Sunset in Kona

Top 10 + Best Things To Do in Kona Hawaii (Kailua-Kona)

Amazing Things To Do in Kona Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii is a large island. If you happen to book your hotel in Kailua-Kona instead of Kohala Coast not a problem, there is a lot to do in Kailua-Kona also. Here’s a look at what to door best things to do  in Kona  Hawaii .

1. Manta Ray Dive at night

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Do something that you have never done before. Something adventurous and never thought you would try.  Take a dive at night and see the Manta Ray come out at night to feed. Off the tip of the Sheraton Kona hotel you will find a dive swimming with the Manta Rays. 

2. Captain Cook or Kealakekua Bay snorkel

Take a snorkel tour near Captain Cook monument in Kealakekua Bay. Here you will find local fish swimming near the reef.  If you don’t feel like taking snorkel tour you can also kayak towards the monument. See the nearest activities desk at your hotel and ask for the tour.

Wonderful and beautiful underwater world with corals and tropical fish

3. Relax at Magic Sands Beach

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If you feel like going to the beach and ride some waves. The closest beach to go if staying in Kailua-Kona would be at Magic Sands. Here you will find White sand beach and with nice waves to either body surf or surf. A life guard is present and if you need a surf instructor you also can find one with a fee. The beach is easy to find, just drive on Alii Drive on Kona Coast and you will sure to find it.

4. Experience Lu'au show at Royal Kona Resort

Hawaiian fire dancer playing with FIRE!

Luau show is performed in the center of Kailua-Kona in Royal Kona Resort. Here you will find traditional Hawaiian food and lu’au show. Make sure to bring your phone with you so you can take spectacular photos. At this Lu’au is also a great spot to see the sunset. If you are lucky enough on a great perfect day you can also experience the “Green  Flash” during sunset. 

5. Kona Sport Fishing Charter


Kona is the home of its annual Billfish tournament.  The best Big Game fishermen come to Kona in the summer to compete with its 2+ million dollar prize. Even if you are not a big game fisherman but just want to experience the thrill and rush of reeling in a 1000 pound marlin, here you try your luck. Take boat tour with some of the charters available and see if you are lucky enough to get one hooked. Kona has its advantage because of its deep blue water where sport fishing is very popular. 

6. Enjoy a Sunset Dinner At Huggos Restaurant


Right on Alii Drive, Huggos sits on the waters edge where you can enjoy local seafood with beautiful view. Here you dine right on the waters edge and you have a captivating sunset view. 

7. Visit Kona Farmers Market

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In the heart of Kona you will find Kona Farmers Market. Here you will find fresh local fruits and vegetables. This is also a great place to find some souvenir such as wooden carvings for you to take home. Or maybe you want to find yourself a nice homemade jam. 

8. Kona Coffee Farm tours

Hand picking coffee beans from coffee plant tree

North Kona has the best Kona coffee that you will find in the world. Here you will be able to experience the best coffee you have ever had. Kona coffee for you coffee lovers is personally the best coffee. You will visit the farms and able to harvest and see the process. Make sure to purchase some Kona Coffee for you to take back home with you. 

9. Enjoy Local Brew at Kona Brewing Company

Lager beer mugs

If you love a nice brew. You have to try Kona Brewing company. Here  you fill find feature beer that are made in-house. Kona Brewing company makes local beer that is popular not only in Kona but throughout the islands of Hawaii. You will always find Kona Brewing bottle in a store shelf. 

10. Watch and Experience Iron Man Triathlon


No I am not saying you should compete in a triathlon. If however, you  are visiting Kona in October, it is best to schedule your visit during the Iron Man Chamption Triathlon. Be advise that Kona will be extremely busy during this time. But you will experience and see the best condition athletes in the world trying to win the Iron Man Triathlon. An amazing annual event that you can witness the mental strength and endurance of these amazing athletes that come from all over the world.  The best part it is free just grab your lawn chair and cheer on the athletes as they pass right by you.

11. Watch Spectacular Kona Sunset

Sunset in Kona

The simplest yet most amazing things to do in Kona Hawaii is enjoy a beautiful sunset. One of the most spectacular sunset you can ever witness at Kona while catching the orange hue while sipping a glass of White wine at waters edge.

 As a local, I can never get tired of this view, especially after a long day at the office or shall I say the beach.


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