Big Island: Tour Operator Programs

Tour operators to the Big Island feature a wide range of programs focusing on value-added deals. Here are some of the offers available:
  • Condominium Connection:
  • Sample Package: Kona by the Sea (an Aston Hotels & Resorts' condo resort), Fifth Night Free plan, priced from $172 for unit accommodating one to four people (larger units for up to six people also available), includes two-for-one luau feature for minimum five-night stay (one free luau per unit).

    Other Features: Units are equipped with kitchen, air-conditioning, color cable TV, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Condo complex has a pool, Jacuzzi, and activity desk. The operator pays 13% on its Hawaii programs.

    Other News: Condominium Connection moved earlier this year to 37194 La Baya Drive, Westlake Village, Calif. 91362. Call (800) 423-2976.

  • Classic Hawaii:
  • Sample Package: Kanaloa at Kona (an Outrigger Hotels & Resorts' condo resort) plan is priced from $180 per unit, per night. The property has one- to three-bedroom units with ocean or golf course views.

    Other Features: The complex has an oceanfront restaurant and recreational features (beach is about a 10-minute drive). Clients may add on such activities as a Captain Zodiac Raft Expedition or an Atlantis Submarine adventure. The operator, which also works with various hotel/condo chains on offering money-saving specials, pays 12% commission on its Hawaii packages. Call (800) 865-5765.

  • Happy Tours:
  • Sample Package: Kona Village Resort plan is priced from $216 per unit, per night, plus $105 per adult ($63 for children) for AP. Accommodations are in deluxe thatched-roof cottages with ceiling fans, private lanai, minibar/refrigerator.

    Other Features: The property has a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, pool, three tennis courts, restaurants and lounges, free parking, sailing, water sports and children's program. The operator's Hawaii programs, which are offered in conjunction with United's air service, pay 11%. Call (800) 877-4277.

  • Pleasant Hawaiian
  • Holidays:

    Sample Package: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Fifth Night Free plan, includes daily continental breakfast for two, welcome amenity, family savings features. Two-night plan is priced from $346 per person; seven-night all-inclusive holiday (includes roundtrip air to/from West Coast), from $1,332. Both plans include daily rental car. Rooms are air-conditioned and have lanai.

    Other Features: The hotel is on the beach and has a pool, golf course, tennis, fitness center, sauna, massage, horseback riding, water sports, children's program and exchange privileges with its sister hotel, the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel. Pleasant Hawaiian pays 10% plus overrides based on volume. Call (800) 2-HAWAII; www.pleasantholidays.com.

    Delta Vacations:

    Sample Package: Five-night package offers a choice of hotels. Based on Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (member of Castle Hotels & Resorts), rates are from $599 per person, double, including roundtrip midweek air to/from Los Angeles, inter-island flights by Aloha Airlines, rental car, discounts on bike rental, other features.

    Other Features: Departures from other gateways, a seven-night plan and optional add-on activities are also available. Call (800) 221-6666.

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