Kailua-Kona is a lively and quaint seaside town nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Year-round sunshine makes this a destination of unlimited ocean and outdoor activities. Explore the ocean diving, snorkelling, fishing, boating and surfing. Kamakahonu Beach and Kailua Bay offer white sands and gentle waters. Kahaluu Bay is perfect for kids and offers great snorkelling and an oceanside bar. Other beaches to visit are White Sands and Kealakekua Bay where Captain James Cook first set foot in 1778. Get up close and personal with the beautiful marine life on a private charter or join a whale watching excursion. The adventurous can go night diving with manta rays.
Explore the land hiking and biking the mountains and valleys alongside spectacular waterfalls and volcanoes. Kona has some of the best coffee beans in the world. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, a 5.5 acre historic coffee farm dating back to 1900. Learn about the lives of the coffee pioneers whilst walking through coffee and macadamia nut orchards. After a day of exploring both ocean and land, or simply laying on the beach looking out over the ocean, enjoy a spectacular sunset and local fare from an oceanfront open air restaurant. Thereafter, Hawaii Island style nightlife takes over with luau’s and live music.
Kailua-Kona is rich in culture. Ali'i Drive is the main street running through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamo'o Battlefield, home to many of Kailua’s historic sites. Known as “Royal Footsteps”, Ali'i Drive is abuzz with shops, restaurants and many archaeological and historic sites. Walking tours from the Kailua Pier will take you back in time to historic Hawaii. Sites include:
- Ahu'ena Heiau
- King Kamemeha Hotel – home to Ahuena Heiau, a reconstructed temple rebuilt by King Kamehameha. A National Historic Landmark.
- Hulihe'e Palace – The Queens Palace, the vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, today a museum of fascinating artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi‘olani.
- Mokuaikaua Church – Built in 1837, the first Christian Church of the islands.
- The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum – Built in 1870s, the store is the oldest surviving store in Kona and one of the oldest buildings in the district.
Explore the island further with visits to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Mauna Kea. Closer to Kona Town is Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, once royal grounds and a place of refuge for lawbreakers. Set alongside a black lava rock shoreline with tall coconut palms. . The town of Hilo sits on the east side of the island. Stroll the black sandy beach of the nearby Waipi’o Valley, set between 2000 foot cliffs and beautiful waterfalls on the Kohala and Hamakua Coast, on the north eastern side of the island.