Kailua Kona

A must-visit when you’re enjoying the sun and sand on Hawaii’s Big Island, Kailua Kona (or just “Kailua” or “Kona”) is a breezy seaside town on the west side of the island that perfectly captures the Aloha spirit. The island paradise is nestled where the Hualalai volcano meets the Pacific. Find a climate that is nearly always sunny and dry, that perfectly pairs with stretches of white sand beaches and world-class golf courses.

Cheat Sheet

Check into the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, situated on the Kona-Kohala Coast and enjoy luxury amenities like an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course course, beachfront dining and newly expanded spa — Tee up one one of Kona’s three top golf courses — Break out the snorkel gear and spend the day at King Kam beach — Wait till the sun goes down to dive below the ocean and observe manta rays noshing on plankton — Head out into the country to visit a coffee farm where world famous Kona coffee is harvested

What to do in Kailua Kona

When visiting Kailua Kona outdoor activities reign supreme. King Kam beach is perfect for snorkeling; the area also offers opportunities to scope out sea life from night diving with Manta Rays to visiting a sea horse farm. Kona also boasts three top golf courses — Kona Country Club Ocean Course, Hokulia Golf Club and Makalei Golf Course — where you can scope out sea views from the greens. The climate and land are also the perfect environment for growing coffee and you can tour coffee farms to get a first-hand look.

What to bring to Kailua Kona

With Kona’s nearly perfect year-round weather, you’ll want to pack for the sun, that includes sunscreen, sun glasses, and a bathing suite or three. Hiking boots are also great to have on hand for local hikes, and packing or shipping your golf clubs will put you at the top of your game on any one of there island’s three pristine golf courses. Island life is pretty laid back, but if you’re planning on finer dining, pack accordingly.

What to bring home from Kailua Kona

Kona is one of the best places on the Big Island to pick up a few things to bring back home. Head to Ali’i drive between the pier and Royal Kona Resort to hit local shops selling from locally made artisan goods like jewelry, art, and clothes. Also, stock up on all the local gourmet food products you’ve enjoyed during your visit like Kona coffee, macadamia nuts and tropical fruit jams.

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