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Kailua-KonaUnited States of America

“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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
CA $237
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Kona Country Club. Kahalu'u Beach Park is 2.1 mi ...

3.9/5Good! (2,770 reviews)

"We visited during the time when most things were closed. Appreciated the fact we had the pool, food to order, store and the ocean view room"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 3, 2020

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort
3.5 out of 5
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
CA $226
per night
May 6 - May 7

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (5,029 reviews)

"The common areas (bar, walkways and breakfast/dining area) were beautiful and fully functioning for the most part due to COVID-19. Pool was awesome but the lagoon has sea urchins which made us avoid use after discovering. Sad as we really wanted one of our party to experience the lagoon on his first ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 26, 2020

Royal Kona Resort
Kona Coast Resort
Kona Coast Resort
3.5 out of 5
78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI

Located in Kahaluu Bay, this golf resort is within a 15-minute walk of Keauhou Shopping Center and Kahalu'u Beach Park. Magic Sands Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,301 reviews)

"We liked being away from the busy parts of Kona-Kailua and yet there was a shopping center right up the street. EVEN when everything had to close down, the staff were excellent and tried to accommodate us. We'll be back."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2020

Kona Coast Resort

Popular things to do in Kailua-Kona

Kahalu'u Beach Park
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Kahalu'u Beach Park

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Snorkel with tropical fish and swim with sea turtles at this great dive location.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Discover ancient Hawaii at this historic settlement.

Kua Bay
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Kua Bay

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Get off the beaten track to discover one of Hawaii’s most serene stretches of coast.

Top activities in Kailua-Kona

Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Small Group Tour
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Small Group Tour

98% of travellers recommend
CA $267
Per adult
Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure
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Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

84% of travellers recommend
CA $328
Per adult
Sunset and Moonlit Manta Snorkel Trip
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Sunset and Moonlit Manta Snorkel Trip

92% of travellers recommend
CA $163
Per adult
Kona Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Kona Underwater Submarine Adventure

90% of travellers recommend
CA $175
Per adult
Catamaran Cruise & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
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Catamaran Cruise & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

88% of travellers recommend
CA $228
Per adult
Haleo Luau at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort
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Haleo Luau at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

76% of travellers recommend
CA $158
Per adult

Reviews of Kailua-Kona

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
125
5 - Excellent 66.84491978609626%
4 - Good
46
4 - Good 24.59893048128342%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 6.951871657754011%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 1.0695187165775402%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.5347593582887701%

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