Experience the ideal “in-town” setting for your Kailua-Kona visit, your gateway to Hawaii’s Big Island adventures!

Recharge in this well-appointed studio within walking distance of town, offering access to restaurants, beaches, and local shops. Guests can unwind by the shared pool, BBQ, and hot tub, fostering a tranquil atmosphere. Delight in garden views from the private top-floor screened lanai, amplified by tropical breezes and natural sounds. The studio boasts a cozy king-sized bed, a smart flat-screen TV, an AC unit, and a ceiling fan.

The studio-style kitchen is fully equipped with a large refrigerator, microwave, and stove. Coin-operated laundry facilities are conveniently available on-site. Kailua Kona Getaway’s strategic location is near Kona International Airport and Kona Community Hospital.

Kailua Kona Getaway

Nearby Activities

For a dining gem away from the bustling Ali’i Drive try Jackie Rey’s


Looking for unique shops found only in Kona? Take a look at these boutiques.

Just a quarter-mile north of the resort lies Kahalu’u Beach Park, a snorkeler’s paradise with sea turtles and a vibrant coral reef, while Magic Sands Beach, a mere 2 miles away, beckons with its inviting surf.

Golf enthusiasts will relish the allure of the magnificent 18-hole golf course encircling the resort, blessed with captivating ocean views.

Boasting a prime location near beaches, snorkeling spots, scuba diving, parasailing, dolphin and whale watching tours, fishing opportunities, hiking trails, shopping venues, restaurants, and volcano tours, the Kona Coast Resort stands as the idyllic destination for your next Hawaiian adventure.

Additional condo amenities encompass free WiFi, an in-unit washer and dryer, complimentary reserved parking, a spacious lanai with lounge chairs and an outdoor table for four, and much more. Start planning your dream Hawaiian vacation today!

Kailua Kona Getaway


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Here’s What You Need to Know!

Owning a vacation rental property in Hawaii comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities, but hiring a property management company can significantly alleviate the burden. Property management professionals specialize in handling various aspects of rental property management, providing owners with peace of mind and convenience.

Lanikai Beach Sunset in Hawaii
An overview of the benefits and services a vacation rental management can offer in the Hawaiian context:

Advertising and Marketing:

One of the key advantages is the property management company’s ability to advertise and market the rental property effectively. Leveraging connections with online travel agencies, local tourism networks, and other platforms, they can boost visibility and attract renters. They will coordinate your bookings on various platforms such as  AirBnb, VRBO, Booking.com, and their website. This translates into higher occupancy rates and increased revenue.

Guest Communication and Bookings:

Property managers take charge of all guest communications and inquiries, streamlining the booking process. From handling payments to sending rental agreements and directions, they ensure a seamless experience for potential renters.

Check-Ins and Check-Outs:

The management company oversees the check-in and check-out process, providing a level of convenience for both owners and guests. Some even go the extra mile by offering concierge services during the guests’ stay.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Maintaining the property between guest stays is a crucial responsibility. Property managers coordinate cleaning and maintenance, ensuring the home is in top condition and consistent for each set of incoming renters.

Financial Management:

From collecting rental taxes and fees to providing accounting services and ensuring regulatory compliance, property management companies handle the financial aspects of the rental property. This includes sending regular payouts to homeowners and can include submitting local tax payments.

Peace of Mind:

For out-of-area owners, especially those who can’t easily travel to manage the property themselves, property management provides peace of mind. Knowing that professionals are overseeing the property’s day-to-day operations is invaluable.


In conclusion, entrusting the management of your vacation rental property in Hawaii to a reputable property management company can enhance the overall experience for both owners and guests, making the venture more rewarding and less demanding.


Contact Kona Vacation Rentals today to discuss our property management services.

Hawaiian Paradise Retreat

Experience the ultimate Hawaiian paradise retreat at this breathtaking 1BR/1BA air-conditioned condo nestled along the Kona Coast. Radiating a serene coastal theme and encompassing over 1,100 square feet of luxury, this condo promises all the comforts of home and beyond. Immerse yourself in a world of top-notch amenities at the prestigious Kona Coast Resort, featuring pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, shuffleboard, and more, ensuring an unforgettable stay.

Step inside, and be welcomed by stunning vaulted ceilings adorned with exposed wood, offering an extraordinary view of the adjacent golf course. The spacious lanai invites you to unwind while overlooking the picturesque Kona Country Club Golf Course, where you can leisurely observe golfers in action.

Wonderful Amenities

Stay pleasantly cool with the central A/C on warm days, or open the double sliding glass doors leading to the balcony, allowing the refreshing ocean breeze to sweep through as you relish the captivating vistas. The living room provides plush sofas, including a queen sofa bed, a flat-screen HDTV equipped with cable and USB ports, and ample natural light.

The generously appointed, fully equipped kitchen becomes a haven for culinary delights, as you prepare Hawaiian feasts using fresh local fruits from the Farmers’ Market and freshly caught fish. Savor your meals al fresco on the lanai while delighting in the famous Kona sunset.

After a day of island exploration, retreat to the master bedroom, graced with a sumptuous king bed and an HDTV featuring cable and USB hookups. The expansive bathroom boasts a walk-in double shower with multiple showerheads, including a hand-held option, along with a convenient double vanity.

Throughout your stay, indulge in the wealth of incredible amenities offered by the Kona Coast Resort, including pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, saunas, fitness centers, jogging paths, sand volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, golf course, and barbecue areas with gas grills.

Living area and lanai of Kona Coast resortNearby Activities

Just a quarter-mile north of the resort lies Kahalu’u Beach Park, a snorkeler’s paradise with sea turtles and a vibrant coral reef, while Magic Sands Beach, a mere 2 miles away, beckons with its inviting surf.

Golf enthusiasts will relish the allure of the magnificent 18-hole golf course encircling the resort, blessed with captivating ocean views.

Boasting a prime location near beaches, snorkeling spots, scuba diving, parasailing, dolphin and whale watching tours, fishing opportunities, hiking trails, shopping venues, restaurants, and volcano tours, the Kona Coast Resort stands as the idyllic destination for your next Hawaiian adventure.

Additional condo amenities encompass free WiFi, an in-unit washer and dryer, complimentary reserved parking, a spacious lanai with lounge chairs and an outdoor table for four, and much more. Start planning your dream Hawaiian vacation today!


NOTE – The adult/quiet pool will be closed from 18 March to 1 May 2024.  The main pool will remain open.

The Magic of Hawaii: Exclusive 5% Discount for 7-Night Stays 


Escape to the enchanting islands of Hawaii and make your dream vacation a reality! From now through January 2nd, we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive 5% discount on stays of 7 nights or more. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of adventure, the tranquility of beaches, or the rich cultural experiences Hawaii has to offer, this limited-time promotion is your ticket to paradise.

Downtown Kona at Night

Exclusive 5% Discount with Code NY24:

To sweeten the deal, use code NY24 at checkout to enjoy a 5% discount on your extended stay. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, this offer is applicable to all accommodation types. Indulge in luxury resorts, charming beachfront cottages, or cozy bed and breakfasts – the choice is yours. This promotion excludes the holiday season and Iron Man Week, ensuring you have the flexibility to plan your escape during the ideal time for you.

Aloha Spirit and Cultural Experiences:

Beyond its breathtaking landscapes, Hawaii is known for its warm Aloha spirit and rich cultural heritage. Attend a traditional hula dance performance, savor authentic Hawaiian cuisine, or explore historical sites that tell the story of the islands. Engage with the locals and embrace the welcoming atmosphere that sets Hawaii apart as a destination where relaxation meets cultural immersion.

How to Redeem:

Booking your Hawaiian adventure is simple. Visit our website, choose your desired accommodation, and enter code NY24 at checkout to unlock your 5% discount. Be sure to plan your stay for 7 nights or more to take full advantage of this limited-time offer. Act fast – the promotion is valid only until January 2nd.

Book now and embark on a journey filled with relaxation, adventure, and the true spirit of Aloha.

A Hawaiian getaway is a dream for many, but the allure of the islands often comes with a hefty price tag, prompting savvy travelers to explore alternative accommodation options. For cost-conscious choices, Hawai’i vacation home cost savings are a solid choice compared to traditional hotels. Let’s compare two options in  Kailua-Kona, where the comparison between renowned hotels and a 2-bed/2-bath fully equipped vacation home reveals surprising disparities in costs. We’ll also review additional considerations, highlighting the spaciousness, privacy, and unique amenities that make vacation rentals an enticing option. Join us on this exploration of how opting for a vacation home not only stretches your dollar further but also promises a more personalized and immersive Hawaiian experience.

Hawai’i vacation home cost savings

  • If, like many travelers, your first consideration is cost, let’s look at one cost comparison of a few brand name hotels vs a 2 bed/2 bath fully equipped vacation home both in Kailua-Kona. A simple search on a popular booking website gives us these results. 
  • Consider a vacation where four adults share a double queen hotel room during the first week of March. The price range is between $2493 and $4796, exclusive of taxes and fees. This also excludes the hotels in the $6000+ range for the week. 
  •  In contrast, opting for a 2-bed/2-bath fully equipped condo has a total price of $1884.
  • Remember, the booking sites won’t show you all the additional charges like taxes until the last step. A local vacation home rental company may also have additional discounts.


Other Considerations

  • More Space:
    • Vacation rentals often provide more square footage than hotel rooms, giving you ample space to move around comfortably.
    • This extra space is particularly beneficial for families with children who need room to play or for larger groups traveling together.
  • Privacy:
    • Vacation rentals offer a level of seclusion that hotels may not provide. You won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors in adjacent rooms or disruptions from hotel activities.
    • Enjoy the freedom of having the entire property to yourselves, allowing for a more intimate and private vacation experience.
  • Cost-Effectiveness:
    • Renting a vacation home can be more cost-effective, especially for longer stays or when traveling with a group. The ability to prepare your own meals in a fully-equipped kitchen can significantly reduce food expenses.
    • Many vacation rentals have laundry facilities, saving on additional costs related to laundry services or packing extra clothes.
  • Home-like Feel:
    • Vacation rentals often emulate a home-like atmosphere with living rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms, providing a sense of comfort and familiarity.
    • Enjoy the convenience of a fully furnished space, often including amenities like a TV, entertainment systems, and sometimes even books or board games.
  • Unique Amenities:
    • Vacation rentals frequently come with unique amenities that set them apart from hotels. This can include private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, and outdoor spaces for barbecues or relaxation.
    • Tailor your vacation experience by choosing a rental that aligns with your interests and preferences: a beachfront property, a cabin in the mountains, or a city loft.
  • Things to Consider:
    • Location: Ensure the vacation rental is conveniently located relative to your planned activities and attractions.
    • Booking Platforms: Use reputable vacation rental websites or agencies to secure your accommodation and read reviews from previous guests.
    • Communication: Establish clear communication with the property owner or manager for a smooth check-in/out process and to address any concerns during your stay.


  • Consider the nature of your trip, the size of your group, and your specific preferences.
  • Evaluate the overall costs, including hidden fees and cleaning charges.
  • Assess the level of service you desire, as hotels may offer amenities like daily housekeeping.
  • Balance the convenience of hotel services with the independence and unique experience of vacation rentals.

Ultimately, choosing between a vacation rental and a hotel hinges on your priorities. Although cost isn’t the only factor, a vacation home can save on costs as well as offering a personalized and tailored experience for your Hawaiian adventure.


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Ocean view from Alii Villas Condo

Discover this incredible top-floor one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo that boasts breathtaking ocean and pool views. Kona Vacation Rentals Ali’i Villas’ prime location within the complex ensures convenient parking just steps away from the stairs. The spacious lanai offers a picturesque vista of the ocean and pool, perfect for enjoying the cool morning and evening breezes. Listen to the ocean waves from the bedroom in the morning.

Inside, the fully equipped kitchen invites you to whip up delicious meals in the comfort of your own space. The bedroom features a luxurious queen-size bed, a spacious closet, and an in-unit washer/dryer for added convenience.

Charming Condo

This charming condo is nestled in Ali’i Villas, a well-maintained oceanfront resort along the scenic Ali’i Drive. Relax by the swimming pool and take advantage of the common area BBQ’s to grill your fresh catch while watching dolphins play and enjoying stunning sunsets from your lanai.

The complex offers numerous amenities, including a west-facing seawall, perfect for meeting neighbors, admiring breathtaking sunsets, and observing mesmerizing sea life. Mature tropical gardens surround the property, creating a beautifully manicured and serene environment.

Living room and Kitchen of Alii Villas 318With a layout that opens up the living room, dining room, and kitchen, this condo is the ideal place to unwind after a day in the sun. Beach chairs, a beach umbrella, toys, and coolers are all included for a relaxing day at the beach. Let the refreshing Hawaii breeze flow through as you relax on your lanai, enjoying the mesmerizing ocean views.

Alii Villas Pool

Experience all that Hawaii has to offer in this delightful condo, conveniently located within walking distance from town, where you can explore restaurants, shops, and open markets. Embrace the tropical paradise and make unforgettable memories from the comfort of your own Hawaiian retreat.

Nearby Attractions

Green Flash Coffee is a two-minute walk to start your day with a delicious cup of Kona coffee.

Honl Beach is a lovely 12-minute short walk and a beautiful shady spot for having a picnic, reading a book, or watching the surfers in the sunset.

Just a little further down the road, walk or drive to Huggo’s On The Rocks. With a prime location on the coast, good food and drinks and wonderful entertainment it is a must-see in Kona.

Across from On The Rocks, Coconut Grove Marketplace is the heart and hub of activity, food, drinks, and shopping in Kona. Relax on the grass in the evening to watch beach volleyball.

The free Kona Trolley stops are a short walk down the road. Click here for the schedule.

Contact Kona Rentals at 808-334-1199 or click here to check availability 

Rest assured that our friendly and professional staff is just a phone call away if you encounter any issues during your stay. 


With a warm “Aloha,” Kona Vacation Rentals is excited to welcome you to your tropical getaway!

Whale watching in Kona, Hawaii is an absolutely magical experience! Kona, located on the Big Island, is known for its stunning coastline and warm waters, making it an ideal spot to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are the stars of the show, and you can often see them breaching, tail-slapping, and even singing their underwater tunes. The peak season for whale watching in Hawaii is generally from December to April when these gentle giants migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters for mating and calving.

Whale Watching Tours

Several tour operators in Kona offer whale-watching excursions, taking you out on the sparkling blue waters for an up-close encounter with these majestic marine mammals. Imagine the thrill of seeing a massive humpback leaping out of the water or witnessing a playful pod of dolphins dancing alongside the boat.

Body Glove Hawaii not only has a great reputation but is fully committed to sustainability and nurturing the environment.

We also like Wahine Charters who do Manta Ray dives as well as whale-watching tours. Past guests rave about the amazing experience!

Humpback Whale Air Spout

Dolphin Watching


Hawaii is also a fantastic destination for dolphin enthusiasts, and there are several opportunities to witness these playful creatures in their natural habitat. Hawaii is home to spinner dolphins, known for their acrobatic spins and jumps. You can often find them swimming and breaching along the shore in the early morning hours. Watch for dolphins in the bay during your breakfast or your early morning walk for a delicious coffee at Kona Haven. Or relax on a bench at Pahoehoe Beach Park and just wait for them. 

If you are lucky enough to encounter dolphins while you are in the water, remember they are protected. Stay in one place, don’t chase them, and try to remember every beautiful moment of it!

If you’re just not ready to take a tour bring your binoculars! During the season you will almost certainly see whales from the shore. Keep your eyes open. Often the first thing you’ll see is a water spout when they come up to breathe.

Remember to bring your camera to capture these incredible moments, and keep an eye out for the breathtaking sunset views on your way back to the shore. It’s a memory-making experience you won’t soon forget! Enjoy the wonders of Kona and happy whale watching!

If you are hoping to spot whales or dolphins from your lanai check out this oceanfront vacation rentalA view of the ocean from the Lanai

Are you ready for the most exciting and prestigious pickleball tournament in the United States? Get ready for the 2024 Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships, happening from January 24-27 at the Holua Racquet & Paddle Club in Kona, Hawaii. This tournament attracts players from all over the country and the world, and it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional player, there’s a place for you in this thrilling competition.

The Venue: Holua Racquet & Paddle Club

Nestled in the beautiful city of Kona, Hawaii, the Holua Racquet & Paddle Club is the perfect setting for the Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships. Known for its stunning views and top-notch facilities, this club offers everything players need to showcase their skills and enjoy the game. With well-maintained courts and a vibrant atmosphere, it’s no wonder why this venue is a favorite among pickleball enthusiasts.

Tournament Format and Events

The Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships caters to players of all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain experience or a seasoned pro aiming for the top spot, there’s an event for you. The tournament features singles, doubles, and mixed doubles brackets, giving participants plenty of opportunities to compete and learn from each other. It’s a chance to push your limits and take your pickleball game to new heights.

Skill Levels and Competition

One of the unique aspects of the Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships is the diverse range of skill levels represented. From beginners to professional players, everyone has a chance to showcase their abilities and compete against players of similar skill levels. This creates a dynamic and inclusive environment where players can learn and grow, regardless of their experience. It’s an opportunity to challenge yourself and see how you measure up against the best.

Registration Details

If you’re eager to join the excitement and be part of this incredible tournament, make sure to mark your calendar for October 15, 2023. That’s when registration opens for the Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships. Spots fill up quickly, especially for the professional brackets, so it’s essential to register early. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this prestigious event and make lasting memories on the pickleball court.

To register for the tournament, visit the official website of the Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships: Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships

Looking for a Place to Stay?

Here are just a couple great properties near the tournament venue:

Makolea 11 near Kahalu'u Bay

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Enjoy Kona’s Delights

While you’re in Kona for the tournament, take some time to explore the area and make the most of your visit. Kona offers a range of activities and attractions that will make your trip unforgettable. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Kahalu’u Bay: Known for its pristine waters, Kahalu’u Bay is the perfect spot for snorkeling, surfing, and enjoying breathtaking sunsets. Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover the vibrant marine life or catch some waves on your board. If you need surfing lessons we recommend Kahalu’u Surf and Sea.
  2. Magic Sands Beach: Just a short drive from the tournament venue, Magic Sands Beach is a popular destination for relaxation and boogie boarding. Take a break from the intense pickleball action and soak up the sun on this picturesque beach. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in some local treats, like shave ice from Kat’s Kau Kau or a delicious waterfront dinner at Magic’s Beach Grill.
  3. Keauhou Shopping Center: If you need to stock up on supplies or want to do some shopping, head to the Keauhou Shopping Center. This bustling complex offers a wide range of shops and services, ensuring you have everything you need during your stay in Kona. And when it’s time to unwind and enjoy a nice dinner, make sure to try the mouthwatering pizza at Bianelli’s Kona.

E Komo Mai

Keahou at Night

The 2024 Hawaii Open Pickleball Championships is not just a tournament; it’s an experience. From the thrill of the competition to the stunning backdrop of Kona, this event has it all. Whether you’re a pickleball enthusiast or a casual player looking for an unforgettable vacation, this tournament offers something for everyone. Mark your calendar, register early, and get ready to showcase your skills in paradise. We’ll see you on the courts for the most aloha-filled pickleball tournament of the year!


Contact Kona Vacation Rentals for more vacation rental options.

Did you see the title and think “every season is great”? You’re not wrong!

Path to the ocean with Palm trees

The simple answer is that it’s always beautiful in Hawai’i but let’s look at a few things to consider when you’re planning your trip. The most obvious consideration is the weather where you live. Is it October and you just got 4 inches of snow with the possibility of 79 more over the next 5 months? Or even worse, is it 40 degrees and rainy? Are you thinking about the -17 wind chill in your future? The consistent beautiful weather helps but other factors are crowds and prices throughout the year that can help you make the most out of your Hawaiian adventure. So let’s dive in and answer the question. What is the best season to visit Hawai’i?

Understanding the Seasons in Hawaii

Hawaii experiences minor temperature changes throughout the year, with an average daytime temperature of 85°F in the summer and 78°F in the winter. While the weather remains pleasant year-round, there are some variations in precipitation and surf conditions that can impact your trip.

Summer (June to August)

If you want to experience Hawaii at its best, summer is the ideal time to visit. The days are long, the weather is almost always sunny, and there’s a wide range of activities to enjoy. However, keep in mind that summer is also the peak season for traveling to the islands, as schools are out on summer break. This means higher prices on airfare and hotels, as well as busier beaches and activities. 

During the summer, south-facing shores like Waikiki on Oʻahu and Poʻipu on Kauaʻi offer excellent surfing opportunities. Additionally, there are numerous outdoor events and festivals taking place on every island. From the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade through Waikiki to Japanese temple bon dances, there’s something for everyone. Moreover, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the blooming plumeria trees and indulge in the abundance of mangoes available in restaurants and farmers’ markets across the state.

Fall (September to October)

Fall is typically the slower season for travel in Hawaii, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers. With fewer crowds and warm temperatures averaging a high of 88°F, you can enjoy a more relaxed and affordable vacation. Airfare from the US mainland tends to be at its lowest during this time, and finding deals on hotels is relatively easier.

While fall offers comfortable weather, it’s important to note that it is still hurricane season until November. Although the Islands have seen only a handful of significant hurricanes since 1950, it’s wise to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Most hurricanes hit the islands in late summer and early fall, so it’s always good to be prepared.

Winter (November to January)

Winter in Hawaii is a popular time to escape colder climates, resulting in increased tourism. The last two weeks of December through early January are the busiest times, with hotels and flights often booked to capacity. Prices for airfare and accommodations are at their highest during this period, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.

Despite the crowds, winter in Hawaii has its own unique charm. The best time to surf on the Big Island is November-April when the winds bring consistent north westerly swells. The fabled North Shore of Oʻahu experiences monster surf, attracting professional surfers from around the world. You can witness exciting surf contests such as the Triple Crown of Surfing and the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitation. Additionally, the Honolulu Marathon takes place in December, and the humpback whales start their annual migration to the warm Hawaiian waters, providing excellent opportunities for whale watching. Check out Body Glove Hawai’i for some amazing trips.

Late Winter (February and early March)

Late winter offers an excellent opportunity for budget travelers and those seeking a more relaxing vacation. With discounts on airfare and hotels, and fewer crowds at beaches, hiking trails, and popular attractions, you can enjoy a more tranquil Hawaiian experience. Check here for a list of great hikes. I would also add Pu’u O’o Trail which starts along the Saddle Road and takes you through several landscapes and in and out of Lava Flows. Although this period can be rainier than summer, the showers are usually localized and short-lived.

Spring (Mid-March to early April)

Spring is generally a slower time of year for travel in Hawaii. With cool and comfortable weather, it’s an ideal time for outdoor adventures with kids. The ocean is calm, making it perfect for snorkeling and swimming. In case of rain, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, such as visiting indoor playgrounds or attending a luau.


Next Steps?

Book a place to stay 

Hawaii is a dream destination with its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and year-round sunshine. While any time is a good time to visit, understanding the seasonal variations in weather, crowds, and events can help you plan the perfect Hawaiian getaway. Whether you prefer the bustling summer atmosphere, the budget-friendly fall season, or the excitement of winter events, Hawaii offers something for everyone. It could be said that every season is the best season. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a truly unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!

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Kealakekua Bay might have the clearest water in the area so it’s a great spot for snorkeling and kayaking.

The view on the hike to Kealakekua BayIf a big tour boat isn’t your style you can take a guided kayak tour across the bay to Captain Cook Monument or hike down the trail. Both are fun options.

  • Guided kayak tour: There are several tour companies that offer guided kayak tours to Kealakekua Bay. This is a great option if you want to experience the bay at your own pace and have a chance to learn about the marine life from a knowledgeable guide. We went with Aloha Kayak and had a great time. The guides are knowledgeable and keep the group together. No Paddler left behind!
  • Hike down the trail: There is a trail that leads down to the Captain Cook Monument from Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip and takes about 30 minutes (Full Disclosure: 40+ minutes on the way back up). Pace yourself. Once you reach the monument, you can snorkel in the water around the monument.

Some tips for kayaking to the Captain Cook Monument:

  • Book your tour in advance, especially if you’re visiting during peak season.
  • Wear reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Bring a water bottle and snacks.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for boat traffic.
  • If you are barefoot, reapply reef-safe sunscreen to the tops of your feet on the way back! 

Some tips for hiking to the Captain Cook Monument:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Bring a water bottle and snacks.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for uneven footing.
  • Wear reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Pack it in, pack it out!

Clear waters of Kealakekua BayEarly morning is the best time to snorkel in Kealakekua Bay without the tour boats.

Tour boats typically start arriving at Kealakekua Bay around 9:00am, so if you can get there before then, you’ll have the bay to yourself. The water is also generally calmer in the morning, which makes for better snorkeling conditions.

Some tips for snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay early morning:

  • Arrive at the trailhead early, around 7:00am or 8:00am.
  • Park at the Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park parking lot.
  • The trail is easy to follow.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for boat traffic.
  • Do not chase the dolphins!

If you can’t make it to Kealakekua Bay early morning, another option is to snorkel late afternoon. Most tour boats leave the bay by 3:00pm, so you’ll have a couple of hours to snorkel without the crowds.

Kealakekua Bay snorkeling and kayaking

  • Arrive at the trailhead around 2:30pm or 3:00pm.
  • Leave the bay by 5:00pm to avoid hiking up the trail in the dark.

No matter what time of day you choose to snorkel in Kealakekua Bay or how you get there, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. You should also bring a snorkel set, fins, and a floatation device if you’re not a confident swimmer. It’s a beautiful place with a variety of marine life to see.

Have a great time snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay!

Are you looking for a great place to stay near Kealakekua Bay? Check out Kona Coffee Villas