Waikoloa Hawaii

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 expeditions, snorkeling and scuba diving, and helicopter 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 Island luau.

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.

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