Known by many as simply Kona, this beautiful Hawaiian town is a dream destination for hundreds of travelers every year. It is set at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano and it offers visitors excellent weather conditions, numerous outdoor and water activities and a great variety of Kailua Kona vacation rentals. In ancient times, the town was the kings’ favorite place to settle and many missionaries built churches and residences, making this tiny fishing village into a seaport. Getting to Kailua Kona is not that difficult as the city counts with its own airport, the Kona International Airport at Keahole and many major U.S airlines, Japanese and Canadian airlines have direct flights.
Things to do in Kailua Kona
Being part of the Big Island, Kona offers great entertainment alternatives. Some of the most popular include:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: This is one of the country’s most spectacular parks. It was established in 1916 and it displays the volcanism and evolution of hundreds of years. It has been recognized as both and International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding natural values. When visiting the park you can drive around the crater and feel the hot steam rising from fissures all around.
Rainbow Falls: Other popular Big Island attraction, the Rainbow Falls are located in Hilo and provide visitors with the perfect opportunity to witness an 80 foot waterfall rushing into a pool almost one hundred feet in width. Try to visit the falls during the morning hours when the sun rises over the area’s mango trees, you will be able to take some post-card like photos if you’d like.
Hapuna Beach State Park: If you are looking for a great beach the Hapuna Beach State Park is the place to go. You will find lots of soft sand and a great view of Maui. Swimming conditions here are excellent most of the time and snorkeling is great at the south-end of the beach. There is a coral reef and fish are very varied.
Punalu’u Beach: This is a black sand beach where turtles come to nest. Visitors of this beach will be treated with beautiful scenery and excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions as well. It is located south of Hilo and it is a quiet spot perfect for those looking for total relaxation. It is recommended not to touch or distress the turtles.