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Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

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Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

Amywogg · 26 forum posts

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Jun 6, 2018, 1:35 PM

We are booked at Hapuna Beach Hotel starting on June 11th for 6 nights. We were originally going to stay in Kona but changed due to all of the vog. We have changed hotels multiple times and only have a couple more days to switch without any fees. I initially rebooked at Moana Lani but then decided to switch to Hapuna. I am considering switching back to the Moana Lani. We paid a little less at the Hapuna for an ocean view room, where at Moana Lani we had a garden View room. I love having an ocean view and it sounds like the rooms at Hapuna are fantastic. It sounds like Moana Lani has better snorkeling and more food within walking distance though. How is the snorkeling at Hapuna? Do they have loungers on the beach for hotel guests at Hapuna? Can you bring your personal belongings on to the beach and either without worrying about them being stolen? Thanks for any input on this.

I should add that it will be myself and husband, both in our forties, and our two kids that are 10 and 15. We are planning on swimming, snorkeling and doing some sightseeing throughout the island. I'm not super concerned about the construction noise, but maybe I should be?

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1. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

Where were you originally staying in Kona??

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2. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

First Royal Kona, then Holiday Inn Express

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3. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

Amy, it's Mauna Lani. : ) I would switch back there for several reasons, including the fact that construction at Hapuna is still very much a thing. Also, I'd prefer the walkability to shops & restaurants at ML. I also like Makaiwa and the shoreline at ML better than I do Hapuna, but I'm not an avid snorkeler so I can't speak to that.

They were booked at the Holiday Inn Express in Kailua-Kona, Andrew.

~ Colleen

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4. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

Were were in the same boat as you. I really couldn't decide so I booked a couple of nights at each since we had plan to experience both beaches anyway. I know some people don't like to move but it doesn't bother us as we enjoy the change of scenery. Plus the Hapuna was only $194 when we booked and all of the nights at ML were out of our budget. We are heading to Hapuna today! Good luck I'm sure either will be great!

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Oh yes....Mauna Lani....thank you Colleen.

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6. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

I agree Kristina...I don't think we can go wrong with either. I hope you post again and give an update on Hapuna.

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8. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

I mean Krista....I don't normally use my phone for Trip advisor.

Thanks for the feedback thus far. How is the snorkeling at Hapuna?

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I mean Krista....I don't normally use my phone for Trip advisor.

Thanks for the feedback thus far. How is the snorkeling at Hapuna?

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10. Re: Hapuna Beach hotel or Moana Lani?

Hapuna has the better beach, but Mauna Lani has better snorkeling. Hapuna has just been renovated (but there is a nearby building that is still being worked on), whereas the Mauna Lani will be closing in October for extensive renovations, so might be considered a bit 'tired' in its fitout.

If you have a car your snorkeling options open up significantly of course! There's great snorkeling at Waialea Bay (sometimes referred to as Beach 69) which is very close to Hapuna as a starter.

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