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There's so much to see and do, here are some of our favorites

The Big Island is by far the most diverse of all the Hawaiian Islands and has a wide range of activities so everyone can find something fun to do. If you are looking for an adrenaline boost you can try zip-lining, ATV rides and nature hiking. When it comes to amazing sights, Hawai’i is the sort of natural beauty you can’t get enough of. We have put this section together to help you planning your upcoming trip to Hawaii.

Airplane Tours

This can be a great trip for the whole family as the pilots are sharing lots of geographical and historical facts during the tour. You will fly you over the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, as well as Kilauea with its active lava flows.

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Atlantis Submarine

It’s a very unique experience in a real submarine. The crew is professional and very safety conscious. The trip takes you as deep as 110 feet below the surface where you see coral reefs, a huge variety of fish and even some ship wrecks.

Official website: http://www.atlantisadventures.com/kona


If you like to bikes, you can rent bike to explore Kailua-Kona and the scenic roads of the Big Island. You can visit the Kona Beach and Sports Shop located at the Kona Inn King Village or call them at 808-329-229.                                                                   

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Kona Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Hit the Kona Farmers' Market for a more fun and authentic shopping experience.  You can ogle local produce and flowers, or pick up hand-crafted gifts and Kona coffee. Intersection of Ali’i  Drive and Hualalai Roads.

Official website: http://www.konafarmersmarket.com

Honokohau Harbor (view from Bite Me Restaurant & Grill)


The Kona Coast is famous for sport fishing and giant Blue Marlin.  Bite Me Charters is rated the #1 fishing charter.  They have a fish market and restaurant at the harbor. For schedule or more information call (808) 960-2464 or visit their website.

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The Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary remains a hidden treasure worth a visit. The self-guided tour is a beautiful way to relax, enjoy the quiet of the gardens and look towards the sweeping views of the coast.

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Big Island County Club


Big Island Country Club is a hidden course 20 minutes out of Kona. It's on the slopes going up to Waimea. A cooler environment to play in with lots of wildlife on and surrounding the course. It's a beautiful  course.

Official website:   http://www.bigislandcountryclub.com

Trail going down to Pololu Valley in Kohala


The Big Island of Hawaii has some of the finest hiking trails. Our favorites are the Pololu Valley in Kohala, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach at South Point and the Captain Cook Monument trail in Captain Cook.

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Horseback Riding

Great horseback riding tour even for small children. Dahana is a family-owned working cattle ranch, and if you want to see an authentic Hawaiian paniolo, this is really perfect.   

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You can book rides at the Kona Boys rental kiosk at Kamakahonu Bay, right by the pier (fronting the King Kamehameha Beach Hotel). Kayaking is a great way to explore Captain Cook Bay which this is one of the best places to see marine wildlife.

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Manta Ray

Manta Ray Dive

The Kona coast is the best place to spot manta rays and is probably the only place in the world where people can swim with them every night when they come out to feed on plankton. This night dive is one of the most memorable dives and the best way to see them is on a night boat tour.

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Parasailing in front of Kona Reef (Bleue Roof)


Parasailing is fun and exciting! It is conducted year round in Kona and flights are offered throughout the day. If rising into the air inspires you, visit Adventure in Hawaii website for more information.

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Ancient petroglyphs at Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park


Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park field of ancient petroglyphs is less than 15 minutes North of Kailua-Kona. After enjoying these ancient carving in the lava, walk the short trail down to the beach to see the Hawaiian fishponds where green sea turtles hang out in the tide pools.

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Scuba/Snuba Diving

Hawai’i is the #1 destination for Scuba divers worldwide. Snuba diving is also a fun and safe experience for the whole family, the younger ones don’t get left behind!


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Sea Horse Farm

A not to be missed educational tour for the whole family given by Ocean Riders. This is the only seahorse farm in the world and the tour is given by the biologists caring for the conservation of the sea horses. And, you get to hold them. The farm is located near the Kona airport.

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Our daugther snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook


Honaunau Bay "Two Step", Place of Refuge is one of the best snorkeling spots in the state of Hawai’i. The coral formations are amazing and there is so much life in the water! Kahalu`u Beach Park, located right in Kailua-Kona, has lots of colorful fish and other marine life. Finally, Kealakekua Bay is teeming with wildlife, but it is only accessible by tour boat, kayak, or strenous hike.



Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a sport originating in Hawai’i as an offshoot of surfing. Stand up paddle boards offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. In Kona, KonaBoys.com are your best choice for SUP rentals.

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At 13,803 feet above sea level, it’s hard to believe you’re in Hawai’i. You will never see so many stars. Spectacular views of the horizon and the world-class array of telescopes are just adding to it. Trails & forest offers tours of Mauna Kea.

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There are lots of places to surf on the Big Island of Hawaii. The main spot in town frequented by locals is Banyans. Honl Beach, located within steps of Kona Reef Condo D-26 is frequented by experienced surfers. Kahaluu Beach dishes up some fun waves for all surfers, and, teeming with green sea turtles and other marine life, is also a popular snorkeling spot.Go to Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Keauhou if you are a beginner or if you want to take surfing lessons.

Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins

You might see dolphins while enjoying water activities but a swim with them is an unforgettable experience that leaves you with memories for a lifetime. Snorkeling equipment is generally provided to the guests aboard, but be sure to inquire about this when you book a tour.

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The Painted Church

The painted church of St Benedict overlooks the beautiful and historic Kealakekua Bay and is very near Two steps (Place of refuge) and Captain cook. It is also very close to the Pu’uhonua o honaunau national historic park (the Place of refuge). Well worth the stop!

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Tide Pools

Tide Pooling

Kona Reef Condo D-26 is located just 25 feet from the ocean.  There is terrific tide pooling and exploring in the lava rocks. When you walk along the shore during your explorations of the tide pools, you will most always see ocean critters and the resident sea turtles happily munching on the vegetation that grows on the lava rocks.



Mauna Loa and Kilauea, which are still adding land mass to Hawai’i, are two of the world’s most active volcanoes. It’s a 2+ hours drive from Kailua-Kona. You can visit on your own or book a tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail.

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This is an excellent adventure! The guides are amazing and very well trained. The sights and sounds of the forest are incredible. Each zipline and bridge are unique and brings an added twist to the tour.

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