Kailua-Kona, HI

Travel Guide
Kailua-Kona showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sunset
“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 ¥32,398 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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! (1,749 reviews)
"We loved staying at Royal Kona resort. It is convenient and walkable to all dining and shopping activities. We had an oceanfront room and it was beautiful. The staff was friendly and room cleaning was everyday. The hotel is also near a lot of activities if you are planing to book snorkelling, Mauna ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 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
The price is ¥34,962 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Magic Sands Beach and Haleo Luau ...
4/5 Very Good! (445 reviews)
"We liked the early check-in ability even though it cost $50. Not sure if that is a necessary or reasonable fee. However, the room wasn't ready and so we were upgraded beyond expectations with an ocean view room of the first order. Very nice, thank you."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Kona Seaside Hotel
Kona Seaside Hotel
2 out of 5
75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥33,613 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
Siblings getaway..
"Staff was vey friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Location of the Kona Seaside was amazing, walking distance to a lot of the dining area, stores and bank. Mahalo Kona Seaside for a memorable family trip."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Kona Seaside 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
The price is ¥37,662 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
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! (986 reviews)
"I really liked the actual condo and the overall location of the property. Other reviewers have said this too, that the carpets need to be changed. That was definitely the case (or go straight to LVP and no carpet maybe). The condo was full of amenities and unexpected and delightful surprise of a ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Aston Kona by the Sea
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! (394 reviews)
"Beautiful view"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger
Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
3 out of 5
78-261 Manukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
The price is ¥43,062 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (321 reviews)
"Peaceful and beautiful, comfortable condos."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Kanaloa at Kona by Castle
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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