Things to do in

Kailua-Kona

Charm and character abound in this city where watersports, lively markets, and ancient Hawaiian sites are found.

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  • Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

    1. Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

    Snorkeling with manta rays is a must do while in Hawaii! Enjoy this amazing opportunity to see manta rays up close feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures. Relax and enjoy the experience with wet suits, snorkel gear, drinks, and snacks provided. Bring your underwater camera for photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

    This was the highlight of my vacation. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an amazing experience and make a lifetime memory.

  • Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

    2. Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

    Visit the Royal Kona Resort to experience an interactive luau show celebrating the rich cultural history of Hawaii with seating on the glimmering shores of Kailua Bay. Start the evening with an aloha shell lei greeting, and craft demonstrations. Soon after, feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional Hawaiian dishes made with local ingredients. Savor authentic island entrees such as honey soy braised beef, and fresh-catch fish. Be treated to Big Island flavors with sides like Hawaiian sweet potatoes, coconut rolls, macaroni, and Lomi Lomi salmon salad. Enjoy stir friend vegetables and kalua style pork and cabbage. Finish off your culinary experiences with tasty favorites like Hawaiian haupia pudding and coconut cake. Sip Mai Tais, wine, beer, and soft drinks as you embrace the local culture and radiant sunset. Then, as drumbeats build, the sensational Voyagers of the P...

    I would have loved a more traditional spread of food. we will do another after Covid:)

  • Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

    3. Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

    Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the experts on Kona’s one and only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise. This three-hour family adventure departing from the Kailua Pier is narrated by a local historian tour guide, who will reveal secrets, tell stories and share legends related to the numerous landmarks along the 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. Unwind to Captain Cook’s Monument at Historical Kealakekua Bay (only accessible by boat or hiking) with a complimentary cocktail from a fully stocked, premium bar.

    Begin your delicious dinner starting with a Mauna Loa Big Island Macadamia Nuts (Vegan/GF) appetizer. Enjoy a salad starter of Kealaola Farm mixed salad greens, Waimea grape tomatoes, Japanese cucumber, and red onion (Vegan/GF), served with a papaya seed vinaigrette dressing (Vegan/GF). Choose your main co...

    What an amazing experience it is definitely worth the money to come on this dinner cruise

  • Kailua-Kona: 2-Hour Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

    4. Kailua-Kona: 2-Hour Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

    Upon arrival at the meeting point and getting geared up, listen to a quick safety briefing before setting off on your adventure. If you do not feel comfortable driving an ATV or are under the age of 16, you can choose to ride as a passenger in a 6-seater UTV driven by the tour guide.  Kick off your tour with a drive through an award-winning coffee farm and transition into a grove of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees before entering the jungle. Drive your fully automatic ATV on groomed trails to reach Hawaii, Fiji, and Tonga where you will perform a traditional dance.

    Finally, make your way to the last island of Samoa. Learn about traditional culture, watch a coconut demonstration and taste the coconut water. Afterward, travel back down the mountain and admire beautiful views of Kailua-Kona and the Kona coast.

    This was not only a super fun ATV ride through beautiful Hawaiian landscape, but was a super fun and informative “tour” thru several Polynesian islands. The tour guide, whose name I can’t remember because I suck, was SO nice and funny. If we’d been in Hawaii longer, we legitimately might have done it a second time.

  • Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkel & Dolphin Watching Tour

    5. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkel & Dolphin Watching Tour

    You will need to arrive at 7:30 AM for your 8 AM departure and cruise through protected marine sanctuaries. Cruise ten miles down the Kona Coast to the snorkel destination, a protected marine sanctuary. Relax, you will have over two hours of water time to enjoy the marine life, underwater topography, and coral reef. Cruise in comfort! The boat’s main lower deck features a large shaded cabin with cushioned seating, tables, a premium bar, three restrooms, and freshwater showers. You won’t go hungry. Enjoy a light breakfast of tropical fruits, assorted pastries, bagels, juices, teas, and Kona coffee. While you're taking in the fun, the crew prepares lunch. After snorkeling, belly up to a full-service premium cash bar, featuring a large selection of liquors, mixes, and local brews. This boat hosts one of the only blenders on the Kona Coast. Your mask, fins, snorkel, and prescription masks ...

    My husband and I enjoyed this cruise very much. The boat wasn’t overly crowded with patrons. The crew was very capable and very attentive to the needs of the patrons. Both the breakfast and the lunch were good. Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages were plentiful. The crew provided excellent assistance to all to ensure the snorkeling and other water activities were conducted safely, We are planning to go to the dinner cruise provided by the Body Glove cruise company this week.

  • Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

    6. Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

    Set sail along the beautiful Kona coast on a 3-hour snorkeling trip. At historic Kealakekua Bay, you’ll see the Captain Cook Monument. Snorkel in pristine waters along the reef in the marine sanctuary. With your marine camera, take photos of the colorful fish, pods of spinner dolphins, and the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. Enjoy site briefings and snorkeling tips from the crew members. Life jackets, floatation noodles, viewfinder boards, masks, fins, and snorkels are all provided. The crew will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour.

    First time visiting Hawaii and I’m glad we booked this tour. My family and I had so much fun, it was such an amazing experience, and we enjoyed it so much that we booked for a second time. We are looking forward to snorkeling again before leaving Kona☹️ . Tour crew /instructors were friendly and attentive. FYI: please be nice and tip the crew members

  • Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

    7. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

    Experience an exciting 75-minute nighttime snorkeling expedition. Get up close and personal with stunning manta rays as they gracefully soar through the water. Your underwater adventure will take place in clear warm waters near protected reefs abundant with marine life.  

    After the sun sets, head off into the nighttime waters to see a fascinating "manta ray ballet" along the Kona coast near the mouth of Keauhou Bay. This point of departure is one of the island’s most successful and consistent manta ray viewing locations. Your snorkeling guide will outfit you with all the necessary gear needed to embark on your experience including snorkel gear, wetsuits, and flotation devices. After a quick safety briefing, plunge into the dark waters and be captivated by these graceful creatures as they feast on plankton.

    Grip onto the flotation swim ring with high-illum...

    Amazing tour. Saw many manta rays swimming below and up close. Tour guides were also amazing, informative and helpful. Need to be a good swimmer and comfortable with the water.

  • Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

    8. Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

    Enjoy a fully narrated adventure that starts with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and the orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue the leisurely drive and pass the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United State, then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles. In the afternoon, visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a trip around the Chain of Craters Road, for the “mountain to sea” experience. Various stops are made to view magnificent volcanic eruption, and flow sites of the past, the beautiful park coastline, and the remarkable Holei Sea Arch. In addition, your certified tour guide provides educational and insightful narrative abo...

    Guide was excellent. He had alot of knowledge of the land and history, but kept us entertained while telling the story. Couldn't have asked for a better guy.

  • Big Island: Kona 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

    9. Big Island: Kona 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

    There is a saying in Hawaii that "you never forget your first wave," and this surf lesson in Kahaluu Bay brings that saying to life, providing quality surf instruction to people of all ages and skill levels. The 2-hour surf lessons are designed to teach people how to surf safely and effectively from the best surfing and snorkeling beach in Kona, Hawaii. Upon arrival at the surf shop, you will be outfitted with reef booties and rashguards. Then, before entering the water, learn how to paddle and pop up on land, as well as important surfing etiquette and how to wipe out properly. Once you are comfortable, it’s off to the water to practice your skills on the long rolling waves of Kahaluu Bay. Your surf instructor will help you catch the waves, letting you know where you need to be, when to paddle, and when to pop up. They will even give you a little push to ensure that you catch every wa...

    Great lesson! Wonderful owner and staff. Fantastic experience. Little tip: must be able to swim to book this lesson.

  • Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    10. Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    Start your day with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where you can admire a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs that drop into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view of Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore steam vents and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along the crater rim trail. Then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, where you can spot marine life from the black-sand shore.

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What people are saying about Kailua-Kona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 720 reviews

What a great excursion! All the crew were great. They made us laugh & very attentive. I learned a lot about the island. Thank you for a great trip!

This was the highlight of my vacation. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an amazing experience and make a lifetime memory.

Fantastic excursion! Saw a lot of different species of fish. Jacob, Mike & Adam were phenomenal! Above & beyond. Highly recommend

The greeter was waiting for us as promised even though our flight arrived 4 hours late.

The young lady was super friendly, informative and pleasant