Kona Coast Location Big Island

Hawaii is rightfully regarded as among the best vacation spots in the United States and the world. It offers tourists a chance to experience a bit of paradise with great weather, pristine waters and beaches, colorful reefs, abundant cultural experiences and fun and exciting activities like sailing and snorkeling.

The most popular destination in Hawaii is Kona. Kona isn’t necessarily a city so much as a district. The Kona district is located at the western edge of the Big Island. Kona is rich in history and produces a variety of interesting products that are important to Hawaii’s economy, such as coffee, beer and regional cuisine.

Visitors can choose from a range of great activity options when on island including some of the most popular ones below.

HISTORICAL SITES TO VISIT AT THE KONA COAST

You can see glimpses of the past throughout the Kona Coast. Tours across the Kona area to visit various historical and cultural sites, like the Captain Cook Monument, Hulihee Palace, ancient heiau (temples), and the old building foundations of past Polynesian civilizations.

Experience the rich history of Hawaii by visiting Kaloko – Honokohau National Historical Park. Located conveniently close to the south of Kona International Airport; it is a coastal park that allows tourists to discover and explore how ancient Hawaiian settlements lived on the rugged terrain of the Kona Coastline.  It is also an area that is known for frequent honu (turtle) sightings.

SNORKELING THE KONA COAST

Hawaii is a chain of islands, so naturally, there are a lot of fun water activities to do. However, Kona Coast offers some of the best ocean experiences available in all of Hawaii.

The pristine Kealakekua Bay is naturally protected from strong winds and is one of the best snorkeling spots available in Hawaii. In fact, it is the only underwater state park on the Big Island. This beautiful bay is home to the historic Captain Cook Monument.

Guests can dive into the crystal clear waters and experience a thrilling undersea adventure. The calm and clear waters allow for 100 feet of underwater visibility, making this a prime snorkeling destination. The Kealakekua Bay also has exotic marine life that is unique to this area of the big island. Enjoy a great view of colorful fish and reefs. Depending on the season, snorkelers can also see dolphins playing and sea turtles cruising through the ocean.

One of the main attractions of the Kona Coastline is the night snorkeling tours to view manta rays. It is one of the most majestic marine encounters you can have in Hawaii. See the large beautiful manta rays up close and personal. Guests watch from the water’s surface with flotation devices to observe the manta rays feed on plankton attracted by lights projected just below the water’s surface. Night snorkeling with the manta rays is one of the most breathtaking and sought-after experiences and a signature experience of the Kona vacation. Believe it or not you don’t even have to wait for a Manta ray season as many of them are local to the area!

AFTERNOON KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL & SAIL

Start time: 1:30pm
Prices from $27

Sail KONASTYLE and experience the pristine waters of the Kona
Coast as we make our way to Kealakekua Bay, which is home to the Captain Cook Monument and a marine sanctuary filled with tropical i’a (fish) and beautiful coral structures.

SAILING THE KONA COAST

The coastline of Kona is a great area to sail. It is protected from harsh  winds by three mountain slopes. Sailors can expect gentle breezes and smooth conditions, ideal for a relaxing sail. Travelers who want to explore Hawaii by sailboat can book a tour on a share-boat tour, or charter a personal sailboat to explore the seas. Enjoy your time sailing through the gentle waters of the Kona Coast by visiting historical Hawaiian sites, snorkeling, reaching pristine beaches, and watching dolphins and whales.

AUTHENTIC KONA COFFEE

Activities are not limited to the water in Kona, Hawaii. Tourists can visit one of many coffee farms dotting the gentle mountain slopes above the region. One such farm is Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee Farm, a 40-acre spread that offers visitors free tours around the estate. If you do decide to visit, you can get a free taste of their delightful Kona coffee. The tours are free and are offered from 9:15 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. Experience how Kona Coffee is made first hand, see the overview of the farm, and look at how coffee beans are milled and dried. Once finished, you can then have a taste of the best coffee Kona has to offer.

ATTEND LUAUS

Attending a luau is one of the classic Hawaiian tourist experiences. Guests to Kona can choose from various luaus with festive feasts, lively music and rousing cultural dances and performances.

EXPLORE THE COAST WITH KONA STYLE SNORKEL & SAIL

Go sailing around the Kona Coast with Kona Style Snorkel & Sail! Our catamaran cruises is the best way to experience the beauty of the Kona Coast, see marine life, and enjoy a day in Hawaii.

KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL & SAIL

SUNSET & MANTA RAY SNORKEL

AFTERNOON MARINE ADVENTURE