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BIG ISLAND HAWAII ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS

 

The Big Island of Hawaii is divided in half by three volcanoes, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa.  To the east is the Hilo side which is the windward side of the island, and to the west is the Kona side which is the leeward side of the island.

Kona is famous for sport fishing, snorkeling, sunsets and coffee. Kona means “leeward” in Hawaiian. The northern portion of the Kona side of the Big Island is also known as the Kohala district.  The weather and ocean conditions can be vastly different on each side of the island depending on the time of year and the predominant trade winds.  The Big Island is large and diverse, boasting 11 of the world's 13 climate zones.  Because the mountains block the northeasterly trade winds, the Kona side of the island gets very little rain and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. 

With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming - especially since Hawaii is the biggest of the islands.   Use our website to help you plan your next Kona Hawaii vacation.  For additional detailed information on secluded secret beaches of Kona, remote hike-to-only waterfalls and volcanoes, check out a great book available on Amazon.com: Big Island Revealed.

 

North Kona
Kona's Keahole Airport and the vibrant town of Kailua-Kona are located in North Kona.  With direct flights from the Mainland and Overseas, Kona is easily accessible.  Honokohau Harbor is located here in North Kona, just south of the airport.  This marina and small boat harbor is where many tour boats depart on SCUBA diving trips, snorkeling adventures, or waterborne sightseeing and dolphin & whale-watching tours.  You can also access the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park via a trail from the north parking lot of the harbor.

 

Noth Kona Hawaii Activities and events in the culture rich Big Island of Hawaii

Kona Shopping at its best, just across from the beautiful beaches of the Big Island

Kona Snorkelling

Kona Hawaii Sunset

 

Kailua Kona
The heartbeat of Kona is the town of Kailua where stores and restaurants on Ali'i Drive weave among impressive historical landmarks.  Kona is home to the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  There are many curio stands and handicraft stores here where you are sure to find sought-after souvenirs.  Many dining opportunities exist including a wide variety of local Hawaiian, ethnic, and seafood restaurants.  Ocean activities depart from Kailua Pier, Honokohau Marina and Keauhou Bay.  If you want to be near the action of this bustling town, find a hotel in Kailua Kona.  Kailua town sits right at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and because of that every Kona sunset is a spectacular event. 

 

South Kona
Further south, the road gains elevation and you will pass a string of tiny villages and small coffee farms. You will notice the air becoming cooler and the foliage lush, as you are climbing the slopes of the Hualalai volcano.   Continuing south are Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau, probably the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving spots on the island.  Keep an eye out for the green sea turtles and Hawaiian Spinner dolphins that frequent these locations!  The slopes of the mountain, is Kona coffee country and there are dozens of small coffee farms and stores along the way, as well as spectacular valleys and postcard views.  If you keep going south, you will eventually get to South Point and the green sand beaches.  Continuing past South Point and onto the other side of the Island will take you to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and on to Hilo.

 

Snrkelling in the beautiful South Kona Hawaii waters

 

Hale Ho`ola
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85-4577 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Toll Free: 877-628-9117 or 808-328-9117
E-mail: tlc@hale-hoola.com

     

 

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