Waikoloa travel takes you the very edge of the developed tourist infrastructure
of the Big Island. The village of Waikoloa Hawaii is located on the south Kohala
Coast. This is a resort area that borders the Kona
Coast and is the last well-developed section of the coast as you head to the
far northern tip of the island. There are several large Waikoloa
hotels and resorts on this section of coastline that can make for a luxury
Waikoloa vacation with all the pampering you desire.
Things to do in Waikoloa include golfing, as some of the island's best golf courses are in this area. The Beach Course near Anaehoomalu Beach winds its way through lava fields and has spectacular ocean vistas. On some holes during the humpback whale migration from November through April, you can combine whale watching with your golf. On the King's Course, you'll be able to see the snowcapped peak of Mauna Kea in the distance. The Waikoloa Village Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the Big Island Country Club both offer 18-hole courses, and the Mauna Lani Resort has two 18-hole courses. You can see why some indulge in Waikoloa travel just for the golfing.
Most anyone who takes a Waikoloa vacation will enjoy dolphin
swims. One of the best is Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Opened in 1988, its Learning Center Lagoon was the first of its kind—pioneering
the concept of large, natural aquatic habitats for marine mammals. Here you
can have a hands-on, interactive experience with these intelligent creatures
of the sea. Groups of no more than six people, ages five and up, can have up-close
encounters with dolphins in their own habitat for 30 minutes each. Waikoloa
Hawaii also has a number of outdoor adventure operators, who can assist with
other things to do, including whale
watching cruises, deep-sea fishing
and scuba diving,
tours along the spectacular coastline.
Waikoloa travel is very popular for honeymoons
on the Big Island, as it has everything a romantic couple might desire. There
are full-service spas, fine dining spots, sumptuous guest rooms, and great shopping.
The beaches are generally less crowded than those on the more-famous Kona Coast
to the south. If you ensure your car
rentals have four-wheel drive, a honeymoon couple can take a drive north
and find some truly secluded beaches. And, of course, every resort also has
its own signature Big
It is a rare Waikoloa Vacation that doesn't include some sightseeing at attractions
in the region. Venturing north will reveal some of the most sacred and historically
significant sites on the island. This is the birthplace of beloved King Kamehameha
the Great, who united the islands in the early nineteenth century and played
such an important role in the history of Hawaii. National Historical Sites in
this area include ancient Hawaiian fishing villages and sacred temples that
predate European influence. Nearby is famous Parker
Ranch, a 150,000-acre working cattle ranch founded by a sailor who jumped
ship and became fast friends with Kamehameha. Waikoloa Hawaii is the gateway
to this historic region.