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Kailua-Kona

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

Our most recommended things to do in Kailua-Kona

Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

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

Visit the Royal Kona Resort to experience an interactive luau show celebrating the rich...

Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

2. Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the...

Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

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

Experience an exciting 75-minute nighttime snorkeling expedition. Get up close and personal...

From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

4. From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

Take the ride of a lifetime beneath the waves in this adventure aboard a comfortable...

Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Experience and BBQ

5. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Experience and BBQ

You will need to arrive at 7:30 AM for your 8 AM departure and cruise through protected...

Big Island: Kona 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

6. 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...

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

7. Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona...

Big Island: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Sail from Waikoloa

8. Big Island: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Sail from Waikoloa

Explore the Waikoloa and Kohala Kona coastline aboard a 54-foot sailing catamaran. Catch...

Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

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

Set sail along the beautiful Kona coast on a 3-hour snorkeling trip. At historic...

From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

10. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set...

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Kailua-Kona?

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What people are saying about Kailua-Kona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,176 reviews

This was one of the highlights of our trip to the Big Island. Great crew, so friendly and helpful, and the boat was spacious and comfortable. The captain gave us some interesting history as we cruised along the coast. We saw dolphins, flying fish and had a great time snorkeling. They provided breakfast and a BBQ lunch, both were great! We would do it again in a heartbeat, and wish they had an all-day trip, 1/2 day was too short!

Great experience. From the quality of the van to the professionalism of our guide, Guinevere, everything was top notch. The private lava tube, the lunch, dinner, and snacks, and, of course, the nightlife me lava lake viewing made for a day that was memorable and highly enjoyable. Good quality rain jackets and umbrellas were provided. Good walking shoes and long pants are recommended.

We had such a wonderful time! Marcus was so knowledgeable, patient, respectful, and showed us quite a few places. He answered all of our questions, and we had many. Would recommend this tour and Marcus specifically!

It blows your mind to be in the water surrounded by enormous manta ray. They bump into you and you can feel their enormous amount of power. Don’t miss it.

She was waiting for us with a sign. My wife was surprised.