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Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Located along Hawaii's western coast, where the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai meet the sea, the Kona Coast is a region of endless lava fields and golden Pacific sunsets. The clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. At the heart of the Kona Coast lies the charming resort village of Kailua. Because two other 'Kailuas' exist within the state, the Big Island's Kailua is often called Kailua-Kona for clarity.

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Kailua Kona, Hawaii

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook lost his life, is one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. The area is a state park and conservation site, teeming with undersea life. It's a great place for both experienced snorkellers and novices to explore the marine world.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Explore the underwater world of Kona's reef on an adventure to a realm once explored only by Jacques Cousteau and other skilled divers. At depths of 9 to 23 metres (30 to 75 feet), you'll travel along a natural coral reef bed that is home to a multitude of tropical marine life. Look closely and you may catch a glimpse of moray eels.
  • Take a walking tour of Kailua-Kona's dozens of charming and fascinating historic sites. Enjoy stories of Kona's colourful characters and the places they inhabited. Experience the treasures of the King's summer palace as well as the beautiful palace grounds.
  • Soar over the west side of the Big Island via helicopter and discover the lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and rugged coastline around Waipio Valley.
  • Take a tour round the historic plantation town of Kohala, then hike along the Pololu Valley where you'll experience the breathtaking Kapoloa Falls.
  • Cruise the coast in search of the local spinner dolphins on your way to a reef where you can snorkel and see the tropical fish and coral reef.

Sporting Adventures

  • Go fishing in the billfish capital of the world. The calm, deep-sea fishing grounds off the coast of Kona are teeming with marlin, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo and short-nose spearfish year-round.
  • Play a round of golf on one of Hawaii's many beautiful waterfront courses. Some of the most challenging courses in the world are found on these islands.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Hawaii is famous for its Kona coffee. Just one taste of this rich, smooth coffee and you'll want to bring some home with you.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Kailua Kona, Hawaii


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 75.8° 24.33°
Average Low 61.2° 16.22°
Mean Temperature 69° 20.56°
Record High 85° 29.44°
Record Low 52° 11.11°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 0 in 0 cm

Before You Visit

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