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Kailua-Kona

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Mountains
Heart of the Kona Coast
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year. Usually called simply Kona, the town was once Hawaiian royalty's favorite retreat. Its near-perfect weather has made it a popular vacation destination for anglers, snorkelers, boaters, and cavers from around the world. With a permanent population of about 10,000 people, Kona sits just 17 km (11 mi) from the island's major airport and is the center of commerce and tourism on the Island of Hawaii's western coast. Our United States itinerary maker site allows you to plan your trip to Kailua-Kona and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Swim with Dolphins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Duration: 2 hours
Mauna Kea ©
Mountain
Mauna Kea
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Duration: 2 hours
Saddle Road
Scenic Drive
Saddle Road
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kailua-Kona

Akaka Falls State Park ©
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Akaka Falls State Park Hilo
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Puako
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My Kona Adventures ©
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My Kona Adventures Kealakekua
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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours Hilo
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kailua-Kona

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
The Vanillerie ©
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The Vanillerie
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Kona Cloud Forest ©
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Kona Cloud Forest
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ©
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Duration: 8 hours

Wildlife in Kailua-Kona

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 2 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Duration: 4 hours
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Wildlife Area
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Shark Diving
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Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Kailua-Kona

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Ocean Rider Inc ©
Aquarium
Ocean Rider Inc
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Duration: 2 hours
Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
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Duration: 2 hours
Magic Sands
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Magic Sands
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Duration: 2 hours
Mahai'ula Beach ©
Beach
Mahai'ula Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kailua-Kona

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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Cindy Coats Gallery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Cindy Coats Gallery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Quilt Passions ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Quilt Passions
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Big Island Buggy ©
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Big Island Buggy
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Duration: 8 hours
Hang Loose Boat Tours ©
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Hang Loose Boat Tours
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Duration: 3 hours
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Boat Tour
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Duration: 2 hours
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
National Park
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Honaunau
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

If you wish to indulge yourself while on the Kona coastline of the Big Island, book your stay at one of Kailua-Kona's fully furnished beachside villas, offering spa services, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the coastline's luxury resorts, featuring tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site activities like hula lessons and diving classes. Smaller hotels a short drive from the city may not offer beach access, but they provide plenty of privacy at a fraction of the cost of the area's big resorts.
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