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Kona Basics

Kona

Photo: HTA/Tor Johnson

On the western side of the Big Island lies the district of Kona, which takes up about a 60-mile stretch from the airport down past Kealakekua Bay. Although there’s plenty to do in this sunny district, which averages a comfortable temperature of 75 to 85 degrees year-round, many of the activities that will make your stay on the Big Island worthwhile are a bit of a drive. But that’s sort of what the spirit of the island is all about: enjoying yourself and taking your time—even the hula and Hawaiian music give off an air of relaxation and serenity. No matter how long it may take to drive to some of the attractions, the view outside the car window will never disappoint. 

Experiences alone will drive your stay in Hawaii. Whether it’s snorkeling, diving, hiking or sunbathing, venture outside of your comfort zone to cross some stuff off our bucket list. Take a zipline canopy tour, attend a luau, kayak, learn about the Hawaiian culture and the history of the Kona area or get up close and personal with flowing lava at a volcano. Then be sure to check out the dining scene and the great local food movement taking shape in restaurants across the island. 

The nightlife scene isn’t as much about clubbing and bar hopping as it is about enjoying nighttime activities such as stargazing, night dives and snorkels and evening story telling, or enjoying a cocktail on the lanai of an oceanside restaurant as you take in the sunset over the water. 

Wherever your plans take you, expect to be greeted with the warm and friendly aloha spirit!

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