The Kona District covers approximately two-thirds of the West side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Along this extensive area, you’ll find loads of experiences and attractions ranging from coffee farms and historic Hawaiian landmarks, to loads of outdoor adventures and the most amazing accommodations. King Kamehameha spent his final years in Kailua-Kona and it is easy to see why.
Waterfalls, miles of breathtaking beaches, volcanoes, tropical rainforests, shopping, and fine dining —you’ll find it all in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Wander Kailua-Kona’s Alii Drive, home to a plethora of boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. The village of Kailua-Kona can be easily navigated by taking a walking tour. Visit the local farmers market or the original Kona Brewing Co. brewpub in downtown. Or take a short stroll to the nearby historic points of interest which include Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau, all in the heart of the village.
As you can see, there’s lots to see and do in downtown! Kailua-Kona offers visitors the perfect Hawaiian village experience by both day and evening hours.
If you are talking about access to outdoor activities Kailua Kona is the Big Island capital. Kona offers outdoor adventure seekers many options which include things like world class snorkeling, diving, fishing, and hiking.
The best snorkeling spots on the Big Island can be found in Kona where the water is clear and the waves are smaller. The easily accessed Kamakahonu (King Kam) Beach is perfect for an early morning or late afternoon plunge. At Magic Sands Beach Park the waves are also well-suited for snorkeling. The famous Kona Manta Ray Night Dive is not to be missed. This is one of the most memorable dives in the planet.
The Big Island is known as the best island for fishing in Hawaii, with Kailua-Kona being the main sportfishing hotspot. It has the largest charter fleet and the most legendary fishing grounds making it the ultimate angling location.
Hiking in Kona is an unparalleled experience. The Kona Coast is naturally diverse and has a huge concentration of plant and wildlife species. Numerous trails in Kona trace the coast and the mountains so whether you are looking for an easy trek or a more advanced expedition, you are sure to find a trail that meets your needs.
Many waterfalls can be found on the north and east side of the Big Island. Situated in the lush tropical rainforests of the island, waterfalls make for are popular and spectacular attractions to visit. The Rainbow Falls are the easiest waterfalls to see on the Big Island and make for a great day excursion from Kona at only a 1.5 hour drive.
The best beaches to spot turtles are black sand beaches so be sure to visit Punaluʻu beach. This is the most famous black sand beach of Hawaii. In addition to turtles, here you will also find great swimming and snorkeling.
Kona Coffee Tours
Kailua Kona is the home of world-renowned Kona coffee, considered to be one of the very best coffees in existence. There are hundreds of coffee plantations located in Kona and many offer tours to the public for tours and tastings.
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, one of Hawaii’s most sacred historic sites. This 180-acre park was once known as a place of refuge for individuals who broke the ancient Hawaiian laws. Ceremonies would be performed here that were designed to acquit lawbreakers and allowed them a place in Hawaiian society once more. Explore the Royal Grounds, sacred temples, and carved effigies of Hawaiian gods.
At Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park has great cultural and historical information with some amazing views. Structures found here are well maintained and offer a glimpse into what life was like before outside contact. Enjoy the short hike in this park to see sacred Hawaiian temples and petroglyphs. This park is also home to Hawaiian fishponds which demonstrate ancient Hawaiian engineering. Also be on the lookout here for local wildlife including many green sea turtles.
Experience some of most awe-inspiring wonders at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site. This park is approximately a 2 hour drive from Kailua-Kona but totally worth the trip. The 150 miles of hiking trails take visitors through both desert and rainforest terrains, as well as through volcanic craters! Here you can get up close with not just one, but two volcanoes including one of the most active volcanoes on earth, Kilauea.
Kona offers a variety of unique accommodations appealing to multiple tastes and budgets – from private homes with private pools to smaller boutique condominiums to larger condominiums with multiple pools, beaches, bbq’s and other fun amenities. Kona Now by Casago has an unbeatable selection of properties as well as lots of local insight to help you plan your wonderful Hawaiian Vacation.
Most of Kona Now’s properties are just a short walk to Kona Town allowing you to walk to the farmers market, restaurants, cultural activities and our famous Kona Cafes. And all of these Kona properties offer easy day trips to explore our entire island. Drive from the warm Kona Sea to the fiery volcano in a couple of hours.