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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


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


Aimee's Travel Tips for Kona

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

Kona Brewing - fabulous food and ice cold delicious beer.

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Mauna Kea and Snorkeling with Manta Rays. Plus simple sunrise/sunset beach walks.

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

Pack less.

Visited Kona in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Jai's Travel Tips for Kona

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

Broke da mouth

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Kayak to Captain cook and then snorkel Manta ray at Outriggers Hike to the green sand beach Queens bath and black sand beach

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

Split up the day. Do things that they like and then do things that you like. Train them to hike and swim. Our boys have done long hikes with us and snorkel with us since they were small.

Visited Kona in October

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Amanda in Kona for Flytographer


Christina's Travel Tips for Kona

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

Canoe House and Merrimans, both a MUST

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Full day tour of coffee farm, winery, waterfall and volcano. Private boat tour with snorkeling

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

Private dinner on the beach with the Four Seasons Hualalai

Visited Kona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sandra and Kris in Kona for Flytographer


Stephanie's Travel Tips for Kona

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Aka falls waterfall!

What is your best travel tip for Kona?

Stay in an Airbnb and get a rental car to feel more like a local!

Visited Kona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Mahai'ula Beach & Makalawena Beach

Aly in Kona for Flytographer


Sara's Travel Tips for Kona

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

Brown's Beach Bar at the Fairmont Orchid

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Ola brewing was amazing! good food, great beer! SeaQuest Ocean Adventures was a great tour

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

Go during the week! Nothing was crowded and we had lots of space to ourselves

Visited Kona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Puako Hidden Beaches

Marissa and Rui in Kona for Flytographer


Amanda's Travel Tips for Kona

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

Huggos

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Whale watching was amazing and Beach 69 is beautiful.

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

Give yourself a lot of free time for the things you you didn’t know you needed extra time for.

Visited Kona in February

Photo Shoot Location: Waikoloa Beach

Tawni in Kona for Flytographer


Suzanne's Travel Tips for Kona

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

You have to make your way to Kona Brew Pub. A fun atmpsphere for the whole family!

What are the best things to do in Kona?

Hapuna Beach is the best place to spend the day!

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

If you are traveling with kids, bring a wagon! Better than a stroller for when you are walking the pier.

Visited Kona in March

Photo Shoot Location: Waikoloa Beach

Tawni in Kona for Flytographer


Rachael's Travel Tips for Kona

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

Snorkeling at beach 49 black sand beach is not to be missed!

Visited Kona in March

Photo Shoot Location: Puako Hidden Beaches

Sarah in Kona for Flytographer


Patty's Travel Tips for Kona

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

Exploring the beach and finding sea turtles at sunset.

Visited Kona in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sandra and Kris in Kona for Flytographer


Alexandra's Travel Tips for Kona

What is your best overall travel tip for Kona?

Try to go to all the restaurants you can that look right over the water! My absolute favorite is called Splashers, amazing food and drinks. I will go back to Kona just to eat there! Also, Kai Coffee is superb for early risers and is also right on the water!

Visited Kona in February

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Aly in Kona for Flytographer


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