Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,154 vacation rentals near Kailua-Kona. From 1,215 condos to 504 houses, 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.

If it was good enough for royalty, it's worth a look

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.

That crab from The Little Mermaid had it right

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.

Get some vacation tips from the folks who did it right

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.

There's literally nowhere with better weather

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.

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.