Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

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Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

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The selection of accommodations are as diverse as the activities awaiting travelers. They include waterfront, golf, beach, mountain, and locations within walking distance to the ocean. Wherever you decide to store the luggage, you will be impressed with posh amenities. Spas, five star restaurants, shopping, and even private lanais contribute to a pampered vacation.

Surfer’s Haven

Regardless of the location of your stay, there will be a plethora of surfing options. Favorite spots include Kua Bay and Kahalu’u Beach with break walls that make them ideal locations. Finding your own secret surf break location while out on a drive is also an alternative. While surfing is the most popular water sport in Kailua-Kona, boogie boarding is not far behind. This is due to the fact that anyone can take part as long as they have a board. An activity off the beaten path is to swim or surf with the dolphins.

Must-See Attractions

Most visitors will be surprised to know that the tallest mountain in the world is located near Kailua Kona. There is more to take-in including the only rainforest located in the United States. The natural wonders in this destination showcase the following unique global features:

  • Mauna Kea: As the tallest peak on earth this sleeping giant disguises its 10,000 meter base under the warm Pacific Ocean. Due to its dormant status, Mauna Kea is ideal for tourism with a state-of-the-art observatory. This is an astronomer’s delight as well as enthusiasts that enjoy a natural light show. Star gazing is open to the public with nightly schedules. Tours of the summit complete the experience with vistas that span for thousands of miles.
  • Magic Sands Beach: Depending on the time of year, the sand at this beach will disappear only to return as if no one is watching. The winter and spring time is when the phenomenon exists, while the summer see its return. When the sands are gone, exposed geological jewels fill the beach area. Waves still come to shore, although the landscape does not resemble the normal beautiful white sands.
  • Hamakua Coast: Waterfalls and breath-taking views abound in this location. A historic heritage landmark travels through valleys and steep lookouts. Suggested stops include Akaka and Umauma Falls that cascade effortlessly along three tiers of harden lava rock. Waipio Valley Lookout is another opportunity to take in the pristine tropical wilderness of a rainforest. A visit at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens will stun with explosions of colorful native plants including orchids.

Hiking Anyone?

Kiholo Bay has picturesque hiking trails with gentle slopes and little resistance. A few other locations have already been mentioned including Mauna Kea and Hamakua Coast. Sugar cane, pineapple, and lush landscapes captivate visitors on each trek. Reaching peaks throughout the journey offer spectacular photo opportunities and jaw-dropping sunsets.

The Sun is Always Shining

There are only two words needed to describe the weather at this destination: surfs up. Temperatures are moderate to hot with tropical ocean breezes. Higher elevations have been known to get cooler at night. Dressing casually during the day or evening is the only way to enjoy a busy schedule. There is always plenty of sunshine, although there is rain near the Hamakua Coast due to its windward side location.

Transportation to Kailua Kona

The island destination requires a select mode of transportation including by plane or private boat. There is also a modern cruise port with major lines docking regularly. Visitors can take this option as they prepare to revel in their upcoming getaway. Rental cars are necessary to reach all the attractions during the visit.

Attractions In and Around Keauhou

Looking for places to see while you're in Keauhou? Some of the area's family-friendly draws for travelers include Haleo Luau, Kona Le'a Plantation and Kona Joe Coffee Farm. Visitors searching for nearby landmarks can take a trip to Hulihee Palace and Captain Cook Monument. To appreciate the outdoor scene, make time for beaches like Magic Sands Beach and Kapahukapu Manini Beach and green spaces such as Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Kahalu'u Beach Park.

You could easily spend a day shopping at Keauhou Shopping Center. Activities around the area include Kona Country Club, Swing Zone and Big Island Country Club. Also a trip to Lekeleke Burial Grounds, Higashihara Park or Aloha Theatre might be a nice excursion.