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Kailua-Kona
Travel Guide

“E komo mai Kona!” That means “Welcome to Kona!” in the native Hawaiian language, and you’ll hear it a lot when you escape to this fabulous tropical rock in the Pacific Ocean. Where is Kona, anyway? It’s on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii, and it’s a perfect destination for your next trip. Why? Because Kona holidays will get you lei’d the second you walk off the plane.

Things to Do in KonaSince you’re on an island during your Kona holiday, and islands are surrounded by water, jump in. Reserve a spot on a charter boat for a swimming adventure with dolphins that will knock your swim fins off. You’ll be able to swim alongside the gentle marine mammals and see how they operate in their natural state. Just be careful—they’re known to be very playful.

When you’re done frolicking in the deep blue sea, use your lastminute.com.au Kona car hire and head to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to see what an active lava spitting mountain looks like up close. Next, stop by the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum to learn about the history of scientific exploration on the slopes of Kilauea.

Shopping, Dining and NightlifeThe city centre is a great place to do your island shopping. Take a walk, bike ride or drive down Ali’i Drive and visit as many shops as you can. Everything from high-end stores to cute souvenir shops are spread out along this oceanfront strip. Pick up a set of koa wood bowls, brightly coloured aloha shirts and a melodic ukulele. Don’t want a ukulele? Well, one of your friends back home will. You need to bring them some presents, after all.

Are you ready to stuff your face with some of the finest food in the islands? If you’re debating whether or not to buy a Hawaiian shirt, do it over a traditional plate lunch of lau lau, kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon, rice and poi. There’s more to this plate lunch, but you’ll have to spend a holiday in Kona to find out what else. Don’t forget about the Kona Farmers Market that’s held Wednesday through Sunday, where you can sample 100 percent Kona coffee and a fresh poke bowl.

You’re on holiday, so you definitely deserve to let loose for a night or two. Any one of the major resorts in town have lobby bars that turn it up when the sun goes down. Kona Brewing Company beers are local favourites, but when you visit Hawaii you’ve got to suck down a couple of mai tais and lava pits.

What’s NextWhat are you waiting for? Pack your thongs and cozzie and get the heck out dodge. Browse through lastminute.com.au’s selections of Kona packages to book a hotel and flight together in order to save big bucks for other activities. One of our Hawaii holiday packages is bound to be perfect for you!

Top Hotels in Kailua-Kona

Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort
3.5 out of 5
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is CA $221 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hulihee Palace and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Magic Sands Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,563 reviews)

"Loved the lagoon, but they need a kiosk-type bar nearby."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Royal Kona Resort
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
Free cancellation
The price is CA $249 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Kailua-Kona, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamakahonu Beach, Kailua-Kona Wharf, and Swing Zone. Hulihee ...

4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"The art and museum pieces on the ground floor was a welcomed surprise. The pool restaurant/bar staff was phenomenal. The room was a comfortable oasis after a fun day at the small beach and pool. Being connected to an ABC store and coffee shop was very convenient. The Shaved Ice place was closed but ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
4 out of 5
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is CA $241 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Keauhou Bay Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and Magic ...

3.9/5Good! (1,020 reviews)

"The staff at the Keauhou Sheriton resort and spa are truly amazing. Joe, in particular, continues to amaze us with his warm welcomes and outstanding customer service. He takes very good care of my family and I. Which is one of the main reasons why we always choose the Sheriton when in need of a little ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kailua-Kona

Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
3 out of 5
78-261 Manukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is CA $283 per night from Mar 27 to Mar 28

Situated by the ocean, this condo resort is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Keauhou Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kahalu'u Beach Park and Magic Sands Beach. Haleo ...

3.6/5Good! (276 reviews)
Extremely Nice!

"It was really nice. Much too big for me. I loved the waves crashing on the lanai. It was a very healing experience."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2021

Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
Kona Reef Resort
Kona Reef Resort
3 out of 5
75-5888 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI

Located in Kailua-Kona, this beachfront condo building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Honl's Beach and Kailua-Kona Wharf. Swing Zone and Magic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (133 reviews)

"Really beautiful, relaxing setting, convenient location near local restaurants. The condo was clean and came with all necessary amenities. Very quick response from desk concerning brief wireless outage. Polite service. The bed was very uncomfortable like a giant pillow case stuffed with pillows. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2021

Kona Reef Resort
Aston Kona by the Sea
Aston Kona by the Sea
3 out of 5
75-6106 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI

Located in Kailua-Kona, this beachfront condo building is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Honl's Beach, Magic Sands Beach, and Kailua-Kona ...

4.3/5Excellent! (924 reviews)

"Great location and views from the balconies- plan to stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2020

Aston Kona by the Sea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kailua-Kona

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 21, 2020

I just love the village, small-town feeling of this place. It has all the usual amenity close-by. Yet, the beaches, so many different shapes/styles of them within 10 minutes of driving distance. It is just wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 17, 2020

Beautiful and friendly place

4/5 - Good

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Feb 28, 2020

Good weather on this side of island...be careful to lock car as items do get stolen on Ali’i drive downtown

4/5 - Good

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Feb 24, 2020

Greatest place lots of spunk

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 21, 2020

I love Kailua Kona! Love the Mokuaikaua church. They will be celebrating 200 years very soon! Wish I could be there for it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Relaxed friendly community with all the amenities. Enjoyed Fosters Kitchen and Broke My Mouth Grindz. Access to groceries with Costco, Walmart and Safeway

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