This beautiful luxury beach resort on the Kohala Coast is chock-full of excellent features: top-rated dining, golfing, tennis, fitness training, and spa experiences. It's pricier than some comparable resorts in the area, but free extras help compensate (valet parking, Wi-Fi, and newspaper delivery, to name a few). Free activities at the on-site Hawaiian cultural center -- including tours of the historic rock carvings and the former royal fishing ponds on the grounds -- are also a highlight.
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is located on the Kohala coast, where ancient sites coexist with luxury resorts and renowned golf courses. Nearby Waimea (a.k.a Kamuela, the area's newer, official name) is a major agricultural hub, where many of the country's vegetable and flower farms are located. It's also where Hawaiian cowboys (known as "paniolos") reigned in the 1800s, wrangling wild Longhorns, and later, establishing ranches.
The Big Island is packed with natural wonders, including active volcanoes, where visitors can still see lava flows, numerous beaches, and rainforests. It's by far the largest of the Hawaiian islands, so be prepared to drive to experience some of the top attractions.
37-minute drive from Kona International Airport
2-hour drive from Hilo International Airport
Kalahuipuaa Fish Ponds are located on-site
2-minute drive or 14-minute walk to the Puako Petroglyph Preserve
13-minute drive to the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, one of the island's top beaches
20-minute drive to the Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
35-minute drive to Waimea
45-minute drive to Kailua-Kona
1-hour-45-minute drive to Akaka Falls State Park, home to the 442-foot Akaka Falls and the 100-foot Kahuna Falls
2-hour drive to Mauna Kea Observatories (at the summit)
4-hour drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the island's most popular volcanoes
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