5 Must-Do Things In and Around Kona

The seashore in Kailua-Kona
Beaches in the Kailua-Kona region of Hawaii


Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise. It has wonderful sights from pristine sands to azure waters, lush foliage, and wildlife galore. It has anything and everything that someone on holiday would want to experience! But are you wondering what region of Hawaii to visit? The Kailua-Kona region will give you everything you want from a tropical island vacation – here are our top 5 picks of things to do in the region:

1. Swimming at Manini’owali Beach 

Manini’owali Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Big Island, Hawaii

This crescent-shaped beach is known as one of the best that Hawaii has to offer. It has pristine clear water, soft white sand and lava rocks that make up the topography of the beach. In warm weather, it is a lovely place to go swimming, or even pulling out your boogie board to ride the waves. Sure, the name might be a little hard to pronounce, but that’s why locals have given it the nickname “Mile 88” because of a marker found near the beach or “Kua Bay”, making it easier for tourists to get to it.   


2. Snorkeling and Scuba in Kona

Sea turtle swims under water on the background of Hawaiian reefs.

The waters in and around Kona are known for their clarity and visibility. They are also home to a large number of manta rays as well as hundreds of tropical fish, sea turtles and breathtaking coral reefs. These sites are available for snorkeling and scuba diving, so no matter what your experience level may be, dipping underwater to take in the wonderful sites that Kona has to offer is available to you. Don’t miss a chance to see all the friendly dolphins swimming by in their natural habitat! 



3. Mauna Kea Summit


Mauna Kea in Hawaii

If you get a chance to drive up to the summit at night, don’t miss it. This mountain boasts some of the clearest skies on the planet above it, meaning the stargazing experience is unmatched and truly magical. The mountain, if measured from its base below sea level to the top is technically the tallest mountain in the world and is the highest point in the state of Hawaii.  


4. Shopping at Ali’i Drive

Ali’i Drive in Kailua Kona

Shopping should not be taken as the generic term here where you have big branded stores or high street shops to buy from. Shopping in Kona is more for buying local trinkets and souvenirs. Kona is the best place to fine local shopping on the Big Island. You can find locally made jewelry, garments, art and anything else you can think of! 


5. Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Aerial View of Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park

This notable site is full of culture, history and archeological landscapes that shouldn’t be missed. The park covers an area that is the meeting point between the mountains and beaches, giving you the best of both worlds. There are tide pools and monuments, lava formations and preserved petroglyphs for guests to enjoy as well as plenty of wildlife to spot, including sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Kona is really a wonderful place to visit when you are in Hawaii. It has some of the best beaches and the clearest water on the island. If you’re planning your vacation to Hawaii, make sure to put this region on your list of places to visit and stay at.  

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