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Kona (Island of Hawaii) vacations

The island of Kona was made to be explored.
Calling all adventurers. If you’re the type to pack hiking boots for vacation, then the Island of Hawaii is for you. Wake up with a famous cup of Kona coffee, and hike (or bike) a volcano, spend an afternoon scuba diving and finish it all off with a luau at sunset. You can take a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, try a helicopter tour, swim with the dolphins, snorkel, surf, and so much more. Then finish each day in a top-class resort. Go big, and book your Southwest Airlines® flight today.​

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Here are a few of our most popular Kona (Island of Hawaii) resorts:

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    Hilo (Island of Hawaii)

    Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

    Inspired by culture, well-being, and genuine aloha, Fairmont Orchid is a luxury Island of Hawaii resort and spa beautifully located on the majestic Kohala Coast.

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    Hilo (Island of Hawaii)

    Hilton Waikoloa Village

    Feel the spirit of Aloha at Hilton Waikoloa Village, a spectacular oceanfront playground, set on the sunny Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii.

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    Hilo (Island of Hawaii)

    Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    Experience spacious and modern accommodations, three outdoor pools and waterslide, two 18-hole championship courses, and more.

Things to do in Kona

  • Girl Sightseeing Aloha Beach

    Glass Bottom Boat Adventure

    Step aboard the Glass Bottom Boat and explore the amazing Hawaiian reef without ever getting wet! Relax under the shaded canopy and view Green Sea Turtles grazing, hundreds of species of colorful tropical fish, and unique Hawaiian coral through 6 full size windows.
  • Tourist Cycling at Jungle

    Grand Circle Island Tour

    This scenic 260 mile excursion takes you from enchanting tropical rainforests to the awe inspiring rim of the massive Kilauea Caldera!
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    Circle of Fire and Waterfalls

    Tour the most geologically active environment on earth which has been continuously erupting since 1983. Tour emphasis is on the most current areas of volcanic activity.

Hawaii is full of things to do. Here are our top picks:

  • Hang out with the sea turtles on the gorgeous black sand shores at Punaluu.
  • Witness the majesty of Kilauea at Volcanoes National Park.
  • Grab some binoculars and your sea legs for an afternoon of guided whale watching.
  • Recharge with a mug of world-famous Kona coffee in a quaint coastal village.
  • Suit up and dive deep for a scuba diving lesson.
  • Stop for a beautiful photo-op at the breathtaking Akaka Falls.

Additional information on the Island of Hawaii:

The Island of Hawaii is a favorite of experienced travelers, known for its volcanic hikes, stunning rainbows, and breathtaking beauty. We recommend a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, ‘Akaka Falls, a trip to Mehana Brewing Company, the Lyman Museum, or the island’s astronomy center.

If you are in Hilo (Island of Hawaii) you are on the “wet side” of the island, so make sure to bring a light, water-friendly jacket. But the rain shouldn’t deter you from the many adventures the Island of Hawaii offers.

If you are in Kona (Island of Hawaii), make sure to try a cup of their famous coffee, watch an authentic luau, try swimming with the dolphins, riding horseback, and more.

Kona vacation FAQ

What is the best time of year to visit Kona Hawaii?

The best time of year to visit Kona, taking into consideration the weather, crowds, and demand for accommodations are during the months of April to May and August to October.

What should I not miss in Kona Hawaii?

When in Kona you should not miss Kona coffee, the Mauna Kea Summit for astronomy, snorkeling or scuba diving the coral reefs, and some of the best beaches including Manini’owali Beach and Makalawena/Pu’u Ali’i Beach.

Which side is better Hilo or Kona?

Kona sees more tourists and boasts calm beaches perfect for snorkeling whereas Hilo is more relaxed with fewer tourists and large surf, but there is plenty to do and much to see with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park a short drive away, which side is better is up to you to decide.

What is Kona Hawaii known for?

Kona is famous for Kona coffee, deep-sea fishing, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii.