Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations
Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations is at 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive Waikoloa, HI 96738. This is on the big island or the Island of Hawaii.
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Day One Travel & Arrival at Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations
I was fortunate to be traveling from one resort to another on this trip. If not, my journey would have been a long flight from the east coast to the west, and then on to Hawaii itself. Anywhere from 15+ hours of travel. It is a long flight, but certainly worth the hours in the air to get to Hawaii.
For myself, it was just spending the day visiting things on the big island and waiting for checking in time. From your check out by 10 AM until a 4PM check in later in the day, you need to keep yourself busy and stay aware of your basic needs.
The tower itself is a unique resort design. The main building appears to be almost a giant infinity sign when looked at from photos above. It is several stories tall and offers garden views that are impressive, even from Hawaii standards. Hawaii has some of the most amazing plants and flowers in the entire world.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- In-Room Safe
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Pools
- Business Center
- On Site Restaurants
- Fitness Center
- Concierge Services
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau national historic park since it’s part of the national park service I brought my America the beautiful pass with me which gives free entry to the park. I spent my full morning here. I have deemed this park one of the best areas on the big island. The grounds of this park are an important part of the ancient Hawaiian history and one of the best places to immerse yourself into the culture. Although the park is really small, it is definitely one of those areas you have to add to your big island itinerary this is a must stop place um if you’re on the big island wow it is so beautiful here and it’s quiet there’s like nobody around just so peaceful and beautiful like I can’t express how beautiful it is here these palm trees everywhere and everything it’s just you got to do it so we just finished up scoping out the historic side here.
Day Two on the Big Island
The big island is the largest of the Hawaiian islands. It’s 4038 square miles and twice the size of all the other islands combined. Kona and Hilo are the two main towns on the big island. Kona is on the leeward side and tends to be a bit drier while Hilo is on the windward side and tends to get more rain.
Both Kona and Hilo do have their own airports. Kilauea is located on the big island and it is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The big island is the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, forming new land after significant eruptions from Kilauea.
Mauna Kea is the tallest peak in Hawaii and the only place in the state that receives annual snowfall most of the world’s macadamia nuts come from the big island of Hawaii and you can visit the Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory while on the island. Also, the big island is home to the iron man world championship, which is typically held in October, so you may want to avoid visiting the island around that time because it can get crowded. Hawaii volcanoes national park visiting the national park is an absolute must do when visiting the big island. I spent the whole day exploring different sites, including the Kilauea crater, the whole sea arch and the Thurston lava tube.
Then I went back into the park at night for some stargazing and since Kilauea was active at the time of our visit, we got to enjoy the lava glow at night seeing Kilauea erupting at night was one of the most incredible things I saw while visiting the big island. I cannot recommend it enough. In the description, below we’ll link our video about things to do and what to expect when visiting volcanoes national park Mauna kea. Mauna kea is the highest peak in Hawaii and is the most sacred of the Hawaiian volcanoes getting a chance to head up to the summit is an incredible sight we drove up to the visitor center at 9000 feet to take in the sweeping views below you must have a vehicle with four-wheel drive to reach the peak at over 13 000 feet.
Hapuna beach is one of the most beautiful beaches we visited on the big island the sprawling white sand and crystal clear water made it a great stop it’s a famous beach so it can get crowded with visitors you will have to pay a parking fee if you are not a Hawaiian resident.
Waipio valley located on the north side of the island. Waipio valley is a beautiful sight . The valley leads down to a black sand beach right on the ocean. I only hiked to the overlook because the steep hike down to the bottom is pretty strenuous driving down. The drive down the valley is possible but not recommended without a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Akaka falls state park this park takes you on a half-mile loop to view the 442-foot waterfall the park is located north of Hilo and the trail to the falls isn’t very strenuous at all you’ll wind through some lush green forest on a paved path to the viewing area for the falls there is a five dollar entry fee for non-Hawaiian residents and a parking fee.
Everyone says that coffee from Hawaii is so much better than what we have on the mainland. After visiting and taking a tour of Greenwell farms in Kona we completely understand why the process to make Kona coffee is a long one. Starting with the fact that it takes three years for a coffee plant to reach maturity. Imagine you drink two cups of Kona coffee a day that is equivalent to eight to 10 plants a year. That’s why this coffee is so delicious and tends to be a bit more pricey. There are over 800 coffee farms in the Kona belt region, so pick one and take a tour. I had a great time on our tour of Greenwell farms.
Day Three Beach Day
With some of the most amazing beaches in the world today, I plan to spend my time on the sand and in the waters here.
Magic Sands is the name for the first beach today. It is named that because the sands magically appear and disappear, depending on tides, time of the year, a lot of factors.
On this trip the sand was here, so I went to check it out. This beach is very small as it’s located along the main avenue in Kailua-Kona, Aliʻi Drive, and it can get packed.
Hapuna Beach, Big Island This breathtaking spot is the largest white sand beach on the Big Island.
It’s fairly flat, not too crowded, perfect for families, and has great snorkeling, swimming, and boogie boarding areas. There are trees that give plenty of shade and a lava tube on the south end of the beach to enjoy!
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai Hulopoe Beach, is Lanai’s most famous stretch of sand and extends pearly white along the island’s southern coast.
Throughout much of the year, protected Hulopoe Bay offers ideal swimming and snorkeling conditions, and at low tide, the eastern side of the bay boasts several large volcanic rock tide pools filled with colorful sea life. Hulopo’e Bay is Lanai’s most popular swimming and picnicking beach, that is great for families. The area is a protected marine preserve, so no ship is allowed to anchor in this bay. Turtles and spinner dolphins are frequently seen here and delight all the visitors.
Make your vacation dreams a reality in Hawaii and consider this resort for your accommodations. Just make sure to book through Tzort for a great price.