Posts Tagged ‘hawaii activities’

Pearl Harbor Tours from the Big Island

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular attractions the Hawaiian Islands has to offer. There are two ways to make this day trip from the Big Island, either take a package tour from the Big Island or schedule the day at the convenience of the group with guided tours available on Oahu.

There is a particular tour company that offers the trip as an all-inclusive package. Their fees include airfare, transportation, and a fully guided tour. This is the simplest way to complete the tour without having to worry about the details. Everything is handled for the group by the tour organizers. It does make for a long day as the tour flight departs Kona at roughly 5 am and returns at about 9 pm, however if Pearl Harbor is a must see, it is completely worth it. The tour includes a quick visit to other parts of Honolulu as well.

The other option is to schedule the trip without booking through an all-inclusive guide service. Pearl Harbor is only about a ten minutes’ drive from the Honolulu airport. Taxi service and car rentals are both available for transportation. There are also quite a few tours once on Oahu to choose. This includes self-guided tours with an iPod or guided tours of the Missouri. Pearl Harbor does sell a limited number of tickets daily so utilizing an organized tour does increase the chances of viewing the Arizona Memorial.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Mauna Kea Tours and Information

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Majestically standing at an elevation of 13,796 feet is Mauna Kea, which means “White Mountain”. Its name comes from its snow-capped summit in the winter. It is the tallest mountain in the world at 33,000 feet, when measured from its base at the sea floor. Mauna Kea is home to the Hawaiian goddess Poliahu. The last eruption was 3,500 years ago.

The summit is the home to some of the world’s leading astronomical observatories such as Keck, Gemini, Canada-France-Hawaii, Cal-tech and the University of Hawaii, where the view is clear 300 nights a year.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals does recommend arriving at the visitors’ center toward late afternoon into the early evening. As the elevation is so dramatic, the night sky is one of Mauna Kea’s most impressive features.

There are two options to visit this historical site. The First would be to drive with your loved ones, family, and friends to the visitor center at Mauna Kea. There are great views and some activities at the 9,000 feet elevation. A four-wheel drive vehicle or commercial tour must be utilized to gain access to the summit, as ordinary vehicles are not capable of handling this road. The second would be a guided tour, allowing access to the higher elevation, observatory, and more.

To reach Mauna Kea, take Highway 190 north towards Waimea. The Saddle Road (named because it runs between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa) is located on the right, just before the 6-mile marker. After the 28-mile marker, turn left onto the Mauna Kea Access road. The Visitors Information Station is about 6 miles up the road, on the right. They are open from 9 AM to 10 PM daily. This trip takes about an hour and a half to two hours from Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Effects of high altitude and weather conditions are two factors that should be known prior to embarking. Be sure to check updated conditions, pack appropriately and take the recommended precautionary measures.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 987-4519 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

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Visitor Information Station (808) 961-2180
http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis

Weather and Road Conditions (808) 935-6268
http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/forecast/mko/index.cgi
http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/road-conditions

Big Island of Hawaii Helicopter Tours

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Imagine a tour that can provide you with an aerial view of the glorious Big Island of Hawaii. One that will allow you to hover beside a cascading waterfall, suspend you over the active Kilauea Volcano, gently drift in and around mystical valleys, and take you through a journey of the majestic mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala. There is nothing that can compare to the scenic experience of a helicopter tour. It is the only way to immerse yourself in the full beauty of the island. The breath taking sights will completely consume you creating lifelong memories that will instill in you the essence of Hawai’i.

From short, budget tours that take you to the volcano to private valley landing tours, the Big Island of Hawaii has a tour for everyone. Helicopter tours are one of the most popular adventures on the Big Island and fill up quickly.

Contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at (808) 987-4519 for more information.

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Flumin’ da Ditch Reopens as Kohala Ditch Adventures

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

One of the most popular tours on the Big Island of Hawaii has reopened.  This fascinating tour takes you on a journey through the landscape Hawaii is known for.  The native Hawaiian guides fill the tour with Hawaiian history and folklore.

The tour begins with an exciting off road excursion ina custom Pinzgauer which takes you to a launch site in the Kohala mountains.  You will then enjoy a short hike in a jungle setting over a flume bridge with a view of a beautiful waterfall and an earth tunnel. 

Shortly after that you will board a kayak on your way on a 2.5 mile journey through lush rainforest with views of water flumes, earth tunnels, and much more.

Kohala Ditch Adventures offers a tour that is sure to help make your stay on the Big Island of Hawaii one to remember.

Please call the Waikoloa Vacation Rentals concierge at (808) 333-1910 for special rates and more information.

Big Island Helicopter Tours

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The only way to truly experience the full beauty of the island of Hawaii is through a bird’s eye view.  From helicopter tours that take you to a secluded valley for a picnic lunch to “doors off” tours, there is an experience for everyone.


My personal favorite tour has a perfect blend dedicated to bring the pure beauty of Hawaii to you.  Experience the majesty of Hualalai, the seasonal snow capped mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the wrath of the Goddess Pele as she exhales billowing vog from Halema’uma’u Crater, the entry of the lava into the cool waters of the Pacific, the rainforests of the east, the lush valleys, white and black sand beaches of the coast and jaw dropping waterfalls all in one tour.  What makes this tour different from any other tour is that you will experience an exclusive landing in a secluded valley near a mountain stream for a light lunch.  The drifting clouds over the valley walls perform tricks on your eyes, the cool waters of the stream dance over stepping stones and the overwhelming mana (sacred spiritual power) of the ‘aina (land) will warmly embrace your spirit.