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The beaches on the Big Island are amazing but there are also many beautiful hikes including the Makuala O’oma Trail hike in the Kaloko Cloud Forest. This cool, shady hike starts at Makahi Street is about a 4-mile loop trail in the Honua’ula Forest Reserve. The trail is well-maintained and offers moderate elevation gain, making it a good option for hikers of all levels. You can hike this clockwise or counterclockwise. This description takes you clockwise.

Trail Details

To start the hike, park on the side of the road at the Makahi Street trailhead. The trail begins with a steep descent through a lush forest of native Hawaiian trees and ferns. 

After about a mile, the trail reaches a flat section that winds through the forest. This section of the trail is particularly scenic, with views of towering trees and lush ferns.

After about two miles, the trail begins to climb back uphill. The climb is moderate, but there are a few steep sections. As you climb, you’ll pass by several viewpoints with stunning views of the Kona Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

At the top of the climb, you’ll reach the Makuala O’Oma Trail junction. Ahead of you are Mauka meadows and likely some grazing cows. Turn right to he

ad back to the Makahi Street trailhead. When you take the fourth right turn you’ll make your way back into the canopy. Somewhere along this area take a break to catch your breath and just listen to the sounds of the forest.

Plan Ahead

Yellow Flowers of the Kahili Ginger Plant

Hiking the Kaloko Cloud Forest in Kona takes about 2 hours to complete, depending on your pace and how many stops you make. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

Here are some additional tips for hiking the Kaloko Trail:

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, as the trail can be slippery and uneven in some areas.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks, as thereare no services on the trail.
  • Be respectful of the native Hawaiian plants and animals.
  • Leave no trace: pack out all of your trash.

Another great hike takes you to a beautiful snorkeling spot in Kealakekua Bay

Additional information for this hike can be found here

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



Kailua-Kona is renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning ocean views, and vibrant local culture. It attracts tourists from all over the world who are seeking a tropical paradise experience. When planning a vacation in Kailua-Kona, finding the perfect accommodation is key to ensure a memorable and enjoyable stay. Vacation rentals with an ocean view can provide the ultimate experience, allowing you to wake up to the beauty of the Pacific Ocean every day.

Benefits of a Vacation Rental with an Ocean View

Choosing a vacation rental with an ocean view offers numerous benefits that can enhance your overall vacation experience. Here are some key advantages:

Relaxation and Serenity

Staying in a vacation rental with an ocean view allows you to immer

se yourself in a serene and tranquil environment. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore and the gentle ocean breeze create a calming atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating your mind and body.

Spectacular Views

The primary advantage of a vacation rental with an ocean view is the breathtaking scenery it offers. Imagine waking up to panoramic views of the sparkling blue ocean, witnessing stunning sunsets, and gazing at the starry night sky. These views serve as a constant reminder of the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Privacy and Exclusivity

Vacation rentals often provide more privacy and exclusivity compared 

to hotels. With your own private space, you can enjoy the ocean views without the crowds typically found at resorts. This allows for a more intimate and personalized experience, making your vacation truly special.

Direct Beach Access

Many vacation rentals with ocean views are located near or directly on the beach, providing convenient access to the sand and surf. You can easily take leisurely strolls along the shoreline, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or simply relax under the shade of a palm tree.

Home-like Amenities

Vacation rentals offer a range of amenities and facilities that can make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. From fully-equipped kitchens and spacious living areas to private pools and outdoor dining spaces, these rentals provide a home-away-from-home experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the Kailua-Kona lifestyle.

Top Vacation Rentals in Kailua-Kona with Ocean Views

To help you find the perfect vacation rental with an 

ocean view in Kailua-Kona, we have curated a list of the top properties that offer breathtaking views and exceptional amenities. These rentals have been highly rated by previous guests and are known for their exceptional customer service. Let’s explore them in detail:

Keauhou Resort 120

Ocean view from Lanai

Located in the prestigious Keauhou Resort, this stunning vacation rental offers breathtaking ocean views from its spacious lanai. The condo features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, accommodating up to 6 guests comfortably. W

ith its modern furnishings, fully-equipped kitchen, and access to resort amenities such as a pool and tennis courts, Keauhou Resort 120 is an excellent choice for a relaxing and luxurious stay.

Kona DreamsKona Dreams Ocean View

Kona Dreams is a beautiful vacation home that offers panoramic ocean views and a private pool. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this spacious rental can accommodate up to 6 guests. The open-concept living area, modern kitchen, and outdoor dining space make it perfect for families or groups seeking a comfortable and stylish retreat in Kailua-Kona.

Keauhou Akahi 208Sunset Ocean view

Keauhou Akahi 208 is a charming condo located in the Keauhou Akahi complex, offering stunning ocean views from its private lanai. The condo features 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms, accommodating up to 4 guests. Guests can enjoy access to the complex’s swimming pool, barbecue area, and beautifully landscaped grounds. With its convenient location and breathtaking views, Keauhou Akahi 208 is a popular choice for couples or small families.

Ocean View from Lanai at Na Hale OkeauhouNa Hale O’Keauhou M2

If you’re looking for a spacious vacation rental with direct ocean views, Na Hale O’Keauhou M2 is an excellent choice. This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo offers a comfortable and stylish living space with a private lanai overlooking the ocean. Guests can enjoy access to the complex’s swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness center. The convenient location near shopping, dining, and entertainment options makes Na Hale O’Keauhou M2 a popular choice for travelers.

Kona Riviera Villas 103Ocean View from Kona Riviera Villas

Kona Riviera Villas 103 is a cozy and charming condo that offers stunning ocean views and direct beach access. With 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, this rental is perfect for couples or solo travelers seeking a romantic getaway. The condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area, and a private lanai where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views. The complex also offers a swimming pool and barbecue area for guests to enjoy.

White Sands Magic Sands ocean view vacation rentalWhite Sands Village 232

White Sands Village 232 is a spacious vacation rental that offers beautiful ocean views and a serene atmosphere. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this condo can accommodate up to 4 guests comfortably. The rental features a fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious living area, and a private lanai overlooking the ocean. Guests can also enjoy access to the complex’s swimming pool, tennis courts, and barbecue area.

Kona Makai 1-103


Ocean View from Pool at Kona Makai

Kona Makai 1-103 is a beautifully furnished condo located in the Kona Makai complex, offering stunning ocean views and easy access to the beach. With 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, this rental is perfect for couples or solo travelers. The condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area, and a private lanai where you can relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Guests can also enjoy the complex’s swimming pool, hot tub, and tennis courts.

Alii Villas 318

Ocean view from Alii Villas CondoAlii Villas 318 is a spacious and modern condo offering breathtaking ocean views and close access to many of the most popular beaches in Kona. It’s also within walking distance to many restaurants and shopping at Coconut Grove Marketplace. With 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, this rental can accommodate up to 4 guests comfortably. The condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, a stylish living area, and a private lanai where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views. Guests can also enjoy the complex’s swimming pool, barbecue area, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Kona Coffee Villas 246

Kona Coffee Villas 246Ocean View from Kona Coffee Villas is a charming and cozy condo located in the Kona Coffee Villas complex, offering beautiful ocean views and a peaceful ambiance. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this rental is perfect for families or small groups. The condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area, and a private lanai where you can relax 

and enjoy the ocean breeze. Guests can also enjoy access to the complex’s swimming pool and barbecue area.

Kona Makai 5-103

Tropical View from Lanai

Kona Makai 5-103 is a beautifully appointed condo located in the Kona Makai complex, offering stunning ocean views and direct beach access. With 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, this rental is perfect for couples or solo travelers seeking a peaceful retreat. The condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area, and a private lanai where you can relax and enjoythe breathtaking views. Guests can also enjoy the complex’s swimming pool, hot tub, and tennis courts.

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A vacation rental with an ocean view in Kailua-Kona is the perfect way to experience the beauty and tranquility of Hawaii. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, the vacation rentals mentioned in this article offer breathtaking views and exceptional amenities. From waking up to the sound of crashing waves to enjoying spectacular sunsets, these rentals provide an unforgettable experience. So, start planning your dream vacation in Kailua-Kona and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

West Hawaii, particularly the Kona and Kohala coasts of the Big Island of Hawaii, is known for its stunning beaches. Wide swatches of sand, shady spots under the trees, or reefs full of sealife, whatever you are looking for, here are some of our favorite beaches in West Hawai’i:

Best Beaches in West Hawaii

Hammock overlooking the beach and ocean in Hawaii

Hapuna Beach State Park:

Hapuna Beach is one of the most famous beaches on the Big Island. It offers a long, wide expanse of golden sand and clear turquoise waters, making it ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and bodyboarding. The beach is also equipped with picnic areas and restroom facilities.

Waialea Beach 69:

Just down the road from Hapuna Beach is a personal favorite. Are you looking for sun or shade? Napping, swimming, snorkeling? In the many hidden spots under the Kiawe trees, you can find your own quiet space to relax and unwind. Or find a sunny spot in the soft sand and soak up the warmth of the Hawaiian sun. The snorkeling around the largest rock outcropping can bring some impressive displays of coral and fish and even the turtles seem more relaxed with fewer people in their ocean. 

Honokohau Beach:

Are you looking for calm waters and a peaceful spot to relax? With a protective reef, Honokohau Beach is a great spot for swimming or snorkeling. It also has a little more shade than many West Hawaii beaches. This beach is a part of Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park which has an ancient fishpond just above the beach. You can read more about the area and the archaeological sites, springs, petroglyphs, heiau (Hawaiian temples), and fishponds here.


Makolea 11 near Kahalu'u Bay

Kahalu’u Bay:

Kahalu’u Bay has a little of everything. Not only is there a large sandy area for relaxing and picnicking but it has some great snorkeling, an excellent area for surfing including many options for surf lessons, and a beautiful spot for watching the sunset.

Mauna Kea Beach:

Located adjacent to Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea Beach is another beautiful option. It’s known for its powdery white sand and gentle waves. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is nearby, offering beachside amenities and dining.

Kaunaoa Beach (Mau’umae Beach):

This beach is situated in front of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and is known for its crescent shape, palm trees, and soft sand. It’s a great spot for snorkeling, paddleboarding, or simply relaxing.

Lanai overlooking the Hawaiian CoastKua Bay (Manini’owali Beach):

Kua Bay is a picturesque beach known for its crystal-clear waters and fine white sand. Before you walk down to the beach, pause a moment to appreciate the gorgeous turquoise waters below and just take a deep breath. It’s a popular spot for boogie boarding, body surfing, and picnicking. Bring your binoculars if you want to watch the dolphins cruising by and an umbrella for a little shade. Be sure to arrive early as the parking lot can fill up quickly.

Makalawena Beach:

Accessible via a short hike from the Kekaha Kai State Park parking lot, Makalawena Beach is a hidden gem with a unique landscape of white sand, lava formations, and palm trees. It’s a remote and beautiful spot for those seeking a quieter beach experience. If you have a 2WD vehicle you might want to consider walking in. The reward of arriving makes the hike worthwhile.

Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area:

This park has a unique beach known for its black lava rock shoreline. It’s a great place for picnicking, beachcombing, and watching the sunset. The park also offers walking and jogging paths. On the mauka side of the parking lot you can enjoy a stroll on the Maka-eo walking path with gardens maintained by community members and local businesses

Kona Islander Relaxing bedroom


Kealakekua Bay:

While not a traditional beach, Kealakekua Bay is famous for its clear waters and incredible snorkeling. It’s a protected marine sanctuary and home to a wide variety of marine life, including colorful coral and spinner dolphins. The hike in is rigorous but worth it or take a guided kayak tour and enjoy the sight of dolphins swimming and leaping along beside you.

Two Step Beach (Honaunau Bay):

This rocky beach is famous for its exceptional snorkeling and diving opportunities, including the chance to see Hawaiian green sea turtles and a variety of fish. Dolphins and rays are often spotted in the deeper areas past the “Aloha”. The name “Two Step” refers to the natural stone steps that lead into the water.




Whichever beach you choose, you are likely to find a place you love. So lay out your towel, kick off your slippahs and let us know your favorite!

After a beautiful day at the beach here are a few suggestions for some local eats!

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.

Sunrise at Kona Coast Resort 5203

Sunrise at Kona Coast Resort 5203.

A great quiet location with AC and other amenities. But nothing beats the sunrise and sunsets. For more information click here: 5203.


Happy Turkey Day from Kona! Where the birds are always having a good time!

We hope everyone has a peaceful fun-filled weekend whatever you might be doing 🙂

Hello Hawaii Guests!

We wanted to make you aware of an on-going deal through Viator for visitors to all the Islands of 20% on bookings for popular island activities everything from star tours, snorkeling, helicopter trips, dolphin watching etc.

So long as you follow the link provided and book through them. No code is needed just book at checkout. It’s a great offer to take advantage of in order to add to the fun of your trip.

The offer is valid through September 6th!

Viator Link Here

As always stay safe & enjoy the islands!

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As of November 15 the Big Island has been open and welcoming travelers back for a month! With a months hindsight we want to answer some questions about what traveling to Hawaii is like in the time of COVID.


So far we haven’t had any issues with our travelers not having their tests on time or being accepted. (Knock on wood!) Gauging how long it takes at the airport, of course, depends on crowds so it’s impossible to say for sure. But taking into account not only time for the test but also the usual baggage claim, car rental, etc its estimated at 2 hours at most. But like we said it’s dependent on days, times and crowds!

It’s a huge help to have all required travel forms completed prior to your arrival! All the forms and relevant information can be found at Safe Travels Hawaii.



We are required to notify each complex of arrivals and departures so ask that you keep us informed of your flight info prior to arrival. If you are looking for further information on the complexes, resorts or local business we can answer any questions or put you in touch with the right people.

Also we have noted some airlines are cancelling flights. We can be flexible with your dates and if you need to subtract or add days to make the flight work out we can work with you, just make sure you keep in touch so we can accommodate your changes as best we can.



Traveling to Hawaii in the time of COVID does mean following all the local travel regulations. While the islands are open this is definitely an important part of allowing tourism to continue and keeping everyone healthy and safe. We ask that you socially distance while out and about and follow the local mask mandates and any business rules they ask you to adhere to.



As we know very well things remain up in the air and ever changing we remain flexible on cancellation policies as well as reservation deposits, credits and date changes.


Please call or email for more information or if you have any further questions about travel to Kona.




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There are a multitude of adventures to have in Kona and on the Big Island:

Take a submarine tour

Coffee Tours

Historical Landmarks


Volcano Tours (Adventures with Lava!)

Biking, Hiking, Segue Waying, Flying

Private & Group Tours

Dolphin Experiences



Whatever the Kona Coast provides we’ve got a tour for you! 🙂

You can even book airport greetings!

Now Kona Vacation Rentals can book your adventure for you! Just let us know what you are looking for and we can find and book the best Island Adventures available so that everything is ready for your Kona Trip!