Destination guide

Say aloha! to Kohala

Where are you right now? Is it good? Well, it's almost certainly not as good as the Kohala Coast. This balmy stretch of sand and ocean is just about the most desirable spot in the whole of Hawaii, and for good reason. At your Kohala Coast vacation rental you'll find yourself rubbing shoulders with some of Hawaii's flashiest resorts, whitest sand beaches, and most stellar restaurants. Add in historic sites and some remarkable marine life, and you're onto a winner. The weather's exceptional, the people are beautiful, and if Kohala isn't Hawaiian for "paradise," then it should be.


What color do you like your sand?

Sooner or later, you're bound to end up down on the beach. The only question is going to be - which one? If you like to go with the flow (and on Hawaii, who doesn't?) head down to the white sand at Hapuna Beach State Park, a local favorite. Whichever stretch of sand you choose, you'll find water activities like paddle boarding, snorkeling, and outrigger canoe trips. Away from the sand, you've got golf courses and spas galore, or you can focus on getting close-up with the marine life. Try dolphin encounters at Dolphin quest, or glass-bottomed boat cruises.


The best of a good bunch

With its tropical location out in the Pacific Ocean, and its mountainous landscape, the Big Island of Hawaii is legendary for having most of the world's climates all in one place. The good news for your Kohala Coast vacation rental is that you're going to the best bit - while the east coast gets most of the island's rain, for the vast majority of the time, the northwest coast is sunny and dry. There are only really 2 seasons, summer and winter, but to be honest you'll struggle to spot the difference if you've come from anywhere else.

Natural features

You'll "lava" the volcanic landscapes of Kohala

The Kohala Coast is on the northwest of Hawaii's Big Island, and the landscape is a real eye-catcher. Inland you've got a volcanic landscape, with red and black rock fields, and vast upcountry ranches with a thriving cowboy "paniolo" culture. The coast itself is famous for white sand beaches, but there are black sand beaches, too (trust us, wear shoes). Venture into the water, and you'll discover all kinds of marine life, including rays, sea turtles, and dolphins. The best way to seek them out is on a kayak or guided snorkeling tour.


Traveling to and around Waikoloa

Fly into Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), the closest airport, located 9.9 mi (16 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.), which is 20.1 mi (32.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Kohala Coast?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,457 vacation rentals near Kohala Coast. From 350 Houses to 676 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 Kohala Coast for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kohala Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kohala Coast. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Big Island: 4,650 vacation rentals
  • Kona Coast: 3,761 vacation rentals
  • Kailua Kona: 3,516 vacation rentals
  • Waikoloa: 1,442 vacation rentals
  • Kona Alii: 23 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kohala Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kohala Coast?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kohala Coast:

  • Kailua Kona: 3,516 rentals
  • Waikoloa: 1,442 rentals
  • Waikoloa Village: 1,425 rentals
  • Puako: 1,413 rentals
  • Waimea: 440 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Kohala Coast?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Kohala Coast are:

  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA): 3,053 vacation rentals
  • Waimea Kohala Airport (MUE): 1,422 vacation rentals
  • Upolu Airport (UPP): 232 vacation rentals

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