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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

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

Welcome to Bliss on the Bay, where tranquility and luxury meet in Hale Moana’s luxury oceanfront retreat on the beautiful shores of Heeia Bay, located on the southwest side of Hawaii’s Big Island. This charming Hawaiian home provides a private oceanfront retreat, nestled above the ocean’s edge beside a magnificent lava rock bluff, showcasing breathtaking views of the Kona Coast. 

Ocean View from Hale MoanaSpace for a Large Family

Indulge in the spaciousness of this self-contained property, featuring a grand great room ideal for entertaining. Connected to the well-equipped kitchen is an expansive enclosed lanai, offering panoramic views of the bay and a naturally heated black-bottom pool. With 4 bedrooms and 5 and a half bathrooms, this home provides ample space for relaxation and comfort.

The main house boasts an upstairs master bedroom with a king-sized bed, Jacuzzi soaking tub, walk-in shower, and a wrap-around porch. The three guest suites are located in an attached guest wing, each complete with their own bathrooms, TVs, ceiling fans, and access to the enclosed inner courtyard and pool.

Nearby Attractions and Activities

For those seeking adventure in the water, a paved pathway leads you to the nearby beach access point in the bay, perfect for snorkeling and exploration.  If you desire dining, movies, souvenirs, or a Saturday Farmer’s Market experience, the Keauhou Shopping Center is just a short distance away. 

Conveniently situated only 6 miles south of downtown Kailua-Kona, this house serves as an ideal “home away from home” while visiting the Big Island. Keauhou Bay is within walking distance, offering easy ocean access for activities such as scuba diving, sailing, fishing charters, and outrigger canoeing. If you are looking for a Manta Ray excursion we recommend My Kona Adventure. Should you crave a taste of local markets, shopping, and art galleries, downtown Kailua-Kona is a mere 10-minute drive. Nearby Kahalu’u Bay is a popular spot for snorkeling and surfing and Beachside BBQ’s.

Kitchen and Lanai at Hale MoanaRelax on the Lanai

If relaxation is your priority, this location is paradise. Enjoy grilling the day’s fresh catch on the back deck’s gas BBQ, and unwind in the comfortable seating while witnessing the breathtaking island sunsets.

Out and about

For the adventurous souls, there are opportunities to explore volcanic trails, discover enchanting waterfall trails near Hilo, embark on horseback riding adventures in the northern Waipi’o Valley, or stargaze from the summit of Mauna Kea.

Please Note:  This property might not be suitable for small children due to the pool and cliff location as well as the location of the bedrooms.

This is a No Smoking, No Pets property



Choose the Perfect Vacation Rental with an Ocean View

When selecting a vacation rental with an ocean view in Kailua-Kona, it’s important to consider several factors to ensure you find the perfect fit for your needs and preferences. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

Location and Proximity to the Beach

Ocean View from Keauhou Surf and RacquetThe location of your vacation rental is crucial, especially if you want easy access to the beach and other attractions. Consider the proximity to popular beaches, restaurants, and shopping areas. If you prefer a quieter and more secluded experience, opt for rentals that are away from the hustle and bustle. 

Amenities and Facilities

Take note of the amenities and facilities offered by the vacation rental. Does it have a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, or a private pool? Consider the amenities that are important to you and ensure they are available in the rental you choose.

Reviews and Ratings

Check online reviews and ratings of the vacation rental to get an idea of the experiences of previous guests. This can provide valuable insights into the overall quality, cleanliness, and customer service of the rental property.

Budget Considerations

Set a budget for your vacation rental and choose one that fits within your financial constraints. Keep in mind that rentals with better views or more luxurious amenities may come at a higher price. Consider the value you will receive for the price and prioritize your preferences accordingly.

Tips for Maximizing Your Ocean View Experience

Once you’ve chosen the perfect vacation rental with an ocean view, here are some tips to make the most of your experience:

Choose a Rental with a Balcony or Patio

Opt for a rental that offers a balcony or patio where you can relax and enjoy the ocean views. This outdoor space allows you to soak up the sun, enjoy meals outdoors, and unwind while taking in the natural beauty of Kailua-Kona. 

Opt for Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Ocean View from Kona Coffee VillasIf possible, choose a rental with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of the ocean. These windows allow you to enjoy the views from the comfort of your living area, even on days when the weather might not be ideal for outdoor activities. 

Arrange Outdoor Seating for Relaxation

Make sure your rental has comfortable outdoor seating where you can relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Consider adding cushions, pillows, and blankets to create a cozy and inviting outdoor space.

Enjoy Sunrise and Sunset Views

Take advantage of the stunning sunrise and sunset views by waking up early or planning evening activities around these magical moments. Watching the sun rise or set over the ocean is a truly unforgettable experience.

Take Advantage of Waterfront Activities

With direct beach access, make sure to take advantage of the waterfront activities available to you. Go for a swim, snorkel in the clear waters, learn to surf, or simply take long walks along the shoreline. The ocean is your playground, so make the most of it!

Surfers at Magic Sands Beach

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I find vacation rentals with ocean views in Kailua-Kona?
A: Yes, Kailua-Kona offers a wide range of vacation rentals with stunning ocean views. From condos to beachfront villas, you can find the perfect accommodation to suit your preferences.

Q: Are vacation rentals with ocean views more expensive than other rentals?
A: Vacation rentals with ocean views may come at a higher price due to their prime location and desirable amenities. However, there are options available to suit various budgets, so you can find something that fits your financial constraints.

Q: How can I book a vacation rental with an ocean view in Kailua-Kona?
A: You can book a vacation rental with an ocean view in Kailua-Kona online through various vacation rental websites which will often have specials and discounts. 


Contact us to find your perfect vacation home.

Snorkeling in Hawai’i is a wonderful way to enjoy the island environment. Here are a few of our favorite spots on the Big Island. 

Kahalu’u Bay

Kahalu’u Bay, situated on the west coast near Kailua-Kona, stands out as one of the Big Island’s premier snorkeling destinations. This bay draws snorkelers with its calm, clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Its popularity lies in the abundant array of colorful fish and graceful green sea turtles that can be encountered here. Conveniently, you’ll find snorkel gear rental shops nearby, making it accessible for visitors of all experience levels.

Sea Turtle Swimming Underwater

Two Step at Honaunau Bay

Two Step, located near Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, offers a unique underwater experience. Its name derives from the natural two-step entry into the water. The area is renowned for its pristine coral reefs, diverse marine life, and excellent visibility. Snorkelers can expect to encounter a wide range of fish species, including the iconic Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the Hawaiian state fish.

Beach 69

Beach 69, also known as Waialea Beach, graces the Kohala Coast with its secluded beauty. This idyllic beach is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and superb snorkeling opportunities. Beneath the surface, snorkelers can explore intricate coral formations and observe various species of fish. Nearby facilities such as restrooms and picnic tables make it a convenient and enjoyable spot for a day of snorkeling.


Honokohau, found within the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park just north of Kailua-Kona, offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. Snorkelers in this area can explore underwater lava tubes, ancient fishponds, and a rich diversity of marine life. Beyond the snorkeling experience, visitors can also dive into Hawaiian culture and history as they explore the historical sites within the park. As with any snorkeling spot, it’s essential to check local conditions, respect the marine environment, and prioritize safety while enjoying these beautiful locations.

Choose your Sunscreen Wisely

Use Reef-Friendly Sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen that is labeled as “reef-safe” or “oxybenzone-free.” Chemicals in many sunscreens harm coral reefs when washed off in the water. Check this list of reef-safe sunscreens and consider buying a Hawaiian-made brand online or when you arrive. Kokua Sun Care and Little Hands Hawai’i are two personal favorites.

Some Snorkeling Safety Tips

Snorkeling in Hawaii is a fantastic way to observe and appreciate beautiful marine life, but it’s crucial to do so responsibly to protect the environment and ensure your safety. Here are some rules and guidelines to follow when snorkeling in Hawaii:

No Touching: Never touch, handle, or harass marine life, including coral, fish, sea turtles, seals, dolphins, and other creatures. Touching coral can damage it, and touching or chasing wildlife can stress or harm the animals.

Maintain a Safe Distance: Keep a respectful and safe distance from all marine life. For sea turtles, it’s required to maintain a distance of at least 10 feet (3 meters). For Monk Seals, Dolphins and Whales stay 50 feet away and you’ll still be able to enjoy the experience! Avoid crowding or surrounding any animals.

Avoid Standing on Coral: Never stand or walk on coral reefs. Even seemingly dead or fragile coral can be vital to the ecosystem, and standing on it can cause irreparable damage.

Stay on Established Paths: If you are entering the water from the shore, use established paths or entry points to avoid trampling on sensitive coastal areas.

Pack Out What You Pack In: Do not leave any trash or litter behind, and pick up any trash you may encounter. Dispose of it properly in designated receptacles.

Respect Protected Areas: Be aware of marine protected areas (MPAs) and follow any additional rules and regulations specific to those areas. Some areas may have restrictions on fishing or snorkeling.

Swim with a Buddy: Snorkel with a buddy, and keep an eye on each other in the water. This is not only safer but can be more enjoyable as you share the experience.

Know Your Limits: Only snorkel within your skill and comfort level. If you’re a beginner or unfamiliar with a particular area, consider going with a guided tour or seeking local advice.

Protect the Environment: Be an advocate for the marine environment. Educate yourself about Hawaii’s unique ecosystems and the threats they face, and support conservation efforts when possible.

Enjoy your Adventure

The Hawaiian Islands are amazing above and below the water and we hope you are as entranced with the beauty as we are. By following these tips and guidelines, you can enjoy snorkeling in Hawaii while helping to preserve the natural beauty and health of the marine environment for future generations. Remember that responsible snorkeling benefits both you and the fragile ecosystems you explore.

These are a few of the locals businesses we recommend for more adventures.

No matter the size of group or your needs, we have a place for you at Kona Vacation Rentals. Our diverse range of accommodations, from cozy condos to spacious beachfront villas, ensures that we can cater to families of all sizes and preferences. Whether you’re planning an intimate getaway for two, a family reunion, or a group adventure, our properties offer comfort, convenience, and the perfect home base for your Hawaiian holiday. With our commitment to providing personalized service and a variety of options, we’re dedicated to making your stay in Kona, Hawaii, truly unforgettable.

Oceanfront Pool - Vacation Rental in Kona, HawaiiLuxury Accommodations

Looking for luxury accommodations for a special occasion? At Kona Vacation Rentals we offer some of the most beautiful and unique, luxury beach homes in Kona. We are sure to have a home with all the features and amenities you are looking for and expect from a luxury home

Ocean View from the Lounge ChairsOcean-View

Do you want to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the ocean? We have ocean-view private balconies so you can enjoy the panoramic ocean views and the beautiful Kona Sunset. 

Golf Course View

Will you be getting in some golf during your visit? There are 10 golf courses within 15 miles of Kona but why not stay right on the course. Take a look at some of our golf course view condos.

Golf Course near Kona Rentals

Planning ahead for the holidays by booking your Hawaii vacation well in advance is a great idea, especially considering that winter is a popular time to visit Hawaii. Here are some advantages and tips for booking your Hawaii vacation early:


Winter is a peak tourist season in Hawaii, as many travelers visit the islands to escape the winter cold. By booking early, you increase your chances of securing accommodation, flights, and activities at your preferred dates and locations.

Cost Savings: 

Booking in advance often allows you to take advantage of early-bird discounts and special offers. Prices for flights and accommodations tend to rise as the holiday season approaches, so booking ahead can help you lock in lower rates.

Flexible Options: 

Early booking provides more flexibility in terms of choice. You can explore a wider range of accommodations, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly options, and choose the one that suits your preferences and budget.

Peace of Mind: 

Knowing that your holiday plans are in place can reduce stress and allow you to look forward to your trip with excitement. You won’t have to worry about last-minute availability issues.

Flight Options: 

Booking early gives you access to a broader selection of flight options, including nonstop routes and better seat choices. It can also help you secure the best deals on airfare.

Holiday Activities: 

Hawaii offers a plethora of activities and excursions, from snorkeling and hiking to luaus and cultural experiences. Booking in advance ensures you can reserve your preferred activities and tours, especially those that tend to sell out quickly during the holiday season. We love the Go Hawai’i events calendar for planning activities.

Family Gatherings: 

If you plan to spend the holidays with family or friends in Hawaii, early booking allows everyone to coordinate their travel schedules, ensuring that you can all be together for special celebrations.

Remember that winter is a busy time in Hawaii, so it’s essential to plan ahead and make reservations as early as possible to ensure a smooth and enjoyable holiday vacation. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway or an adventure-filled Hawaiian experience, booking in advance can help you make the most of your time in paradise.

Are you planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and wondering if there is any nightlife in Kona? Well, you’re in luck! Kona offers a vibrant and exciting nightlife scene that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. From live music and dancing to beachside bars and cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy once the sun goes down. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through some of the best places to experience the nightlife in Kona, ensuring that your evenings are as memorable as your days exploring this beautiful island. On any night from Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse and Ocean’s Sports Bar and Grill, there’s plenty for all.Nightlife in Kona Ali'i Drive lit up at various restaurants

Exploring the Nightlife Scene in Kona

Music and Mai Tais at Don the Beachcomber

Located in the heart of Kona, Don the Beachcomber is a must-visit spot for music lovers and cocktail enthusiasts. Every Thursday evening, this iconic venue comes alive with the sounds of live music, offering a perfect opportunity to dance the night away while sipping on delicious mai tais. With its vibrant atmosphere and tropical setting, Don the Beachcomber provides an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of the Hawaiian nightlife.

Gertrude’s Jazz Bar

For those seeking a more intimate and refined atmosphere, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is the place to be. Considered one of the best jazz clubs in all of Hawaii, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar offers an impressive lineup of talented musicians, delectable food, and craft cocktails. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or simply looking for a sophisticated night out, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar promises an evening of elegance and entertainment.

Huggo’s On The Rocks

If you’re in the mood for a beachside setting with live music, Huggo’s On The Rocks is a must-visit. With its stunning ocean views and relaxed ambiance, this iconic establishment has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike for decades. Offering a delectable menu of Hawaiian cuisine and tropical drinks, Huggo’s On The Rocks provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night of dining, dancing, and enjoying the company of friends or loved ones.

Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse

For a laid-back and casual night out, head over to Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse. This popular spot in Kailua-Kona offers a wide selection of tasty grub and ice-cold brews. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or simply looking for a friendly neighborhood bar, Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse is the place to be. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder why this establishment has become a local favorite.

Kozy’s Tiki Palace

Immerse yourself in the world of pop and Tiki art at Kozy’s Tiki Palace. This unique and lively venue hosts live comedy and magic shows every evening, ensuring a night filled with laughter and entertainment. Whether you’re a fan of comedy or simply looking for a different kind of nightlife experience, Kozy’s Tiki Palace offers a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that guarantees a memorable night out.

Oceans Sports Bar & Grill

Sometimes, keeping things simple is the best way to enjoy a night out. Oceans Sports Bar & Grill provides exactly that – a neighborhood bar with a Hawaiian twist. Offering a friendly atmosphere, tasty food, and refreshing drinks, Oceans Sports Bar & Grill is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring the island. Catch a game on one of the screens, mingle with the locals, and enjoy the laid-back vibes that make this place so special.

Laverne’s Sports Bar

Looking for a lively sports bar atmosphere? Look no further than Laverne’s Sports Bar. This popular establishment offers everything you’d expect from a neighborhood sports bar, including big-screen TVs, a variety of beverages, and a menu of delicious pub-style food. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or simply looking for a fun night out with friends, Laverne’s Sports Bar is the place to be.

After a fun night out head back to Laverne’s for a great breakfast.

If Late Night isn’t your style let’s just call Big Jake’s Island BBQ an Early Evening experience. It’s one of our favorites for the early bird late nighters!

Making the Most of Your Nightlife Experience in Kona

While the venues mentioned above provide a fantastic starting point for your nightlife adventures in Kona, there are plenty of other options to explore. Ali’i Drive, in particular, is a hub of activity with its array of restaurants, bars, and shops. People watching along this scenic drive is a favorite pastime for both locals and visitors. Additionally, Coconut Grove Marketplace offers a variety of dining options and live entertainment, making it a great place to spend an evening.

It’s also worth noting that Kona offers a range of cultural experiences that can enhance your nightlife adventures. From traditional Hawaiian luaus to hula performances and fire dancing shows, immersing yourself in the local culture is a fantastic way to make the most of your evenings in Kona. Be sure to check out the local event listings to see what exciting performances and celebrations are happening during your visit.

Exploring Kona’s Historic Landmarks

Kona is steeped in history and boasts several significant landmarks that provide a glimpse into its past. A walking tour through the streets of Kailua-Kona will take you to places like Huliheʻe Palace, Mokuʻaikaua Church, and the Ahuʻena Heiau, where you can immerse yourself in the rich Hawaiian heritage and learn about the fascinating stories of the island’s ancient rulers and traditions.

Another must-visit historic site is Kealakekua Bay, located to the south of Kailua-Kona. This was the spot where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778. Today, the bay is not only known for its historical significance but also for its stunning beauty and vibrant marine life. Snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay is an experience that will leave you in awe.

Discovering the Enchanting Beauty of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Exploring Kona’s Historic Landmarks

Kona is steeped in history and boasts several significant landmarks that provide a glimpse into its past. A walking tour through the streets of Kailua-Kona will take you to places like Huliheʻe Palace, Mokuʻaikaua Church, and the Ahuʻena Heiau, where you can immerse yourself in the rich Hawaiian heritage and learn about the fascinating stories of the island’s ancient rulers and traditions.

Another must-visit historic site is Kealakekua Bay, located to the south of Kailua-Kona. This was the spot where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778. Today, the bay is not only known for its historical significance but also for its stunning beauty and vibrant marine life. Snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay is an experience that will leave you in awe.

Discovering Ancient Hawaiian Culture

To truly understand the essence of Kona, a visit to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a must. This well-restored Hawaiian “place of refuge” offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the ancient Hawaiian culture. Explore the grounds and discover the heiau (temples), fishponds, and petroglyphs that provide a glimpse into the spiritual beliefs and daily life of the early Hawaiians.

Another historical gem in the area is the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park. Spanning over 1160 acres, this park is home to ancient temples, fishponds, and petroglyphs. Take a leisurely stroll through the park and marvel at the ingenuity of the early Hawaiians while enjoying the serene beauty of the surrounding nature.

Water Adventures in South Kona

South Kona is known for its calm and clear waters, making it the perfect destination for water activities. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will be delighted by the vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins and graceful honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) as you explore the underwater wonders.

One of the most unforgettable experiences in Kona is a manta ray boat tour. Joining this tour allows you to scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle giants of the sea. Witnessing the majestic manta rays gracefully glide through the water is an awe-inspiring encounter that will stay with you forever. We recommend My Kona Adventure for a great experience.

Deep-Sea Fishing and International Billfish Tournament

Kona is renowned for its deep-sea fishing opportunities. The waters surrounding the island are home to a variety of game fish, including marlin, mahi-mahi, and tuna. Fishing enthusiasts can embark on a thrilling adventure and try their luck at catching the trophy fish of their dreams. Every August, Kona hosts the International Billfish Tournament, attracting anglers from around the world to compete in this prestigious event.

Exploring the Lush Upland Slopes of Hōlualoa

Escape the coastal heat and venture to the cooler upland slopes of Hōlualoa. This charming town is famous for its coffee plantations, particularly the world-famous 100% Kona coffee. Take a tour of the coffee farms, learn about the coffee-making process, and savor the distinctive flavors of this exceptional brew. Hōlualoa is also known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries showcasing the works of local artists.

Upcoming Local Events

Kona is not only a place of natural beauty and historical significance but also a hub of cultural events and festivities. Here are three upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

  • Kona Coffee Festival – Celebrate the rich coffee heritage of Kona at the annual Kona Coffee Festival. This ten-day event showcases the region’s finest coffee, offering tastings, farm tours, live music, and cultural performances.
  • Ironman World Championship – Witness the ultimate test of endurance at the Ironman World Championship. Athletes from all over the world gather in Kona to compete in this grueling triathlon, showcasing their strength, determination, and spirit.
  • Kona Brewers Festival – Beer enthusiasts will love the Kona Brewers Festival, a celebration of craft beer and local cuisine. Sample a wide variety of beers from Hawaii and beyond, paired with delicious food from local vendors. The festival also supports local nonprofit organizations, making it a fun and meaningful event.

Kailua-Kona is a destination that captivates the hearts of all who visit. From its rich history and cultural landmarks to its stunning natural beauty and exciting water adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re sipping on a cup of freshly brewed Kona coffee or snorkeling alongside manta rays, Kona offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Discover the magic of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of this captivating paradise. Contact Kona Vacation Rentals today to find the best vacation lodging for you.

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from Kona everyone!

Stay safe, follow your local fireworks ordinances and keep an eye on your pets if the louder celebrations stress them out. Most importantly have a wonderful time whatever your day may bring 🙂

We’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Years!Here’s to a brilliant 2019!

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