Home to multi-colored beaches, active volcanoes, the highest peak in Hawaii, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and diverse ocean wildlife, the Big Island is a nature-lovers paradise. Teaming with outdoor adventures, there are many more things to see in Kona than the beach.
Currently Closed: Stargaze on Mauna Kea – Things To See In Kona
The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station is located at 9,200 ft of elevation, halfway to the summit. They offer a free stargazing program on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. High-tech telescopes are available for use and knowledgeable volunteers give a star tour, pointing out visible objects with a laser pointer.
Take a Whale Watching or Dolphin Tour
Humpback whales migrate from Alaska to warm Hawaiian waters each year from November to May, with peak sightings between January and March. Taking a boat tour geared toward whale watching is an excellent opportunity to see these gentle giants up close. Hawaiian spinner dolphins can be seen year-round from boat tours, or occasionally while snorkeling in deeper waters. Try snorkeling at Hōnaunau Bay or Kealakekua Bay for experienced swimming with dolphins.
Explore Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is home to the active Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, one of the most iconic things to see in Kona. Explore trails alongside steam vents and crater rims in this unique geographical area. Get an aerial view by taking one of the helicopter tours on offer from Kona or Hilo. Catch a glimpse of the 8-mile river of frozen lava and newly created black sand beaches and craters from this active volcanic site.
Explore the Big Island’s Multi-Colored Beaches
White sand beaches usually grace the ads for Hawaii, but the Big Island has diverse coastlines that many travelers are unaware of. Papakolea Beach on the island’s southern tip boasts sand with an otherworldly green hue. Punalu’u Beach, also located near the southern tip, was created by lava flowing into the ocean and is the most famous black sand beach in the state.
At Kona Coast Vacations, we have over 210 vacation rental properties available and have been matching travelers with their ideal rental for over 11 years. The majority of our properties are located along the Kona Coast and Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island (Big Island), putting you in perfect proximity to the island’s best nature and wildlife activities. For more information about the best places to stay or things to do while on the Big Island, please contact us at (808) 329-2140 or 1-877-322-2407, and book one of our beautiful rentals today!