26 Best Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii Story

By Alli Sewell

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Introduction

26 Best Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii Story

Hawaii, United States, is consistently ranked as a top travel destination due to its breathtaking...

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Thing to do 1

Explore Kealakekua Bay

Adding a trip to Kealakekua Bay to your Kailua-Kona itinerary is a must! Located on...

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Night snorkel with manta rays

Snorkeling with manta rays is something you must absolutely do while in Kona. The manta...

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Discover Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

A list of Kona activities wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of the...

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Dare to swim with sharks

The waters around Kona are home to a vast array of marine life, including sharks....

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Visit Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Popularly known as the Kona Seahorse Farm, Ocean Rider has been working since 1998 to...

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Find humpback whales on a whale watching tour

Kona is the ideal place to spot humpback whales. Whales tend to be in the...

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Hike around Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is an incredible park in Kona. The park offers a range...

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Shop at the Kona Farmers Market

If you're looking for the best things to do in Kona, visiting Kona Village Farmers...

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Adventure up to Mauna Kea Summit

Mauna Kea Summit is a dormant volcano, reaching 4,207 meters above sea level. The volcano’s...

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Treat yourself to a dinner cruise around Kealakekua Bay

This memorable historical dinner cruise will see you set sail down the Kona Coast to...

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Taste delicious Kona Coffee

Kona is well-known for its coffee, simply called Kona Coffee. The area is also home...

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Shop and eat along Ali’i Drive

Ali’i Drive is one of Kona’s main streets. This bustling area is filled with shops,...

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Go swimming with dolphins

Kona’s waters are home to beautiful dolphins, and while visiting the island, you can swim...

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Check out Kona's breweries

Kona has a few fantastic local breweries to check out. Kona Pub & Brewery is...

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Explore under the ocean on a submarine

Have you ever wanted to see into the depths of the ocean? Then you have...

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Experience a Hawaiian luau

A luau is a Hawaiian event that incorporates music, hula and other dancing, and incredible...

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Kayak to the Captain Cook Monument

Visiting the Captain Cook Monument is a popular activity in Kona. But why not kayak...

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View Kona from above on a helicopter tour

Kona is fantastic to explore on foot, but it’s also incredible from above. Seeing this...

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Go on a glass bottom reef tour

If diving or snorkeling isn’t your thing, but you want to view Kona’s marine life,...

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Experience the paranormal on Kona’s only haunted ghost tour

While many Kona activities focus on the area’s stunning natural scenery, this one focuses on...

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Learn how to surf

Kona offers many outdoor activities to try, and learning to surf is one that must...

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Interact with octopi at Kanaloa Octopus Farm

There are various aquatic creatures to see in Kona, and the octopi at Kanaloa Octopus...

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Tackle the Hidden Craters Hike

This fun activity will see you exploring volcanic caves and craters while also taking in...

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Chill out on Manini’owali Beach

Also known as Kua Bay, Manini’owali Beach is found near Kekaha Kai State Park. The...

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Visit a vanilla orchard

The Vanillerie is a vanilla orchard that allows guests to explore the farm and learn...

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Relax on Makalawena Beach

Makalawena Beach is another incredible beach on the Kona Coast. To enjoy the beach’s transparent...

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Conclusion

Conclusion

While less well-known than some Hawaiian towns and islands, Kona is an excellent place to...

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