peter’s five year caffeine abstinence terminated indefinitely on our very first morning on the Big Island…we bring back enough every trip to last us till we get back there again!
Fairmont Orchid Lu’au
We took a group of mainland friends to a Lu’au a couple years ago, and this one is worth mentioning. Unlike any lu’au we had ever been to before, the Fairmont Orchid Lu’au is really an exceptional buffet dinner and a unique and well performed “show”. (A cross between “Cirque de Solei”, professional Island dancers and a well choreographed Musical stage show. I know, it sounds weird, but it was really cool!) No crowds, No audience participation, No second-rate dancers, No corny jokes or “Don Ho(kie)” as the MC, and LOTS of great tropical food. Never before have I been to a dessert bar that I wanted seconds on everything (even the Bellagio in Las Vegas!). Come in nice Aloha wear or you’ll feel underdressed. It’s a good value for a special night out.
Manta Ray snorkeling or diving
This is a night dive or snorkel, and is an experience not found anywhere else in the world. Many dive shops run these trips. Even jaded scuba divers who have seen it all are amazed by this experience.
DEEP SEA FISHING
Kona has world-class fishing. With the recent economic troubles a lot of the fishermen are hungry, and word on the street is you can go down to the harbor and wheel and deal with these guys for a great price. Make sure you arrange to keep some of the fish you catch! We had a guest do exactly this, it was very reasonably priced and they ran into a school of mahi-mahi and landed 75 fish!
Other Activities and Areas to Visit in the Kona Area Include:
Big Game Fishing
Volcano National Park
Mauna Kea Observatory
Live Hawaiian Music
Hawaiian Oasis Estate and Bed and Breakfast
Let’s go to the Beach !!
There are some really great beaches and snorkeling within a 10 to 20 minute drive of the Hawaiian Oasis. The Big Island a volcanic island with beautiful stretches of beaches and many, many isolated smaller beaches. One remarkable thing about this island, unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, is that almost every one of the beaches on the Big Island have remained devoid of mega-resorts and condo complexes This description will give you some idea of the beaches fairly close to the Hawaiian Oasis. You can use the satellite link in my reply to "get a lay of the land" and orient yourself to our location.
You can click on this link for a map of beaches along the Kona Coast. The most distant beach on the northern tip of the Big Island is one hours drive from the Oasis. You can view these beaches from the links on the map.
The Hawaiian Oasis is located near “shortcut routes” that make a drive to the north or south of the island efficient. The closest beaches are at the Honokohau Harbor, The Energy Lab, Kikaua Point Beach, Kekaha Kai State Beach, and Kua Bay. Except for Kua Bay, these are sheltered beaches when the surf is high. The big state beaches are north in Waikoloa district, and from the Oasis you're looking at a 30 minute or so drive. Along the way are some other really great snorkeling and swimming beaches, some take a hike to get to (Makalewena for example), but you’ll be rewarded with a deserted tropical beach that rivals any in the world. A-Bay is well sheltered, a good swim, and about 8-10 minutes closer than Hapuna State Beach ( Hapuna is 32 miles from the Oasis, and was noted by Conde Naste magazine a few years ago as the “best beach in North America”)
Our oceanfront home, Hale Honu is about 100 yards from Magic (AKA Disappearing) Sands Beach. It's about 12-15 minutes drive from the Oasis. Another 1.5 miles is Kahalu'u State Beach, arguably the best snorkeling area in the Islands. Beginning surf lessons are taught at the north corner of this sheltered Marine Reserve.
The Big Island Revealed travel guide showcases about 20 beaches that are within a half hour drive of the Hawaiian Oasis Estate.