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Resort w excellent snorkelling

Sydney, Australia
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Resort w excellent snorkelling

Hi Guys,

My husband and I are travelling to Big Island in April and we are thinking of staying on the Kohala Coast for 6 nights. We love snorkeling, diving, hiking and stunning scenery.

Which resort has a good snorkeling beach? We will have a car and plan to travel around the island but I do love going for an early morning snorkel to start the day and prefer excellent places within walking distance.

We would prefer accommodation options that have a kitchen and a view. Budget is around $300-$400 pn.

Thanks in advance.

Big Island, Hawaii
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31,164 posts
1. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

The Mauna Lani. Some of the best snorkeling in the state. Your budget will get you a beautiful, oceanfront condo at the Mauna Lani Point or Mauna Lani terrace, both a short walk to the lovely snorkel beach at Makaiwa.

Sydney, Australia
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36 posts
2. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

Thanks Shea!

I have Mauna Lani on my shortlist.Whats the main different between the Point & Terrace? I understand both are part of the same complex?

Also would VBRO be the best place to book?

Brisbane, Australia
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3. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

Shea, is Makaiwa publicly accessible if not staying at Mauna Lani?

Sorry to drop in on your thread.

Edited: 15 February 2017, 11:43
Big Island, Hawaii
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4. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

Mauna Lani Point and the Terrace are two different condo complexes. The Point is south of Makaiwa, and the Terrace is just north of it. The Terrace is built around the fishponds. I would start with vrbo but when you find a unit you like, google it to see if you can find listings outside of vrbo for it, either with a management company or private owner website, as the fees may be less.

Peter, all beaches in Hawaii are public. The only issue with Makaiwa is the public access parking lot is a long way from the beach itself, about 2/3 of a mile.

Brisbane, Australia
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5. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

Thanks Shea. Love your work!!

6. Re: Resort w excellent snorkelling

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