Kailua-Kona

Travel Guide
Kailua-Kona
“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 Kona

Since 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 Nightlife

The 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 Next

What 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!

Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort
3.5 out of 5
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
The price is CA $286 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
CA $286
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,686 reviews)
"Amazing view from room. Dining was understaffed and unfriendly, would not take reservations so with exception of luau we dined off the property and there were many choices walking distance away."

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2022

Royal Kona Resort
Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $343 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
CA $343
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Haleo Luau and Keauhou Bay Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (569 reviews)
"The customer service was wonderful!! The room (especially the bathroom) was old and worn, but very clean so that makes a huge difference. I will definitely stay here the next time I visit Kona!"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2022

Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
The price is CA $478 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
CA $478
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"very close to the airport/ dining and grocery. Easy access to the freeway"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
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.
Aston Kona by the Sea
Aston Kona by the Sea
3 out of 5
75-6106 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Great view and staff."

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2022

Aston Kona by the Sea
Kona Reef, A Raintree Vacation Club Resort
Kona Reef, A Raintree Vacation Club Resort
3 out of 5
75-5888 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Stay at this 3-star condo in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (208 reviews)
"The location was excellent and the room was clean We enjoyed the ocean view and the beach park next door."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2022

Kona Reef, A Raintree Vacation Club Resort
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
3 out of 5
75-6040 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Stay at this 3-star condo in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (402 reviews)
"A room was incredibly clean and safe. We really enjoyed our time here."

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2022

Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
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

4.6
Top destination
5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
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

Verified traveller
Mar 17, 2020

Beautiful and friendly place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller
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

Verified traveller
Feb 24, 2020

Greatest place lots of spunk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
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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