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Kailua-Kona

4.4
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Mountains
Heart of the Kona Coast
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year. Usually called simply Kona, the town was once Hawaiian royalty's favorite retreat. Its near-perfect weather has made it a popular vacation destination for anglers, snorkelers, boaters, and cavers from around the world. With a permanent population of about 10,000 people, Kona sits just 17 km (11 mi) from the island's major airport and is the center of commerce and tourism on the Island of Hawaii's western coast. Our United States itinerary maker site allows you to plan your trip to Kailua-Kona and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Popular things to do in Kailua-Kona

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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Mauna Kea
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Scenic Drive
Saddle Road
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kailua-Kona

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Waterfall
Akaka Falls State Park Hilo
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Puako
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
My Kona Adventures Kealakekua
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours Hilo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kailua-Kona

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Beach
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Farm
The Vanillerie
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Kona Cloud Forest
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
4.6
Duration: 8 hours

Wildlife in Kailua-Kona

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Kailua-Kona

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Aquarium
Ocean Rider Inc
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Magic Sands
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Mahai'ula Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kailua-Kona

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Cindy Coats Gallery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Quilt Passions
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Outdoor Activity
Big Island Buggy
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Hang Loose Boat Tours
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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National Park
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Honaunau
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

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