Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Fodor's Travel Talk Forums (
-   United States (
-   -   Where to buy beach chairs, snorkeling equipmen, etc? (

jandb Nov 17th, 2003 02:03 PM

Where to buy beach chairs, snorkeling equipmen, etc?
We are heading to the BI the middle of December. Flying into Kona and then heading for 3 nights to the Volcano area and then 5 nights at the Hapuna Beach Prince. Where is the best place to pick up cheap beach chairs, snorkeling equipment (rent or buy?), beach towels, etc. Is there a Costco? do they sell that kind of stuff?

resipsaloquitur Nov 17th, 2003 03:07 PM

Yes, there's a Costco on the Kona side. I don't know if you can find what you need there (as I'm sure you know, sometimes it's hit-or-miss about what's available at Costco).

I think that you will have better luck at Wal-mart - there's one in Kailua-Kona town and one in Hilo.

Of course, all this stuff can be bought at tourist shops and dive shops, but then you won't be paying Wal-mart prices ( and you did say cheap). Check out the woven straw beach mats - these are SO much better than beach towels! The sand just flips right off them.

Believe it or not, the BI Wal-marts also have (at what passes for reasonable prices in Hawaii) -a lot of local food products (like coconut syrup, tropical fruit jellies), aloha wear, Hawaiiana books and CDs, and assorted inexpensive souvenirs.

(And no, I don't work for Wal-mart - just passing on info about where to pick up bargains).

Rusty Nov 17th, 2003 04:23 PM

Kinda hard to dry yourself with a straw beach mat !

travellyn Dec 4th, 2003 01:33 PM

We picked up a couple of straw beach mats for $1 apiece at Wal-Mart in Kailua-Kona 2 weeks ago. We didn't need beach chairs, because we stayed in the water all the time. Beach towels were good for wrapping up with afterward. Hotels usually supply beach towels and chairs, so you don't need to buy towels unless you plan to swim at other beaches.

We rented equipment from Miller's in Kailua-Kona for $15 a week. They fitted the masks for us, which was helpful. Wal-Mart had snorkel and mask sets; we bought a set to try it out, but renting worked out better for us.

JayWeinstein Dec 8th, 2003 08:41 AM

For diving equipment go to, but you MUST try on these items before purchasing at a dive shop.


RachelG Dec 8th, 2003 09:10 AM

We bought our snorkeling stuff at Wal-Mart in Kailua-Kona.

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:25 AM.