Kona is a sun-drenched coastal town on Hawaii’s Big Island, home to historic landmarks, coffee farms, ancient Hawaiian sites and a lively nightlife. Experience some of Hawaii’s best natural spoils as you scuba dive, snorkel and swim at Kona’s idyllic beaches.
Things to do in Kailua-Kona
Discover more about Hawaii’s rich history by strolling along Kona’s coastline, where you can visit the former summer home for Hawaiian royalty, Hulihe‘e Palace. It’s now a fascinating museum where you can see Victorian-era artefacts and cultural performances. Nearby is the Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark, a reconstruction of the famed residence of King Kamehameha I. Don’t forget to visit Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook first landed in 1778.
Kona’s beaches and bays are well-protected, providing calm and clear water perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. Check out Magic Sands Beach for alluring turquoise water, bodyboarding waves and vibrant sunsets. Jump aboard a manta ray boat cruise to snorkel with the giant and gentle rays or head out on a deep-sea fishing charter to reel in unique fish.
Within Kona you’ll find a number of breweries and fine-dining restaurants showcasing local culinary talents and produce. Stop by Kona Brewing for an informal tour, live music and refreshing craft brews. Fish Hopper is ideal for grilled seafood and views of Kailua Bay, while Kamana Kitchen dishes up authentic Indian near Hale Halawai Park.
Do you love animals? Head to the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary to wander grounds home to flamingos, zebra, tortoises, monkeys and llamas. It’s not far from the Honuaʻula Forest Reserve, where you can hike or mountain bike through verdant mountain rainforest.
Getting around Kailua-Kona
Kona is serviced by Kona International Airport, which has regular domestic and seasonal international flights. Kona is a bike-friendly town, but you can also get around on the Hele-On Bus, Kona Trolley, taxis or by hiring a scooter.