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2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

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2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

We start our BI trip in VNP for 3 days. Then to Kapoho for 4 days. I would like to spend our last 2 nights in Kona. Especially being an Ironman fan. Thinking about touring a coffee plantation and a manta ray dive. We are 2 couples and are looking for a condo. Our budget is $250/night and would like to walk into town if possible. But not a priority. Is there anything beachfront that works for us?

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1. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

I assume you are wanting two bedrooms.

You are unlikely to find anything walkable in that range if you are there during Ironman week.

As there is little beach in Kona, there is not much that is beachfront. Oceanfront, maybe, but it's a rocky lava shore, and during this week, the $250 places are going for $500 and more.

Do you have your rental car reservations? Rental cars will sell out that week, too.

Edited: 27 August 2013, 05:18
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2. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

We are not going in Oct. But would like to swim/bike some of the IM course. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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3. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

Sorry, it was my assumption that you were going in October. We've had a couple of questions from people traveling during this time and it's difficult to help them find what they want.

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4. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

There are no beaches to speak of in Kailua Kona. The IM swim route, which I used to do regularly, is quite unsafe due to heavy and inconsiderate boat traffic. I would stay on the Kohala Coast both for beach access and better swimming. Kapoho open ocean access is very poor and the snorkeling, despite some hype to the contrary, not very good (and given the poor water quality, dangerous IMO). At least with a couple of days on the Kohala Coast you can get in some good snorkeling, swimming, and beach time.

Reading through the Top Quesfions on lodging in both Kona and Kohala will assist you. You can find oceanfront (but generally no ocean access) in/near town in Kailua Kona as well as a wide variety of condos on the Kohala Coast walking distance to beaches and open ocean access.

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7. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

Hahah yeah, who am I going to believe, the person who donates their time for free to help out travellers in exchange for absolutely nothing, or the person who has everything to gain from advertising the city as something it is not?

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8. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

You know what's really sad? This post by Innkeeper is legit (in the sense that it doesn't promote). But, when you've already spammed the board..............nobody believes you anymore. And if you're not capable of following guidelines to post-why would anyone think your business is good?

It wouldn't matter if there was one beach or a thousand-you're dead meat here. Nice ob hurting yourself.

Edited: 29 August 2013, 21:39
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sorry........"job" not "ob"!!

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10. Re: 2 days in Kona. Looking for lodging

Kona Innkeeper:

On all the islands, beach does indeed mean sand, No sand equals designation as oceanfront, not beach.

Anyone who looks at the filter categories on VRBO can see that VRBO distinguishes clearly, and there is no "the Big Island is young and has little sand so letʻs call a rocky shoreline beachfront" wiggle room in play.

Shea made a precise comment about beaches IN Kailua Kona, not beaches in a range outside of town that are in Kona district. She is always clear about the distinction between Kailua Kona and North Kona district.

mike, the Ironman course is only doable in such a busy area because of the extensive road closures and controls on water traffic, so if you think about it, you cannot hope to replicate anything like the conditions during the race that make the course safe ... sorry!

You can bike north on the highway, as the shoulder is pretty wide, but you should know that during Ironman, there are large road signs temporarily up that warn drivers to watch for Ironman athletes biking in prep. Not coming around race time, you are on your own and drivers are not looking for cyclists. You can still do it, but you do need to bike defensively. Shea explained about the boat traffic in the swim area.