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Best Things to Do in Kona

Featured Kona Travel Tips
  • Visit Puako Hidden Beaches and look for sea turtles
  • See the views from the Old Kona Airport site
  • Brave the cratered lava road leading to Mahai’ula Beach
  • Enjoy a shaved ice and the magical beauty in Kailua
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

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Mary's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

For malasadas, the best were from Tex Drive Inn (Honokaa). In Waimea, the bbq from The Fish and the Hog (brisket tacos!) was very delicious, and we loved the burgers and fries from Village Burger. Hands down favorite meal was from Randy's Huli Chicken (south of Kona). For fresh eats, we loved Kaya's (south of Kona), The Booch Bar (Hilo), Halabar (at Mauna Lani Auberge), Tin Shack Bakery (Pahoa). I loved all the fruit, and every virgin and alcoholic pina colada I tasted. And anything with lilikoi is so good!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Watching for whales (remember to pack binoculars if traveling to the Big Island in the winter months!), walking along the water, swimming & snorkeling in the ocean, Hapuna Beach.

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

The entire island is incredible to explore, so enjoy some beach days on the Kohala Coast and then explore the east and southern parts of the Island for a completely different experience. Polulu Trail, Kilauea Iki Trail at Volcanoes NP, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic site. Worth waking early to watch all the spectacular sunrises.

Visited Kona in February

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Aly in Kona for Flytographer


Patricia's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Kai eats was a family friendly place to eat and right by the ocean

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Volcano National Park

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Have lots of snacks and water for the humidity.

Visited Kona in November

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Bethany's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Magics Beach Grill. Amazing ono tacos, burgers and the best Mai-Tai's we experienced during our whole trip to the Big Island! The patio ocean view is incredible and made our trip to Magic Sand Beach afterwards very convenient.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Kua Bay Beach. Big Island Circle Tour - Kailani Tours. Kohala Ziplines. Captain Cook's Monument hike. Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Water shoes are a must for most beaches (snorkels and boogie boards too). If your kids are 8 or older, Kohala Ziplines was an easy favorite.

Visited Kona in October

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Samantha in Kona for Flytographer


Pamela's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Da Poke Shack, Gecko Girls Shave ice! You can't go wrong with either, true local experiences :o)

What are the best things to do in Kona?

South of Kona, Captain Cook, Place of Refuge. Travel the island, make sure to see Volcano National Park and go up to Polulu Valley, so many things to do on the Big Island!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Book a condo instead of a hotel room to cut down on food costs and to have more room for them to spread out!

Visited Kona in October

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Aaron's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Fish Hopper and Island Lava Java

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Skydiving

Visited Kona in September

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


SEAN's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Boi Cho tan and Browns Beach House

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Fish pond pedicure! Where in the tiny fish nibble at your feet and makes you feel so revitalized.

Visited Kona in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Chantel's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Shaka Tacos nd Magic Sand Beach Grill for lunch with a view. Foster's kitchen for yummy food

What are the best things to do in Kona?

The Manta Ray dive was amazing! Hapuna Beach was a beautiful white sand beach. The Kulaniapia Falls waterfall on the Hilo side was amazing. The Volcanoes National Park was spectacular to see lava flow at night! The Two-Step beach had great snorkeling. The Farmers Markets were great for snorkeling.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Kona?

We loved staying at the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village because we got to see the dolphins at Dolphin Quest and sea turtles in their lagoon! Very beautiful property.

Visited Kona in August

Photo Shoot Location: Mahai'ula Beach & Makalawena Beach

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Denise's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Kona Inn. Incredible view and excellent food.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Big Island Honey Bee Farm. Very cool tour.

Visited Kona in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Samantha in Kona for Flytographer


Sally's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

We actually didn’t eat out in Kona!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

We loved the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau, and the Buddha’s Cup coffee plantation tour. We also loved using the Shaka guide to tour the island.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Don’t overplan, let the kids explore all the different beaches.

Visited Kona in August

Photo Shoot Location: Kailua

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Kate's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

We loved Umeke's Fish Market Bar & Grill, it was recommended by our beertender at Ola's brewery. Delicious food and excellent cocktails!! Also we stumbled upon a relatively new speakeasy; Cheers Tapas Bar, that we absolutely adored and I got to try abalone for the first time! The macadamia nut cookies and mac nut milk were just incredible as well.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

We did a tour at Greenwell Farms and learned all about Kona coffee. That was the only "activity" we really did in Kona other than walking around and site seeing. We did a lot of driving throughout the island to take photos and visit beaches.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Kona?

Book a helicopter tour of the island at the beginning of your trip in case you need to reschedule for weather conditions. We had one booked the last day (out of Hilo), and the pilot cancelled due to weather.

Visited Kona in July

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Kelsey's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Best Poke - Da Poke Shack. Fresh poke with lots of different delicious options. Best brewery - Ola Brew. I love seltzers and ciders! Ola has the best I’ve found! Pick up some Willie’s hot chicken to go and head to Ola to enjoy your food and a bevy!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms. Stunning view. Great coffee and teas. And lots of cats! Umi is the boss!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Kona?

Book a photo shot session with flytographer! ;)

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Samantha in Kona for Flytographer


Corinne's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Big Kahuna Beach Grill Kona Brewing Co

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Scuba diving with Torpedo Tours Beach 69 Beach 49 Hiking Mauna Kea

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Night time swimming with the manta ray is a must do! We LOVED IT! It doesn't matter what company you go with, they all will take you to the same spot and it was great! The Beach on Kona from Hapuna to Beach 69, to Kikaua Point (which is a real hidden jem!) everything was so much fun!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

You must rent a car to be able to do anything and everything you want. But leave enough time in the busy schedule to just go chill on the beaches!

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Maria's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Island Vintage Coffee at the King’s Shops. Awesome açaí bowls!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

The farm stand just south of the Pololu Valley Overlook. Loved watching them drill fresh coconuts for milk and then halve them with a machete! What a show! So organic. 😃 Sampling macadamia nuts at the Hamakua Company was fun and delicious!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

My 13 year old enjoyed aqua aerobics at the Waikoloa Marriott.

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Kailua

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Clarence's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Manta. It was a beautiful view and great food.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Loved our volcano tour with Kailani Tours

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Kailua

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Emily's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Papa Kona’s has amazing breakfast- great food, tasty mimosas, and oceanfront views!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

We went on a dolphin watch and snorkeling tour with Hawaii Experiences that was so much fun! We saw three different species of dolphin, a turtle, and a shark! The crew was excellent! We also discovered a quiet little beach adjacent to Honokohau Harbor. There’s some shade and it’s usually not very crowded. It’s a little rocky, but there are some great sandy areas and it is usually filled with turtles!

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Amber's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Lava Lava is a fun beach side restaurant with delicious food. The atmosphere can’t be beat.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

The Manta Ray tour with Sea Quest far exceeded my expectations and was the most magical encounter with nature I’ve ever experienced

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Kona?

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Visited Kona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Samantha in Kona for Flytographer


Juliana's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Lava lava beach club And Hau Tree

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Rent from @babyquip It saved us lugging all the kid items along!

Visited Kona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Becky's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Lava Lava Beach Club! Drinks were good, the beach and the breeze were amazing and the waiting area is the best ive ever seen.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

All the history tours are really neat.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Bring lots of sun screen, but there is lots of fun things for kids to do. Rent a car if you can and go on a few road trips into hilo and to see the Volcano.

Visited Kona in April

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Shelbie's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Papa Kona’s - great view and something for everybody

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Boogie boarding at the beach

Visited Kona in April

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Brittany in Kona for Flytographer


Crista's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Kai Eats and Drinks is new and has great food and amazing food.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Makahi Trail above Kona was a great little trail and a welcome reprieve from the heat.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

Kamakahou Beach was a perfect first ocean adventure for our 20 month old daughter. Calm waters, beautiful sand, and gradual entry into the water. Provided her with some confidence before more intense ocean adventures.

Visited Kona in April

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Jean's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Umeke’s Fish Market. Loved the ambiance, especially when outside and there is live music. Food was excellent, even for kids, and priced very reasonably. Wish we had tried it earlier in our trip!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

We loved Dolphin Quest and luau at the Hilton resort. We enjoyed Volcano National Park too.

What is your best travel tip for Kona?

Expect to pay about twice what you normally pay when dining out.

Visited Kona in March

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Kristen's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best things to do in Kona?

The night snorkel with manta rays was epic!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kona?

If you want to go snorkeling with kids, the Captain Cook snorkel boat tours are great because it's easy to get on and off the boat (as opposed to going in over slippery rocks with spiny urchins all around) and if your child gets cold, they can go back to the boat and wait with the captain while you finish enjoying the fish.

Visited Kona in March

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Alicia's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Magic Sands beach, Night Manta Ray snorkel

Visited Kona in December

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Sarah's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kona?

Breakfast at our inn - The Holualoa - was our favorite experience! Beautiful views and delicious homemade food. We also loved Da Poke Shack and Umeke’s.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Snorkeling in Captain Cook bay!

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Kona?

We didn’t love downtown Kona so much. Definitely get out and explore nearby areas too including the valleys.

Visited Kona in December

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Marcie's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best things to do in Kona?

We had the BEST time at the Aloha Adventure Farm doing their ATV tour. They have UTVs for kids and people not quite brave enough to drive an ATV. Plus, you stop at villages to learn about Polynesian culture through hands-on activities.

Visited Kona in November

Photo Shoot Location: Kailua

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


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