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Explore Kailua-Kona from vacation home rentals

Kailua-Kona was once the home of the Hawaiian king Kamehameha I, and with a Kailua-Kona vacation rental, you might feel pretty regal yourself. It's the vacation hub for this part of Hawaii, with water activities galore, plus good proximity to many of the area's main attractions. There's a great dining and nightlife scene in Kailua-Kona, and the surrounding area is full of old temples and other historic sites. It's also a great place to find yourself face-to-face with some of the Pacific's most charismatic marine characters, including dolphins, whales, turtles, and manta rays.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Kailua-Kona vacation homes

To get a glimpse into the life of Hawaiian royalty (presumably so you can imitate it at your own Kailua-Kona vacation rental), head to Hulihe'e Palace. A former royal vacation home, it's now a museum showcasing exhibits and artefacts. To go further back in time, you'll want to visit the Honokohau Settlement in the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. This ancient Hawaiian site features fishponds, petroglyphs (mysterious rock carvings), and religious sites. And if you're into your exploration history, you could take an excursion out to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook breathed his last.

Activities

Activities near your Kailua-Kona summer rental

One look at the warm waters of Kailua Bay, and you'll realise they're going to play a big part in your Kailua-Kona vacation rental. Snorkeling, diving, surfing, and sailing are all big round here, so pick your favorite and dive in. Or you could just lie back on the beach and take a dip in the shallows—we won't judge. And how do you fancy getting up close with whales and dolphins when you venture out of your Kailua-Kona vacation rental? Well, there are local boats that can sort you out, usually setting out from Honokohau Harbor.

Weather

Best time to travel to Kailua-Kona vacation rentals

Not a fan of the cold? Well you've come to the right place, because there isn't any here. All year round, Kailua-Kona is one of the warmest places in the whole of the States. It's also relatively dry in this part of Hawaii, though one thing you might encounter during your Kailua-Kona vacation rental is a local phenomenon called "vog." This "volcanic smog" is caused by the clouds of sulfur dioxide belched out by Hawaii's most active volcano, Kilauea. It turns up sometimes if the winds are blowing in the right direction, but it doesn't seem to deter the vacationers.

Natural features

With coffee this good, everything's active except the volcano

Kailua-Kona is set on the west coast of Hawaii's Big Island, looking out onto the Pacific Ocean. If there's one thing most folks know about western Hawaii, it's that the volcanic activity is almost as lively as the nightlife in Kailua-Kona, but fortunately, Hualalai, the local volcano, is pretty laid-back. A big feature of the area is coffee growing, so you can bet your bottom dollar they'll do a good cup of joe round here. The crystal clear waters of Kailua Bay are home to dolphins and sea turtles, so strap on a snorkel and dive in.

Beaches

Best beaches near Kailua Kona vacation rentals

Kailua Kona has an array of pristine beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Honokohau Beach, a remote beach with calm waters and soft sand made of coral, black lava, and shells, and Honl’s Beach, a popular surf spot with a rocky shoreline and excellent breaks. You could also visit Hale Halawai Park, a waterfront park with a rocky beach, pavilion, and grassy areas in tranquil surrounds.

How to get there

How to get to and around Kailua-Kona

Fly into Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), which is 21.1 mi (33.9 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Kailua Kona

Kailua Kona boasts plenty of romantic spots to explore on a getaway. Vacation homes are available near places like Hualālai, a volcano with moderate hiking trails to the summit for stunning vistas, and Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, a scenic beach with opportunities for surfing, spearfishing, swimming, and picnicking. You'll also like the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, a bean-to-cup Kona coffee plantation site with roasting plant tours.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kailua-Kona?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,487 vacation rentals near Kailua-Kona. From 792 Houses to 1,991 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kailua-Kona for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kailua-Kona?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kailua-Kona:

  • Kahaluu Bay: 635 vacation rentals
  • Keauhou: 1,714 vacation rentals
  • Kona Palisades: 176 vacation rentals
  • Kulalani: 186 vacation rentals
  • Opihihale: 148 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kailua-Kona?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kailua-Kona. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Magic Sands Beach: 2,112 vacation rentals
  • Kahaluu Beach Park: 2,144 vacation rentals
  • Big Island Country Club: 3,297 vacation rentals
  • Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm: 2,264 vacation rentals
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: 2,474 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kailua-Kona listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kailua-Kona?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 792 Houses in Kailua-Kona. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kailua-Kona include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,991 rentals available
  • Villas: 176 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 75 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kailua-Kona?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,866 vacation rentals with pool available in Kailua-Kona. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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