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I just returned a week ago after staying at Su’s condo and wanted to share my experience.   The last time Liz and I were in Hawaii was 30 years ago for our honeymoon. During the past 30 years we have raised 3 wonderful adults and decided it was time to treat ourselves.

Su’s golf course home is conveniently located about 20 minutes from the Kona Airport in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.   The area is beautifully developed with mature trees, colorful flowers and many wonderful areas to walk and explore.  It is a private home on the 3rd hole of the Waikoloa Beach Course.  We enjoyed watching the golfers while eating breakfast or sipping wine on the lanai.  We played the Beach course on Monday and enjoyed the discounted rate Su offers her guests. We had a wonderful dinner that evening at The Sansei Seafood and Sushi Bar which was a short walk across the street at the Queens Shopping Center.  The following day was our official anniversary date and we had a special dinner at Browns Beach House at Su’s recommendation.  We arrived early and enjoyed drinks and live entertainment while we watched a beautiful sunset at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel balcony.   The food, service, and ambiance at Browns Beach House was spectacular. They even gave us a free mud pie which was a nice surprise.  We spent the next day at the Hapuna Beach State Park and enjoyed the comfortable Tommy Bahama beach chairs and snorkel gear that was in the garage.  That evening we went to the Lava Lava Beach Club and had Mai Tais and appetizers and watched another beautiful sunset.  Make sure to get there early because a lot of people have the same idea.  The following day we did a road trip across the island to Hilo and visited Volcano National Park and walked thru the Lava Cave.  At the Visitors Center, we learned about the history of volcanos and how the islands were formed.  We splurged and did a helicopter tour over an active volcano and beautiful waterfalls.  That was the highlight of our trip.

I give Su my 5 star rating for the condition, location, and amenities offered with her golf course home.  The home was beautifully furnished with comfortable furniture, fast Wi-Fi, television with surround sound, and many nice extras.

Take it from me, you will be very happy staying at Su’s hawaiigolfcondo while in paradise.

Dave and Liz Beckmann

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dolphin journeys

 

The Dolphin Journeys Difference

We are the Original Company to take people to meet and encounter the dolphins as their primary activity. Started in 1996, Capt. Nancy & her crew have been leading people to the joy and amazing experiences of open water encounters with dolphins, manta rays and whale watching. We strive to offer the most safe, educational and deeply rich experience. We understand your precious vacation dollars deserve to be spent on the very best.

Benefits we provide that are not usually found with other operators:

  • Safety Swimmer in the water for every 6 people
  • Neoprene Vests
  • Wet Suits
  • High Quality Masks & Fins
  • Educational component on our trips is second to none

Your Guide

About Your Guide: Captain Nancy Sweatt. A dynamo of many talents, Nancy blends her scientific background as a geologist and oceanographer with years of metaphysical study. Her experience of human cadence gives her a unique understanding of people. Known for her laughter and easy manner, you will be intrigued with her company as she guides you on your journey to renewal and healing.

Formal Training:
B.A. degree in Geology & Oceanography, 1974-78
(studied in the classroom and attended field study in the Bahamas)
NAUI Certified Diver in 1976
PADI Advance Diver in Australia 1982
PADI DiveMaster in 2000
Licensed U.S.G.C. Captain, 2002

Hawaiian Dolphins: Hawaii is a special place to swim with dolphins in the wild. The most common dolphin to swim with is the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin.  There are about 700 t0€“ 1000 Spinner Dolphins that call the Big Island water’€™s home.  Dolphins love to swim with people.  Additional dolphins in Hawaiian waters: Spotted Dolphins, who like to swim with us, Pilot Whales, who may swim with us, and small pods of Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Rare and very special to see are:Dense Beaked Whales, False Killer Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales, and extremely rare, but I have swam with the Sperm Whale.  In the winter the Humpback Whales are in the warm sub tropical waters of Hawaii to give birth to their young.

Dolphin Journeys focuses on the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Pacific Spotted Dolphins and in the winterseason, Humpback Whales.  Most cetaceans are gregarious and love to share their joy.  They have been interacting with humans around the Big Island for about 20 some years.  The Island of Hawaii (Big Island) has a perfect oceanographic floor for the dolphins.  They like shallow, sandy bottom bays to play, teach their young and sleep in by day.  The Kona Coast with the very narrow continental shelf provides the unique co-habitation of human coastal life and marine mammals living and working in the same environment. The water along Kona is clean as an ocean can be and provides a beautiful home for the dolphins.  Humans have had a small impact on the water of West Hawaii.  The primary industry is fishing and that has been the only threat to the dolphins.

Excursions – Book Online

Our renowned Dolphin Journeys ocean excursions will delight you. It is the best way to experience sea life up close in Hawaii. We also offer unique land tours that will enhance your experiences when touring some of the most amazing locations on earth. Due to limited availability, we suggest you reserve today by booking online or contacting us.

Our Excursions

 

 

Package Specials

 

You check in for your trip at the Dolphin Journeys Shop.  The Shop is located at Honokohau Harbor in the Gentry’s Marina shopping area.
Take the Queen K Hwy, Highway 19. From the North you will travel 4.6 miles south of the airport. From the South, it is the 3rd stop light after Palani.
Turn into the Harbor, then take your first right hand turn.
Take the 2nd left – just 100 yards from your right-hand turn.
You will see a strip of buildings with blue roofs. Turn into the parking lot. Dolphin Journeys is on the right hand side next to the Coast Guard.
Come on in. The door maybe closed for air conditioning or because our dogs Chester and Bess are visiting.

 

 

Information for this post was taken from Dolphin Journeys Website.  When on the Big Island, this is a must do event. Su’s daughters recently experienced the Dolphin Journey excursion and said it was awesome!

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See the breathtaking landscapes of the Big Island of Hawaii like a VIP on this unforgettable helicopter tour from Kona. Home to some of the most biologically diverse and dramatic natural features on the planet (volcanoes, beaches, rainforest, lava fields, waterfalls… need we go on?), the Big Island was made for helicopter tours, and this one is particularly wonderful, as it includes a Champagne toast, is perfectly timed with the sunset and is a whopping two hours long. Circle the whole island, from the Hamakua Coast to Kilauea, enjoying the amazing aerial views. This exclusive Viator experience can’t be booked anywhere else!

After hotel pickup, head to the Kona airport to begin your VIP helicopter tour over the Big Island. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and glass of Champagne to mark the occasion. Then board your comfortable Bell 407 helicopter and take off, heading north to fly over the secluded beaches and lava fields along the Kona, Kohala and Hamakua coasts. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary from your pilot, who you can communicate with via your two-way headset.

Next, fly to the far side of the Kohala Mountains to look down on a series of lush hidden valleys, and then cruise down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hover over Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Island’s volcanoes. By this time, the sun will have fallen behind the mountains, allowing you to spot the glowing lava more easily and admire the magma lake in Halema’uma’u Crater.

Continue to the southern tip of the Big Island, passing over the black-sand beach of Punalu’u and the green-sand beach of Papakolea, two of Hawaii’s most striking stretches of coastline. Round the tip of the island and head back north along the west coast, flying over Pu’uhonua ‘o Honaunau National Historic Park, which once served as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke a law. As you fly from the park to Kealakekua Bay, a couple of miles north, the sun begins to set, creating quite a show.

Watch the sky turn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, and keep your eyes peeled for the rare flash of green that appears on the horizon when the conditions are just right. When the sky finally turns dark, return to the airport, from where you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Flight time is approximately two hours; total duration is approximately three hours including the check-in and pre-departure process.  For more information, call +1 855 275 5071

Information for this post taken from Trip Advisor