Tee off in the tropics this winter: Golfing in Hawaii

Here on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island, you can play golf 365 days a year on some of the most spectacular courses in the world. It’s why the Big Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii!”

Courses for every budget and skill level

From the beautiful yet affordable Waikoloa Village Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., to the exclusive 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course, there is a course for every budget and skill level. You can even tee off at one of the world’s most photographed over-the-ocean holes on the famed Mauna Lani South Course. Explore this full list of Hawaii island courses.

Attracting the biggest and best names in golf

The golf courses and ideal conditions here in Hawaii attract some of the biggest and best names in golf, like the PGA Tour champions who will be here for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai January 17 – 19. If you’ll be on island, check out the opportunities to watch and even volunteer at this prestigious event.

Low airfares and discounts

If teeing off in the tropics is on your Christmas gift list, check out Google Flights for current fares to Kona (we’ve heard from guests that there are some great deals to be had this winter!). Then, visit our website to find your perfect vacation rental. And remember, you can save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with us!
 

Your perfect Hawaii vacation rental

From small studios to luxurious villas, we have the perfect home base for your Hawaii holiday – like the the two- and three-bedroom units at Waikoloa Beach Villas. Located in the lush Waikoloa Beach Resort, you are within walking distance to two open-air shopping plazas as well as the long, white sandy beach of Anaehoomalu Bay. You are also a short drive to some of the world’s top-rated beaches and golf courses.

Everything you need for your Hawaii holiday

Designed for your comfort and convenience, these fully equipped, beautifully decorated units have everything you need to enjoy your Hawaii vacation, including gourmet kitchens, BBQs and beach gear. Start and end your day on the lanai while enjoying ocean, mountain or golf course views. Or take a dip in the beautiful pool or relax in the hot tub.

Save on your Hawaii accommodations

Remember, you can save 10% on your vacation rental when you book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation. Hope to see you soon – a hui hou!

Golf image courtesy of Waikoloa Village Golf Club.

Make like a whale and migrate to Hawaii this winter

Each winter, the magnificent humpback whales make their way from colder climates to enjoy the warm, tropical waters of Hawaii (just like many of our visitors!).

Immense and incredibly playful

Known as “na kohola” in Hawaiian, these immense creatures can grow to 60 feet long and can weigh up to 40 tons. They are incredibly playful, and during whale season, which is typically between November and April, you can often see them spouting, breaching and slapping their tails on the water. As the whales come here to give birth, you may have the opportunity to see a mama and baby swimming together.

Endangered but increasing

Nearly wiped out by commercial hunting in the last century, humpback whales are still endangered, but their numbers are increasing. Of the approximately 80,000 humpbacks worldwide, 12,000 – 18,000 of them visit the Hawaiian waters each winter, traveling an average of 6,000 miles to get here.

Best place to watch whales

Interestingly, the Kohala Coast is known as one the best places on the island to catch a glimpse of these amazing mammals. If you’re visiting Hawaii during whale season, consider a whale-watching boat tour. While you’re out on the water, you may see dolphins and turtle as well.

But you don’t have to book a tour to go whale watching in Hawaii. There are many spots along the coastline where you can watch for whales from shore. We’ve often spotted whales while simply driving down the highway.

Be a volunteer whale-watcher

You can even sign up as a volunteer to count whales. The Sanctuary Ocean Count project offers visitors and residents the chance to monitor humpback whales from the shore in January, February and March.

Ready to migrate to Hawaii for a winter getaway?

Check out Google Flights for current fares to Kona, and set up a fare tracker to be notified of great deals. Then, get in touch with us to save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with Kohala Coast Properties.

Your perfect Hawaii vacation rental

From small studios to luxurious villas, we have the perfect home base for your Hawaii holiday – like the Mauna Lani Golf Villas. These gorgeous two-story units are located in a luxury gated community nestled on the famed South Course at Mauna Lani – the premier resort on the Kohala Coast.

Perfect for families or small groups, the three-bedroom, three-bath villas offer beautiful mountain and golf course views, quality high-end furnishings, luxurious linens, gourmet kitchen stocked with essentials, and outdoor grilling area on the spacious lanai. You’ll also have access to all the gear you need for the perfect day at the beach.

You’ll have exclusive use of the Golf Villa’s recreation area, swimming pool and spa, and fitness center. Within the resort area, you’ll find several stunning beaches (including the private Mauna Lani Beach Club), two of the world’s best golf courses, top-ranked tennis facilities, a spa, historical sites, fine dining and shopping.

Save on your Hawaii accommodations

Remember, you can save 10% on your vacation rental when you book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation. Hope to see you soon – a hui hou!

(Whale watching photo courtesy of Hawaii Ocean Sports.)

Stargazing from the Mauna Kea Observatory

Did you know that the Big Island of Hawaii is home to the tallest sea mountain in the world? Mauna Kea (which means “white mountain”) stands 13,796 feet above sea level and over 33,000 feet from the bottom of the ocean floor, making it the tallest sea mountain in the world.

During the winter months, we often get snow on Mauna Kea, meaning that you can spend the morning enjoying the sun and sand at the beach, then drive up the mountain for some sledding and snowman-building!

World’s largest observatory

Fun and games aside, Mauna Kea is also the location of the world’s largest observatory – scientists from 11 different countries operate 13 telescopes from the summit. (Guests often ask why it’s so dark on the Big Island at night … it’s because our island has a strong lighting ordinance, which preserves our dark night sky and maximizes visibility for the astronomers!)

Go stargazing

But you don’t have to be an astronomer to appreciate the stars from Mauna Kea. Take a scenic drive to the Mauna Kea visitor information station, where there are telescopes for viewing and staff who can share insights and answer questions. (There are several hiking trails that start from the visitor center as well!)

If you would like to explore the summit, there are also numerous local tour operators that offer Mauna Kea summit tours – including nighttime stargazing and spectacular sunset and sunrise experiences!

Some important safety notes

Due to the altitude, pregnant women, persons in poor health, and children under 16 should not go above the visitor information station. Also, road and weather conditions can change very quickly on the mountain, so research conditions before you go and be prepared for cold temperatures (don’t forget to pack a jacket!).

Dreaming of the sea and stars this winter?

Let’s make it happen. Check out Google Flights for current fares to Kona, and set up a fare tracker to be notified of great deals. Then, get in touch with us to save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with Kohala Coast Properties.

Your perfect Hawaii vacation rental

From small studios to luxurious villas, we have the perfect home base for your Hawaii holiday – like the two-bedroom, two-bath unit at the Shores at Waikoloa, where you’ll enjoy partial ocean and golf views from the large wraparound lanai. Your group of up to six will have everything you need with the full kitchen, master and guest bedroom, plus bonus room, and comfortable living room. On the property, you’ll find a fitness center, pool, hot tub, tennis courts and BBQ grills.

The vibrant Waikoloa Beach Resort boasts a white sandy beach, two championship golf courses, and the largest selection of shopping and dining options on the Kohala Coast. You can walk along historic footpaths to view petroglyphs, and enjoy local entertainment including live Hawaiian music, hula performances, lei-making, and a weekly farmers’ market.

Save on your Hawaii accommodations

Remember, you can save 10% on your vacation rental when you book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation. Hope to see you soon – a hui hou!

 

(Mauna Kea photos courtesy of Paul Bica and Mike Ireland)

Snorkel and scuba away your stress in Hawaii!

One of the wonderful things about living in and visiting Hawaii are the limitless opportunities to slow down and relax … and snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the most beautiful and peaceful activities you can experience on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Snorkelers and divers love it here because the water is so clear – plus, more than 20 percent of the fish in our waters are endemic to Hawaii, meaning you won’t see them anywhere else!

Go snorkeling

Here along the Kohala Coast, just north of Kailua-Kona, you can rent snorkel gear and journey out right from the beach. “Snorkel Hawaii: The Big Island Guide to the Beaches and Snorkeling of Hawaii” is an excellent resource for snorkelers and beachgoers alike.

It’s also fun to take a snorkel cruise, which gets you off the beaten path (and usually includes lunch!). On a cruise, you’ll likely see fun-loving pods of dolphins, as well as humpback whales, which visit us in the winter months, most often November through March.

World-famous scuba diving

Hawaii is also world-famous for scuba diving, and there are options for all levels. Most operators offer “discover scuba diving” options for beginners, and there are lots of dive charter options for certified divers.

For the adventure of a lifetime, consider a manta ray night dive to experience these gentle giants up close. Most of the trips head out to the dive site right before sunset. The operators set up an underwater “campfire,” which attracts the mantas, who swoop above you sometimes just inches away! Not a diver? Not a problem – most operators offer manta snorkel options on the same trip.

Low airfares and other ways to save

Think Hawaii isn’t in your budget this year? Think again – many of our guests have found incredibly low airfares to Kona recently. Check out Google Flights for current fares, and set up a fare tracker to be notified of great deals!

Remember you can also save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with us at Kohala Coast Properties! From small studios to luxurious villas, we have the perfect one to fit your needs and budget … like the two-bedroom, two-bath units at Vista Waikoloa in Waikoloa Beach Resort!

Places to stay

The vacation rentals at Vista Waikoloa offer everything you need for your perfect Hawaii holiday: spacious layouts, updated décor, comfortable beds, sparkling baths, fully stocked kitchens, and expansive wraparound lanais with beautiful tropical views. The complex boasts a beautiful pool and spa area, fitness facility, and walking paths through lush landscaping.

Located in the heart of Waikoloa Beach Resort, you are convenient to the many resort amenities, including a white sandy beach, two championship golf courses, and the largest selection of shopping and dining options on the Kohala Coast. Just steps from your vacation rental, you can walk along historic footpaths to view petroglyphs, and enjoy local entertainment including live Hawaiian music, hula performances, lei-making, and a weekly farmers’ market.

Plan your trip

If you’d like to visit us in Hawaii, please get in touch. (Be sure to mention “Aloha Escape” to save 10% on your vacation rental when you book directly with us!) A hui hou!

(Photo courtesy of Liquid Hawaii)