Kona Coast Real Estate News

Aug. 25, 2019

Kona’s World Class Diving

The Top 3 Unique Dives in Kona, Hawaii’s Pristine Waters

Manta Night Dive

The Hawaiian Island chain is the most isolated archipelago on the planet, surrounded by pristine waters, rare sea life, and vibrant coral reefs. Scuba divers from around the globe travel to Hawaii to explore its incredible underwater world. Kona, Hawaii, located on the west side of the Big Island, offers some of the best diving conditions in the entire Aloha State. What makes Kona a diver’s paradise? Several key factors make this little beach town a world-class diving destination:

  1. Excellent shore diving
  2. Incredible visibility
  3. Access to deep water dives
  4. Established diving community

Geologically speaking, Hawaii Island where Kona is located is relatively young. As a result, its fringing reef is close to shore and easily accessible, offering excellent access for shore diving in comparison to older islands where the reef is located far offshore. Located on the leeward side of the Big Island, Kona has a dry climate with little rainfall and no rivers. This creates idyllic conditions when it comes to underwater visibility and growing conditions for coral. Kona’s waters have visibility of over 100ft (33.3m). Kona’s underwater topography is characterized by a steep drop-off, which invites a lot of charismatic megafauna to come close to shore and cruise along the reef.

 There are about a dozen dive shops centrally located in Kona that offer boat dives or shore dive excursions as well as gear rentals. While there are many great dives to choose from, here are three top dives in Kona you won’t want to miss.

 Manta Ray Night Dive

Undoubtedly the best dive in Kona, this dive is often voted one of the top five dives in the world. Kona is the only place on the planet where manta rays regularly feed at night. Gliding through the water with their enormous wingspans, Manta rays perform acrobatics as they consume millions of tiny plankton. There are two locations for this dive, one by the Sheraton in Keauhou Bay and the second just north of the Kona Airport. Dive operators will take you to whichever site has better conditions.

Conditions: Both of the manta dive sites are very exposed during winter NW swells. The calmest conditions are during the summer months. Manta rays are not seasonal but their presence varies from day-to-day. Check with the dive shop about the recent manta ray sightings before you book your dive, as they cannot refund you if you don’t see mantas. Dive Shops: try Jack’s Diving Locker, Kona Diving Company, or Pacific Rim Divers.

Crescent Beach Shore Dive

A favorite amongst local divers, this site offers incredible diversity. Because of its location right outside the Honokohau Harbor, this dive is well known for the possibility of viewing tiger sharks, turtles, spotted eagle rays, and even spinner dolphins. Caution: dive here at your own risk. Be aware that following the drop-off will take you right underneath boat traffic in and out of the harbor. It is a perfectly safe spot as long as you do not ascend or surface swim above the drop-off. Check out this site for more details.

Conditions: 10-15 minute walk over lava rock from the parking lot to a sandy beach entry. Winter NW swells make this site choppy. More tiger sharks are seen during the summer months. Dive Shops: Try Jack’s Diving Locker for gear rental and shore diving maps/directions, dive club information, and local dive-buddies.

Pelagic Magic/Black Water Night Dive

Another truly phenomenal dive, this black water dive is unique to Kona. Because the seafloor drops off so quickly and close to shore, divers can charter a boat out to the open ocean where the water is over a mile (1.6km) deep. Divers are tethered to the boat while the boat drifts through areas of upwelling that bring bioluminescent invertebrates up to the surface to feed at night. It is practically like diving in outer-space! If you’re lucky you might see larger animals such as dolphins feeding, juvenile billfish, and even some curious sharks. It is not an exaggeration to say that this dive is jaw-dropping and wild. Some divemasters say they see unidentified species of critters on the regular during this dive.

Conditions: This is an advanced boat night dive. Most dive shops require that you have a certain number of dives logged and may even require you to book other dives with them beforehand so the divemasters can assess your skill level. Dive Shops: Jack’s Diving Locker or Kona Honu Divers. Inquire about manta and black water dive combo prices.

 

Are you a diving enthusiast or ocean lover whose dream is to own a home or investment property on the Kona coast? Contact me to learn more about real estate inventory currently available in Kona. Living in close proximity to Kona’s pristine waters and world-class diving can be a reality!

Wishing You Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!

Anastasia

Posted in News
April 1, 2019

What I Love About the Big Island of Hawaii!

My Move To Hawaii Island

Big Island. Hawaii. Anastasia Gaido

Upon my first visit to Hawaii, I fell in love with the Big Island’s natural charm right away. The spirit of Aloha and Hawaii’s rich cultural history are represented here more than anywhere else around the world. The simple lifestyle, laid back atmosphere, and people make this beautiful island second to none!

Like most, my story started with a visit, but before long, my vacation turned into an extended stay. I know first-hand how the island grabs on to you and before long you are hooked with a deep understanding of island lifestyle living.

Life flows here at a slow and patient pace. Fewer tourists, and a laid-back country vibe — make it a great place to relax. Whatever it is that thrills you – including water activities, hiking, retail therapy, eclectic cuisine, spa indulgences and luxury resorts with plenty of golf, tennis, yoga and fitness classes – you’ll find it here on the Big Island.

 

I am passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island and staying true to what the island has to offer. Whether you are looking to buy, build, or sell, I’m here to help and share this slice of paradise with you.

 
Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!
Anastasia
 
Posted in News
March 20, 2019

Satisfy Appetite on Kailua-Kona Property

Huggos  has stood proudly on the Big Island’s oceanfront providing sensational scenery and decadent dining to visitors and residents of Kailua-Kona property. Perfect Pacific Ocean scenery sets the mood. Diners find ideal spots overlooking the water’s edge where fishermen are often casting out in hopes of success. Spectators respond with cheers ringing out when anglers reel in a hefty catch. Aquatic wildlife is also often spotted in the waves to the delight of patrons of the restaurant.

Huggos blends a bit of Hawaiian history with Mother Nature’s beauty. First opening way back in 1969 generations of Hawaiians and their traveling friends have stopped in for a bite to eat and breath of fresh air. Staying true to a lifelong goal to “provide a memorable evening and dining experience rather than simply a meal,” this iconic eatery sets the scene for enduring memories. There are stories mixed with memories in this familiar piece of Kailua-Kona real estate, and folks come for the comfort as well as the food.

Hawaiian Sunsets Equal Romantic Moments on Kailua-Kona Real Estate

The menu boasts a satisfying combination of surf and turf cuisine. From Pacific Rim seafood to tender steak and chicken dishes, everyone finds something to their liking. Early birds greet the morning with breakfast at Huggos starting at 7 a.m. Days are started right with cakes by the ocean, shrimp and rice omelettes and Kahakai breakfasts. Eye opening signature cocktails provide just the right accent to tasty meals. The dining room opens at 5 p.m. and features local faire. Edited on a regular basis dinner options are offered correspond to Hawaii’s seasonal resources. While changes keep things fresh, quality and taste are the constants that bring people in.

Sunsets are spectacular on this Kailua-Kona property and go hand in hand with romantic moments and fun times. Live entertainment floods the venue with music on Friday and Saturday nights adding to the cozy ambiance. Local musicians living nearby share their talents by stepping onto the Kailua-Kona stage. Reservations are suggested as Huggos can stir up quite a crowd. Call ahead at 808.329.1493 or book online and find your table waiting.

I am passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island and staying true to what the island has to offer. Whether you are looking to rent, sell or buy, I’m here to help and share this slice of paradise with you.

Wishing You Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!

Anastasia

 

Posted in News
March 20, 2019

Ride the Waves With Local Kona Property Experts

Set your sights on mastering the sea on Kona property. Kona Surf Company leads the way to conquering the waves. Whether by surfboard or stand up paddle board aquatic adventures await. Offering lessons and tours the company knows all about the ocean from the sand at the beach to the salt in the air. Safety comes first and all staff members are kept up to date on safety and water sport skills.

Anyone can learn to surf, and at Kona Surf Company it’s guaranteed. Youngsters and oldtimers alike will catch a wave in no time under the confident tuteledge of this local Kona property. Group lessons are great for kids 11 and over. Friends on vacation or just ready for some fun get on board. Semi private and private lessons help others concentrate just a bit better. Open to practically any age, toddlers and grandpas will be hanging ten quite quickly. Boards, surf shirts and booties are provided at no extra charge.

Hang Ten When Living in Waikoloa

Capable surfers engage in the ultimate Hawaiian experience by partaking in a surf tour. Area experts paddle out to secret spots and share insider knowledge of the best places to surf. Excited surfers can expect to encounter lava slabs, rolling peaks, point breaks and more. Kona Surf Company provides the ride and pick up at various beaches. Participants are required to bring their own board. Trips are customized depending on current surf conditions and the customer involved. Optional items may include hiking boots, fishing poles, tents, jackets and other items necessary for a good time.

When the ocean calls out to those visiting or living in Waikoloa or Kohala can grab the moment. Kona Surf School has stand up paddle boards available for rent. Use the boards for day time trips or keep for a full week. A variety of styles are available to choose from and happy employees are ready to help select. Questions about rentals and lessons can be answered by calling 808.217.5329.

I am passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island and staying true to what the island has to offer. Whether you are looking to rent, sell or buy, I’m here to help and share this slice of paradise with you.

Wishing You Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!

Anastasia

 

Posted in News
March 20, 2019

Shop Local Until You Drop on Waimea Property

Saturday shopping has never been better on Waimea property. At the Waimea Town Market shoppers stroll about searching out wares under the Hawaiian sun. Located on the Parker School Campus at 65-1224 Lindsey Rd. the market is conveniently close to Waimea homes. Big Island products fill the landscape providing a plethora of items to choose from. From fresh produce, deliciously prepared foods, homemade goodies, merchandise and more there’s plenty to pick from.

Farm fresh produce comes to the market from all over the Big Island. Veggies are green and leafy, colorful and crisp. Fruits are picked straight from the tree or right off the vines. Meats and cheeses are rich and flavorful and macadamia nut shoppers find exactly what they are looking for. Hawaiian coffees and teas earn rave reviews worldwide. Locals living in Waimea flock to the market in order to keep a steady supply on hand at home. Robust and flavorful, the selection seems endless.

Stroll the Local Market and Soak Up the Sunshine By Waimea Homes

Shopping can definitely stir up an appetite. Those meandering around will find plenty of satisfying foods to sample. Tummies are tempted by a supply of snacks and full on meals. Couples walk hand in hand indulging in coconut milk gelatos. In the morning the smell of bacon wafts out causing many to decide breakfast sandwiches are the way to go. Vegan and gluten dishes are also discovered along the aisles bringing smiles to those with special dietary needs. Freshly squeezed lemonade and fruit juices are perfectly refreshing during sunshiny days.

Finding flowers and plants is a favorite part of the market. An array of Hawaii’s bountiful flora and fauna are available for purchase by growers. Colorful blooms and vibrant green plants add a spark of beauty to area homes. The Waimea Town Market takes place each Saturday from 7 a.m. to noontime. Plenty of Waimea property residents make trips a weekly occurrence. Get a glimpse of participating vendors before heading out.

I am passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island and staying true to what the island has to offer. Whether you are looking to rent, sell or buy, I’m here to help and share this slice of paradise with you.

Wishing You Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!

Anastasia

 

Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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I am passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island and staying true to what the island has to offer. Whether you are looking to rent, sell or buy, I’m here to help and share this slice of paradise with you.

Wishing You Much Aloha and A Hui Hou!

Anastasia

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