Paniolo Greens, a Shell Vacations Club Resort: Area Travel Guide
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A Hawaiian Beach at Sunset near the Paniolo Greens Resort

Paniolo Greens

68-1745 Waikoloa Road
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Phone: (808)883-0600

Area Travel Guide

Hike in a tropical rainforest. Explore thousand year old lava tubes and witness a fiery spectacular of fresh lava spilling into the ocean. Hang with the "big fish" – the waters off the coast are known for some of the best sport fishing in the world. The emerald fairways of Waikoloa Village golf course are within a strong 5-iron (200 yards), and there are nine more world-class golf courses within the immediate area. Just down the road, the town of Waimea offers a wealth of art galleries and gourmet restaurants.

Back at your vacation homestead, take a dip in the sparkling pool or play a game of tennis. Or simply relax on your lanai with a handful of freshly picked macadamia nuts as you smell the fragrant plumeria and enjoy the sun.

Your recreational options are equally rich:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Beach sports
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • World-renowned deep-sea fishing

For information or reservations on an evening at Kahua Ranch or Circle Island Historical and Cultural Tours, please contact Sue Foat at 808.883.8601 or email

The Big Island is a unique and exciting place to visit. Surf crystalline tropical waters in the morning and snow-ski on breathtaking Mauna Kea in the afternoon. Visit an active volcano from on the ground or above in a small plane. Hike in a tropical rainforest. Explore thousand year old lava tubes and witness a fiery spectacular of fresh lava spilling into the ocean. Hang with the "big fish" – the waters off the coast are known for some of the best sport fishing in the world. Or take part in the many exciting events and activities that occur year round on the Big Island. There are ten world-class golf courses within a few minutes drive. At the resort, enjoy tennis, swimming, exercise facility and barbequing.

Paniolo Greens Concierge Services is eager to assist you in creating the ultimate vacation experience by scheduling all your activities, so you make the most of your vacation time. Contact 866.927.4048 for additional information. For more information on things to do on the Big Island, including a calendar of events, please click here.

Here are just a few of the wide variety of activities and tours to enjoy during your time on the Big Island:

Big Island Family Fun
Hawaii's Big Island is a big Ohana, and that means family, whether it's a traditional mom & dad and kids, blended, extended, multi generational family reunion or a group of old friends. The Big Island ohana embraces groups of people traveling together, of different ages, with different interests and tastes. And there's an adventure waiting for anyone with a sense of play and imagination.

In one day, a family can experience the desert like lava plains along the Kona Coast and the rainiest city in America, Hilo. Go from sea level to the world's tallest mountain Mauna Kea (13,796 when measured from sea level, 33,500 from the ocean floor), cruise through green rainforest or black lava rock. Watch whales, swim with dolphins, whisper to horses or listen to rare birdsong. The Big Island will offer you a vacation of a lifetime.

The Big Island of Hawaii offers a vast array of fantastic and fun filled cultural, scenic and eco friendly activities and excursions. In order to optimize your vacation time, please feel free to contact your full service concierge prior to arrival at 866.927.4048.

It's all here on the Big Island, in a Big Way!

Awesome family fun filled adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii:

Big Island Air: Consider seeing the Island from a bird's eye view. Your options of either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft will enable you to view towering waterfalls and inaccessible valleys on the Hamakua Coast, black sand beaches bays and even aerial whale watches, along with fantastic views of the North Kohala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains as you approach Hawaii Volcano National Park and witness "Madame Peles" incredible Lava handiwork. An air tour could well be the highlight of your Big Island Visit!

Experience a Snorkeling Excursion: Snorkeling allows you to experience the beauty of Hawaii's underwater world and meet its inhabitants, including Dolphins, green sea turtles colorful tropical fish, eels and even graceful manta rays, and can be enjoyed by all! You will be able to select from high speed "Zodiac" rafts or you may opt for a large catamaran vessel with all of the creature comforts you desire, as you explore Hawaii's amazing marine preserves. Snorkeling isn't just for anybody- it's for everybody.

Indulge yourself at a luau: Lu'au is the Hawaiian word for food, culture and entertainment rolled into one celebration. Select one of your evenings to attend an oceanfront cultural feast offering over twenty selections of Hawaiian and traditional dishes. The center piece being the "Kalua Pig" roasted in an underground oven called an 'imu' for about 12 hours, while you enjoy the dance, chants and music of the Polynesian islands. Make sure you stay and witness the FIRE dancers' grand finale!

Whale and Dolphin Boat Tours: One of the best shows in Paradise takes place every day in the coastal waters of the Big Island. The show is put on by the various species of whales and dolphins that are not far offshore. Hawaii's best known visitor is the magnificent humpback whale that will captivate you in the winter months, and enjoy our year round resident dolphin population. Many types of vessels are available for you to choose from.

Relax and enjoy a Guided Tour: The Big Island gets its name due to its size which is a little more than 4,000 square miles. Car tours around the island are fantastic, or consider an air conditioned sightseeing motor coach or bus tour. Your tour will include waterfalls, black sand beaches, orchid nurseries, and of course the Volcano National Park. Sit back and relax while your professional driver shares the island culture, natural history and geography of the Big Island.

Golfing In Paradise: The Big Island of Hawaii is a golfer's dream come true. Experience the most beautiful courses in the world. Choose from many courses located from sea level to 3000 foot elevation, select from a challenging oceanfront or a mountain side Scottish style links course. You will find a round worth remembering. Golfing on the Big Island is surely "Golfing in Paradise"!

Parker Ranch: Parker Ranch is one of the oldest ranches in the United States. Spreading approximately 150,000 acres of the Big Island, Hawaii, Parker Ranch is also one of the country's largest cattle ranches. Parker Ranch offers opportunities for visitors to learn more about the history and culture of the Ranch by visiting the Parker Ranch Visitor Center and Museum and Historic Homes or take a Wagon Ride with Kohala Carriages to one of our oldest stone corrals. For more information, call: 808.885.5898

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area: Hapuna Beach has something for everyone–shore breaks for body boarders, fish for anglers, and in summer, calm water for swimmers. Diving schools coax novices into the shimmering sea. A one-half mile long band of white sand that is over 200 feet wide in the summer months plus clean, clear water would describe anyone's perfect imaginary beach.

Surf Lessons from Kona Mike Surf Adventures: Take surf lessons from Kona Mike's Surf Adventures on the Big Island. Kona Mike's instructors are experienced Hawaii surfers and are well trained in CPR, first aid, lifeguard certified and trained in professional rescue. You and your family will be well taken care of! Visit or call 808.334.0033.

Health and Wellness through Yoga with Yoga Hale: Visit Yoga Hale for a calming yoga experience. Yoga Hale's classes are set in a friendly and relaxed environment and welcomes people of all ages, genders, and experience. Offering expert instruction and two instructed classes per day including "Hot" style yoga, Vinyasa style yoga, Gentle Yoga designed for beginners or anyone who wants to reacquaint themselves to basic yoga techniques and Yin and Yang Yoga which is a mixture of light hatha yoga flow followed by meditation. For more information and details about upcoming class schedules and other Yoga events visit or call 808.938.9980.

Go Geocaching!: Take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in Hawaii's Big Island and discover a treasure or two along the way. Many geocaching adventures await on

Whale Watching, Waterfall Tours and more with Sea Hawaii Rafting: Get up close and personal with the Hawaiian coastline and marine life on Sea Hawaii Rafting's exciting boat tours and snorkeling adventures! Located in Kona, Sea Hawaii Rafting offers an adventure of a lifetime. The Zodiac adventure tours are state of the art and environmentally friendly. Offering exciting excursion including snorkeling trips to secluded beaches, dolphin encounters, Kohala Coast Waterfall tour, cave and lava tube exploration and whale watching! Their team of experienced captains and crew will lead you to discover the best Hawaii has to offer. 808.325.7444

Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is the original sunset and stargazing adventures. For many years, this experienced tour company has been offering guests an educational and memorable sightseeing adventure to one of Hawaii's most popular destination. Tours last 7-8 hours and picks at the Paniolo Greens Resort. This adventure includes arctic style parkas with hoods, a hearty Hot Supper and Hot Drinks. Visit or call 888.322.2366 for reservations.

W.M. Keck Observatory: From a remote outpost on the summit of Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision. The Observatory Headquarters is an architecture-award-winning facility located on a 7-acre campus in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii. The land for their headquarters was donated by Parker Ranch. Contact: 808.885.7887

If we haven't featured your optimal vacation experience yet you may opt for:

  • A romantic sunset dinner cruise
  • World renowned deep-sea fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Manta ray night snorkeling or glass bottom boat dinner/manta cruise
  • Submarine dives
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Beach sports
  • Hunting
  • And believe it or not much more!

Please call our experienced Big Island professionals prior to or upon arrival, and allow us the privilege of assisting you in creating your best vacation ever at 866.927.4048.

SHOPPING in Waikoloa:

  • Highlands Shopping Center (1/4 mile)
  • Waikoloa Village Market (1/4 mile)
  • The Shops at Mauna Lani (6 miles)
  • Waikoloa Kings Shops (6 miles)
  • Queens Marketplace (6 miles)

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