Kona Magic Sands, Big Island

Kona Magic Sands is a beachfront condominium resort in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, located next to Magic Sands Beach Park and a peaceful park. The resort offers a variety of amenities, including an oceanfront pool, two BBQ grills, a coin-operated laundry room, and free assigned parking for one car. The on-site restaurant, Magics Beach Grill, provides a convenient dining option for guests. The resort is within 2-3 miles of downtown Kailua-Kona, offering easy access to shops and restaurants.

The well-maintained grounds and common areas of Kona Magic Sands provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for vacationers. The resort is conveniently located near the Kona Trolley shuttle and ebike station, offering easy transportation to nearby attractions. With its oceanfront location, proximity to white sand beaches, and a range of amenities, Kona Magic Sands is an ideal choice for vacationers seeking a comfortable and convenient stay in Hawaii.

Kona Magic Sands Average Rates


As of June 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Kona Magic Sands is $219. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 395 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Kona Magic Sands condo resort on Big Island receives generally positive reviews from guests, with many highlighting its beautiful location, proximity to Magic Sands beach, and the stunning ocean views as major highlights. Guests appreciate the clean grounds, great pool, and the convenience of having a restaurant attached to the resort. The sound of the ocean waves is mentioned frequently, with most finding it very soothing, though a few note it can be loud at times. The resort's location is also praised for being a nice base for exploring the west side of the island and for its amazing sunsets and delightful mornings.

However, there are some points of improvement noted by guests. Cleanliness issues in some units, problems with property management responsiveness, and minor maintenance issues like outdated amenities and the need for appearance improvements are mentioned. Despite these drawbacks, many guests express a desire to return, citing the location, views, and overall experience as reasons for their satisfaction. The provision of beach and snorkeling equipment by some units is also a well-appreciated feature. A few guests experienced issues with pests like roaches and ants, and there were occasional complaints about noise from nearby roads and the lack of air conditioning in some units. Overall, guests seem to enjoy their stays at Kona Magic Sands, especially valuing its oceanfront location and the amenities provided. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 395 guest reviews.

Recent Kona Magic Sands Reviews


It appears that the road in front of the apartment building is a thorough fair. We did not know that the traffic never stopped. Neither did the noise in addition to that across the street or parking lots evidently for the restaurant and for people using the beach I’m not sure which, it appears that base music in cars is still popular in Hawaii and they are there all day every day I had to walk across the street to beg them to please turn the base on the radios down. We would never have rented there if we would have known, there was a party lot across the street. I think it’s unfair. You don’t tell people people about it.
CAROL K.
March 2024

Nice condo with great ocean view in a reasonable location. Unfortunately the Magic Sands were magically gone and the beach was rocky and gnarly. Kind of rough surf for my taste and ability. We could see lots of yellow tang fish and black ones from the window when the sun came out and the wind was not blowing. Saw the whales breaching from the window and a pod of dolphins. My main problem was with the mirrors on almost every surface. Confusing for me although I know it is to make the room seem larger. Needs another shade in the kitchen to keep the lights from the highway in front from reflecting off the mirrors and windows. You don’t hear the road much because the surf is roaring almost constantly like a train going by. I got used to it. It’s really close. About 20 feet away. Even though the pictures look like the condo has one, there is no balcony. It was curiously removed to make the rooms larger. Not a new building but mostly well maintained. A good stay all things considered.
Stephen P.
March 2024

Nice stay . Cleaning person was not rude but we also did not see checkout time correctly. We took care of the place and kept it clean as we found it
Lynda L.
March 2024

We enjoyed our Trip. Condo has everything you"ll need. Beautifully located. Saw Whales, A turtle, lots of snorkelers The restaurant at the .site was delish. there's also a hut that serves Breakfast burritos.That were amazing. I would highly recommend this property. we hope to return in the future
Debra W.
March 2024

Very nice
Michael L.
February 2024

The condo was as advertised and did not disappoint. We loved the ocean front location and beautiful sunset views. We liked that the unit was very well stocked and had beach snorkel gear, chairs, etc. The kitchen and bath were nicely updated. We also liked the close proximity to some nice beaches and being not too far from downtown Kona. It was also good having the restaurant attached to the building and overlooking the ocean and beach. We would definitely come here again.
Robert T.
February 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the property in Kona. Highly recommend.
Aaron R.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was somewhat dissatisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: I would love to give a 5 star. However, there were many issues that should be addressed for the next guests. These are simple fixes. First, bed sheets are Awful! Old, worn and scratchy. 2. One set of towels are not enough for a couple/week stay (I don't want to wash on VAC). 3. The rattan furniture is old, dusty and very uncomfortable. The details matter. You would get return guests if these simple fixes were applied. As I stated the view is priceless.
G R.
February 2024

Had a issue on first night with oven, because of time difference between Hawaii and Canada I was not able to get anyone that night. But in the morning owner did contact us and fixed issue. Great location, 5-star view, had everything anyone could need.
jeff C.
February 2024

Enjoyed our stay and will stay again. Location and views were as expected. We go to Hawaii annually, really like the Kona area, but our first stay at this VRBO. Jan was quick to respond when we didn't have hot water. Once we knew it was a breaker issue, we just had to flip it back every few minutes when showering. Minor issue and everything else was great. Thanks.
Jeff G.
February 2024

Convenient, very clean, and well furnished. Owners provide everything you need for comfortable lodging. It appears the condo has been updated with new appliances, bathroom, and bed. The owners also provide quality beach chairs, towels, snorkeling equipment, and an umbrella so you can enjoy the nearby beaches. The western wall of the unit is all glass and the ocean sunsets are outstanding and perfectly framed by palms. We would definitely recommend this Vrbo listing. (Just so you know, you do not have access to the ocean at the adjacent "Magic Sands Beach" in Winter months when the trade winds scour the sand away from the shore. However, there is still a sandy shelf for sunbathing and other activities. The sandy beach "magicallly" return in the Spring when the winds shift. There are other wonderful beaches north and south of Kona for snorkeling and swimming in the Winter months.)
Gregory B.
February 2024

Amazing views, beautiful , updated and clean property. Location was ideal and options for bar and restaurant. Been to Kona Kailua many times and will stay here again if given the chance
Catherine C.
February 2024

Wonderful stay. Appreciate all the amenties.
P G.
February 2024

Oceanfront is impressive. We had nice meals on the balcony, the view and ambiance is unforgettable . Location is perfect for staying in Kona. Magic Sand just disappeared, so we traveled to other places. Nice snorkeling at 4mi bay, walking close to the studio
Evgeny K.
February 2024

Nice old condo right on the ocean. Restaurant next door was good
Charles M.
February 2024

Can't get any closer to the water than here. Area was quiet with a small beach nextdoor. Bed was comfortable, plenty of towels, great location. We'd stay here again
Ross C.
February 2024

This condo is right next to the waves. Never thought id get tired of the waves but winter swells almost did it. But not quite. Waking up and seeing up and down the coast with the help of the mirrors was at first disconcerting but after i got used to it. It was awesome to see every direction all at once. A very great location and your own parking space was also a bonus. We arrived on a very late midnight flight and no worries about finding or getting into our condo. This is a corner apt, the view is incredible. And ted was quick and to the point in correspondences. There are coolers on site and found the chairs and boogie boards, along with other treasures on the last day. Right in the closet.
glenda p.
January 2024

We’ve stayed in several units at Magic Sands and highly recommend this one. Very clean and updated. AC works great. View is spectacular. Even though waves were unusually high so we didn’t get to snorkel right outside this time, we loved watching whales, dolphins, and sunsets from the lanai. We would definitely stay here again and look forward to planning another trip as soon as we can.
John Y.
January 2024

We really like the location. The view is tremendous, and the condo was perfect for two.
Jeffrey D.
January 2024

This is a nice little condo perfect for a couple. It was clean, well organized and appointed sufficiently for our needs.
Meagan C.
January 2024

You cannot get any closer to the ocean than we are here! The room is just as described and has everything you need. Very close to shops if you wanted to walk to dinner. Parking space is a little tight - luckily while we were here there was an open space next to us and behind us so we could make adjustments (my husband is a UPS driver so he's very good at getting into spaces and he said this would have been difficult if those spots were full so just a heads up). You can hear some traffic noise but nothing crazy. It was a great spot for us to spend a few days.
Melissa P.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: what a location. only 12m from the ocean, with the sound of waves crashing into the rocky shore line, whales breaching and amazing sunsets with a small but good beach at the end of the building. Was busy over Xmas New years but where isn't. Location scores it 200%.
Duncan C.
January 2024

We loved this place and this location. We came here for our 25th wedding anniversary and I can't imagine a better place. We toured around to other beaches on the island, but our favourite beach was the one right next door to the condo -- Magic Sands Beach -- what a sweet spot! The restaurant attached to the building -- Magic Sands Grill -- is also fantastic, as are the people who work there -- from Brooke who manages the restaurant, to Anthony the sous-chef, to Paul who washes dishes in the back -- wonderful people and great food made with pride. Our week at Kona Magic Sands was a dream -- I only wish we were still there. Beautiful unit, amazing location!
Mark W. S.
January 2024

We arrived from the mainland tired and soon got into bed. The first thing I noticed was that sheets smelled bad. They were stinky!! I tried to go to sleep. I was so tired, but the smell kept me awake. I kept waking up to the smell. I decided to go to grocery the first thing in the morning and wash the sheets. Fortunately there was a washer and detergent there. When I removed the sheets, there was sand where the feet would be. My conclusion was that someone had been sleeping in those sheets! Disgusting!!!
Dianne P.
January 2024

Our stay was perfect! The condo appears to have been newly renovated. It was clean, had an amazing view and was very comfortable. Would definitely recommend!!
Paula L.
January 2024

The location and oceanview of the accomodation was very good, also pleasant with a parkingspot for each room. However did we not sleep very well, you can not darken the room because of thin linnen curtains so you will be awake by sunrise. Also the room wasn't so clean, contained a lot of dust.
Cherilyn
January 2024

It’s as advertised. Photos are accurate and the ocean front location is excellent value for the $.
Drew C.
January 2024

It was our 45th anniversary! The unit was right on budget and located where it was central to our activities! Upon entering the unit the view will take your breath away, the sunsets are exquisite, the ocean breezes and the sound of the waves are phenomenal and constant, you will leave the doors open as we did continuously! Dawn and Tim were reachable at anytime & promptly replied on our inquiries. There were 2 pods of Dolphins that swam right in front of the lanai! What a site! If you love barbecuing they have a couple they were handy for the steaks! It’s fully equipped with appliances, linens, dishes and even beach chairs, we had a spectacular time, enjoy your time there! 5+ rating Tom & Deb (Canada)
Tom O.
January 2024

Amazing location and perfect for a stay in Hawaii- loved it
Kanani K.
January 2024

Great location
Trey P.
December 2023

We stayed here the week before Christmas and had a great visit! This condo is close to downtown but far enough away to not really be in town. There is some traffic noise (as it is right on Alii Drive) but we loved that if we left the sliding doors open to the ocean, the sound of the waves completely covered the traffic sounds. (we do love ocean sounds others may not) The host provides plenty of beach equipment, chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas, etc. It was nice to have all these things. Loved having Magic Sands beach right next door, and a short drive to Kahalu'u Beach Park for a different beach experience. Overall, a great place to stay!
James S.
December 2023

Two adults stayed for 3 nights during Christmas. Enjoyed the location, the overall quietness of the neighbors, the thoughtful amenities provided, & the host’s flexibility when we expressed concern about having a bug guy come before our checkout time (she kindly rescheduled that). The bumps were the bug guy thing and not having the bike lock combo for most of our stay, so only being able to use the bikes to ride, not when we wanted to go somewhere and be there for a while. We used the kitchen, the guidebooks, the snorkel gear and beach stuff; we never used the AC or the tv - and we were grateful for the curtain covering the tv up! Overall a fun time and a recommended host and property!
keemahtron i.
December 2023

We were looking for a central location to access lots of activities ranging from hiking to, of course, beach activities. The Magic Sands beach and amazing sunsets were literally out the front door. It was an easy drive or longer walk/bike to shopping and restaurants. The Magic Sands restaurant below was very good too! Shave ice right across the street. The condo had all the conveniences we needed even though we didn’t cook. Loved having beach towels and beach equipment. We would come back in a heartbeat!
Melissa H.
December 2023

We enjoyed the oceanfront views, crashing waves, convenient location and well stocked apartment. It made for an easy, relaxing vacation on the Big Island!
Kim N.
December 2023

Comfortable, had all the necessities. The location right next to the ocean was fantastic. Would definitely return again.
MARK M.
December 2023

Very clean, comfortable, private, well-equipped and spacious condo! The floor to ceiling windows made you feel like you were right on the water! We watched humpback whales breaching offshore. The beach adjacent to the property was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun and water - seeing the sea turtle in the surf was a special bonus! Would definitely recommend and hope to return soon!
Matt K.
December 2023

My husband and I came here for part of our honeymoon and loved the property
Katie M.
December 2023

Very simple, with a beautiful view along with everything we needed. Thankful
Kandi H.
December 2023

Although there were a couple of minor cleanliness issues this time around such as an old pizza being left in oven, sticky cabinets, and a dusty fridge it wouldn’t prevent me from staying here time and time again. Great location, amazing sunset views and easy access to water. Can’t ask for more!
Kristi P.
December 2023

Comfortable, convenient, great location, amazing views. We had everything we needed for a wonderful stay, including a great beach next door and a restaurant on-site. We loved watching the sunsets and dolphins swimming by.
Michelle D.
December 2023

Ted's place is awesome and exactly as described. If it were any closer to the water you would be wet and right next to one of the best beaches on the island. The grill had decent not great food but was perfect after a 12 hour trip from Boston. We will absolutely stay on our next trip to Kona. Thanks for the memories Ted.....
Kent R.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Fantastic location and absolutely great place to stay. Looked just as in photos. Would happily return.
Kelly P.
December 2023

Enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it. The location is ideal. The unit is dated. The AC is a portable unit and it does get toasty. The washer/dryer is not in unit, it’s downstairs and coin op. It has a small cooktop but sufficient to make simple meals. Communication was good. There was a leak from the upstairs, we called and the property manager and plumber resolved it quickly. Equippedcwith beach gear, all you need to walk steps to the Magic Sands beach.
paul b.
December 2023

We had a great time at this cute condo! It was a beautiful view of the ocean, we saw dolphins both days we were there. The room was well stocked. Check in was easy and convenient. The only inconvenience was that there are few restaurants within walking distance, but Uber worked very well. Most Uber drivers shut down earlier though during the week (11 or 12) so if you're more of a night owl you will need a plan to get back. Overall, would love to stay here again!
Tracy W.
December 2023

Pleasantly surprised. Nice clean facilities. Could use some updates ......and friendly people and not far from things to do. Great view and loved falling asleep to the sounds of the waves right out side
Keith G.
December 2023

This is a beautiful traditional Hawaiian home with airflow throughout but not AC. This was not an issue until bedtime when the bedrooms were 80 degrees. The bedroom fans moved air but there was nothing we could do about the heat. Note to parents: There are no security gates or locks for the pool which is in the front of the house. The pool itself is beautiful and we used it a lot but had to station someone near the front of the house to watch access. It would be great to have child locks on the front two doors. The biggest challenge with rental is the required paperwork and agreements by the property owner. A week out before you arrive you are required to provide a lot of personal information. The owner states that this is for the Patriot Act but I find nothing in the Act that requires this. If it did, VRBO would take care of this. The owner got nasty and rude and threaten to cancel our reservation when in fact the communication issue was not on our end. The onsite person was amazing and very nice and communicative. We rate the property a 4 but the process a 2. If you can deal with the last minute hassle and providing personal information, we recommend the property.
Cheryl K.
December 2023

Highly recommend this property! Clean, great location, easy communication and wonderful sunset views.
Amanda K.
December 2023

This unit is in a really nice spot. The good, we were able to check in early and check out late. The unit was clean. The bad, this place really needs updating the electrical is all over the place, out in the open. From the couch we counted 4 different light fixtures/ceiling fans. Furniture dated.
Cindy A.
December 2023

Nice place next to Magic sands beach. 400 sq feet. Back windows open up to unimpeded view of the ocean. Crashing aves just meters away.
willard c.
December 2023

This spot was a perfect place to end my stay on the Big Island. Right next to Magic Sands, it gave me a little extra time to spend at the beach on the morning I left. Charlie also stocks you up with the extra condiments you need so you don’t have to go out and buy things like salt or hot sauce, or even shampoo conditioner (the toiletries available on site are actually high quality). I’d for sure stay here again.
Fiona Y.
December 2023


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