KONA OCEANFRONT PENTHOUSE CONDO - AMAZING SUNSETS
|Per night:||$165 - $299|
|Per week:||$1,155 - $2,093|
Unit amenities for your use include full size washer and dryer, large and small ice chests, frozen ice packs, beach chairs, beach towels, beach mats, boogie boards, snorkel gear, children’s beach toys, two pack ‘n plays, popular board and table games, puzzles, in-unit password protected WiFi and internet access, BluRay DVD player, 3 flat screen TVs, stereo with iPad docking station, iron and ironing board, safe, and wall-mounted hair dryers.
Sleeping arrangements include a king-size bed in the oceanfront master bedroom and twin beds in the second bedroom. The living room pune (Hawaiian sofa/couch) is actually a second pair of twin beds. The unit sleeps four persons privately (two in the master bedroom and two in the second bedroom) or six if you use the pune.
Resort amenities include free parking, elevator, a large swimming pool with deck chairs and tables, hot tub/spa, comfortable lobby with wireless Internet, concierge desk for Big Island activities, oceanfront gas barbecues, oceanfront lounge chairs on the beach, numerous shallow lava tide pools with green sea turtles, Da Poke Shack (a very popular restaurant for poke), Miller’s Surf Shop (surfing, diving and snorkel gear), on-site security, convenience store (with alcohol sales) across the street. The resort does not allow smoking in any public areas and our unit is also non-smoking.
Hawaii General Excise Tax of 4% and Transient Occupancy Tax of 9.25% are charged on all rental nights. In addition, Hawaii General Excise Tax of 4% is charged on the cleaning fee.
Within a 5-7 minute radius of our condo
Surfing at Banyans (on-site)
Exploring tide pools and discovering green sea turtles (on site)
Swimming pool, hot tub, lounge chairs on the beach (on site)
Oceanfront barbecues (on site)
Whale watching in season (on site)
Poke Shack (on site) for award-winning poke (seasoned ahi tuna)
Walking, jogging, roller blading, bike riding (on site and all along oceanfront Ali’i Drive
Small white sand pocket beaches ( 2-4 minutes north)
Relaxing on a beautiful and popular white sand beach (Magic Sands/White Sands): (2 minutes south)
Snorkeling at Kahalu’u Beach Park (4 minutes south): great snorkeling in a shallow cove with a large covered picnic area.
Ali’I Gardens farmer’s market (1/2 minute north): fresh fruits and vegetables
Farmer’s market in Kailua-Kona old town (5 minutes north): great bargains on mangoes, papayas, avocados, lychee, rambutans, dragon fruit, oranges and other fresh fruits and vegetables and tourist trinkets
Shopping in Kailua-Kona old town (5 minutes north): art galleries, clothing stores, and other treasures
Shopping in the Keahou Shopping Center (5 minutes south)
Restaurants (five minutes north or east or south): numerous restaurants in Kailua-Kona old town, in the Keahou Shopping Center area and on Kuakini Highway
Movie theater (5 minutes south): in the Keahou Shopping Center
Hulihe’e Palace (5 minutes north in old town): nearly 200 year old palace that was the home of vacationing Hawaiian royalty
Mokuaikaua Church (5 minutes north): first Christina Church in the Hawaiian islands
Free public salt water swimming pool (1 minute north): this salt water pool fed by ocean waves is free to the public
Ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs (5 minutes south): visible at low tide, the 400+ year old petroglyphs carved in the lava rocks commemorate a violent war-time event
The “Little Blue Church” (5 minutes south): tiny St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a heavily photographed favorite wedding spot
Ku’emanu heiau (5 minutes south): a good example of an ancient sacred Hawaiian temple
Kona Country Club golf course (7 minutes south): beautifully maintained oceanfront public golf course
Within a 30 minute radius of our condo
Hike to Captain Cook Memorial (20 minutes south to trailhead): hike from 1,300’ elevation down to sea level (two miles) to visit the site of Captain Cook’s death (“discoverer” of the Hawaiian islands) and the most incredible snorkeling on the island
The Painted Church (25 minutes south):
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (30 minutes): this ancient Hawaiian City of Refuge is a cultural treasure full of interpretive displays. Turtles are often on the beach here.
Two-Step snorkeling beach (30 minutes): this popular snorkeling beach is directly across tiny Honaunau Bay from the City of Refuge. Called Two-Step because it is only “two-steps” from your parked car to the ocean, the water here is clear and full of fish.
Kealakekua Bay (30 minutes): this incredible bay is home to spinner dolphins and great views of the Captain Cook Memorial (across the bay to the north). Until recently, you could rent kayaks and kayak across the bay and perhaps see the spinner dolphins; but it has recently been closed to kayakers.
Kona coffee plantations (25 minutes south): Try Greenwell or Bayview
Hike the Arch City coastline (30 minutes south to the trailhead near the City of Refuge): hike to more than a dozen sea arches in a mile of shoreline before looping back to your car.
Kekaha Kai State Park (20 minutes north): a beautiful beach after a rough lava road
Makalawena beach (20 minutes north at Kekaha Kai State Park to the trailhead): a short 20 minute walk leads to a powdery white sand beach that is typically nearly deserted; on the north end of the beach is a large fresh water pool in the lava rocks
Kiholo Bay and Queen’s bath (30 minutes north to the trailhead): a five-minute walk from the trailhead brings you to the Queen’s Bath, a collapsed lava tube filled with fresh water that is just across a gravel road from the salty ocean. The lava tube is collapsed in two places, so you can walk under the lava bridge from one opening to the other. Continue along the beach another 20 minutes to Kiholo Bay. This tiny bay typically hosts dozens of green sea turtles either sunning on the lava rocks on the east side of the bay, sunning on the sandy beach on the west side of the bay or simply swimming in the bay. So narrow that you can swim across it in less than a minute in some spots, Kiholo Bay is fed by adjacent fresh water springs (the only running water on the west side of the Big Island) that floats on top of the more dense (and warmer) salt water. This is my favorite spot on the entire Big Island and I hike to it every chance I get; if you see two other people at Kiholo Bay, it’s a crowd.
Dozens of other white and black sand beaches going north from Kailua-Kona.
|Jun 24 2013||Dec 13 2014||$165||$180||$1,155||$4,340||3 Nights|
|Oct 06 2014||Oct 13 2014||$299||$299||$2,093||-||1 Week|
|Dec 13 2014||Apr 19 2015||$225||$225||$1,575||$6,020||1 Week|
|Dec 19 2014||Jan 04 2015||$275||$275||$1,925||-||1 Week|
|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 13.416%|
|Tax I.D.: W21826366-02|
|Deposits: $500 at time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to Check-in Date.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa|
|Other Fees: Cleaning fee per stay is $125 plus 13.416% tax = $141.77.|
- 1 King Bed
- 2 Twin Beds
- Beach Chairs
- Hot Tub
- Beach Towels
- Hardwood Floors
- Parking Included
- High Speed Internet
- Linens Provided
- Full Kitchen
- Alarm Clock
- Gas Grill
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- CD Player
- Hair Dryer
- Ceiling Fan
- Ice Maker
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Coffee Maker
- DVD Player
- Gym/Fitness Center
- Movie Theater
- Whale Watching
- Scuba Diving
- Shopping Area
- Grocery Store
- Deep Sea Fishing
Reviews for this vacation condo rental in Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
San Francisco, CA
Wonderful Stay at #405 Kona Bali Kai
June 3, 2014
Our experience renting apartment 405 Kona Bali Kai was positive from the outset. Dealing with Mike Gaudette, the owner who rented directly to us, was a pleasure. He facilitated the process of the rental with professional efficiency, charm and graciousness, and provided a wealth of truly useful information about the location, activities in the vicinity and the Big Island in general. We spent a few days in Volcano National Park before driving to Kailua Kona and checked in smoothly. The condo was really perfect in terms of its convenient location, central to all the sights and activities we wanted to take in, and being a pleasant, comfortable, charming & relaxing environment to come back to after a day of fun in the sun. We found it to be exactly as described down to the smallest detail. We loved sitting down to breakfast and dinner (we dined in almost every day) on the lanai, watching the surfers, paddlers and birds, watching and listening to the sea - just fabulous; the ocean is right there, as are the storied sunsets. We found the condo to be very comfortable & considerately well equipped to meet all our needs and then some. The kitchen contains all the means for cooking a feast, and the bathrooms were clean, with perfect functionality and even a touch of luxury (two sinks and double-head shower in the master bedroom). We were out every day swimming and hiking (including the notorious walk down and back to the Capt. Cook memorial on Kealakekua Bay). That day, we also indulged in a night snorkel with the giant manta rays. Starting out from the condo on Ali’i Drive, we were within 30 min drive from some of the best snorkeling we have enjoyed on all the islands. We were fortunate to swim with green turtles, spinner dolphins and also took the night trip to view the giant Manta rays. Just astonishing! We slept comfortably every night, lulled by the sound of the waves just below the Lanai, and cooled by the breeze, assisted by the ceiling fans, coming through the condo. This was far preferable to AC which would have required closing the doors, overcooling the space and foregoing the experience of the sounds and scents of the ocean. We loved the Big Island on this, our first visit; we had the best time here and want to return soon. And we will certainly choose 405 Kona Bali Kai as our preferred accommodation. Mahalo, Mike and Nicole, for sharing your lovely home on the Big Island!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is there to do on the Big Island? You can swim in rock pools heated by underground lava, see turtles sunning themselves on Punalu’u black sand beach, snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay, enjoy spectacular Aka’ka Falls, watch the Boiling Pots seethe and churn after a rainfall, check out a macadamia nut factory (with warm roasted macadamias) or visit the free zoo in Hilo. You can see dozens of turtles sunning themselves on the secluded beach of Kiholo Bay, drive to the top of Mauna Kea (13,800 feet) and play in the snow, stargaze at the Muana Kea visitor center or rent a mountain bike and coast downhill from Mauna Kea for 36 miles into Hilo. For the adventurous, hike out to the red hot flowing lava of Kileaua, watch the natural fireworks at night as lava oozes into the ocean creating more new land, hike through a tropical rainforest and across the tortured floor of Kileaua Iki crater, explore dozens of lava tubes, hike the arid desert in Volcanoes National Park out to volcanic vents spewing sulfur and steam, careen down the paved (but oooh! so steep) 4-wheel-drive-only road into the Waiapi’o Valley and the 1,450 high Hi’ilawe Falls, hike down to the Captain Cook memorial and incredible snorkeling in crystal clear water (site of Captain Cook’s death), described by natives as “two miles down and four miles up.”
Want more adventure? You can explore numerous sites of ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, hike or four-wheel out to incredible green sand beaches, jump into a fresh water pool in a collapsed lava tube only feet from the salty ocean, explore a forest filled with lava castings of ancient palm trees destroyed by Pele, take a breath-taking helicopter tour of the island, leap off the sea cliffs into the crystal blue ocean or swim in dozens of lava tidepools.
If you haven’t had your fill of natural wonders yet, you can explore the Golden Pools, black sand beaches, one of the highest lakes in the world, natural steam saunas, tortured fields of tephra lava, impenetrable jungles and hike to incredible vistas. Why not snorkel or scuba dive with colorful fish, turtles and other denizens of the sea at dozens of excellent locations, watch Humpback whales migrating, dive or snorkel with the manta rays at night in a phosphorescent ocean or try your hand at fishing for marlin and other billfish?
More sedate activities include visiting the ancient Hawaiian City of Refuge, the Painted Church, the Tsunami Museum, the Sugar Cane Railroad Museum, driving the old highway near Hilo, exploring Banyan Drive or learning about Hawaiian paniolos (cowboys) at Parker Ranch, the largest cattle ranch in the United States. Or enjoy golfing, sunbathing on hundreds of deserted black, white or green sand beaches, discovering Hawaiian culture, shopping, browsing the farmer’s markets in Hilo and Kailua-Kona, shopping at the International Market in Kona, or just enjoying the slower pace of paradise. No matter what you like to do on your vacation, the Big Island of Hawai’i has something for everyone.
The Big Island earned its name because it’s, well, big. While many sights are within a few minutes of the condo, Hilo and Volcanoes National Park are a two hour drive and a full day should be planned for excursions to that side of the island (that’s also the rainy side!). Consequently, if you plan much sightseeing, you will definitely need to pick up a rental car at the Kailua-Kona airport. You won’t need a Jeep to see most of the island, but it can be fun and useful for some of the more adventurous opportunities (or if you want to work on your tan while driving).
The very best resource for exploring the Big Island is a book called “Hawaii – The Big Island Revealed.” This book by Andrew Doughty is in every store in town and at about $12 at Costco or $16 elsewhere it is the best investment you can make to really discover all there is to do on the Big Island. It has a shiny blue cover and you will see it in the hands of nearly every tourist you run across who is out exploring the island.
While our one bedroom condo is across the street from the beach, you need to be aware that you don’t have an ocean view from the condo because other parts of the condo complex on the ocean side of Ali’i Drive block the view. However, that won’t stop you from enjoying the white sand beach and the beautiful sunsets by just walking across the street and relaxing in a lounge chair on the beach. The two bedroom oceanfront unit has beautiful views and is fully remodeled.
To save money on car rentals, reserve well in advance (at least three months, if possible). DO NOT use Orbitz, Expedia, or other travel wholesalers as a rule, except that you should check prices on Discount Hawaii Car Rental. Go online and put in the dates you want and the smallest size car you are willing to accept, and get a quote. The Kona airport has Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, National, Budget, Enterprise, Honk and AutoEurope). A really good price on the Big Island is $250 per week including taxes and fees for a mid-size car; but you could easily pay $700-$800/week in high season (double that for a mini-van). Remember that a reservation is just that – a reservation. You don’t pay until you actually pick up a vehicle at the airport. You can make a reservation early on to be sure you have one and then continue to shop, looking for a better price; if you find one, cancel the more expensive reservation you made at first. If you still think you are paying too much for a rental car, try to get a car on Hotwire. On Hotwire, you can search on your dates and choose the size of car you want; you can often get a deep discount, especially if you are close to your arrival date and the car rental companies have extra inventory. Be aware that on Hotwire, you pay for the rental at the time of booking, unlike all the others listed here who simply make a reservation that you will pay when you pick up the car.
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School:Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon; University of Portland in Portland, Oregon; City University in Bellevue Washington; Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon
Work:Self-employed higher education consultant; previously worked at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon and Centralia College in Centralia, Washington
About:My wife and I began visiting Hawaii about 20 years ago. When we started coming over to the islands two to three times a year we began talking about buying our own place in paradise. We initially bought a one- bedroom condo that was across the street from the beach, but without an ocean view. When we...
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