We know that when you go on vacation you’re expecting to spend a bit on activities, but did you know that there are tons of free things to do on the Big Island in and around Kona? Spend the day exploring nature, immerse yourself in Kona’s history, check out local arts and crafts, or have a great day on the beach. Here’s just a sampling of the many free Kona activities and attractions to enjoy during your Kona vacation.
Go Beach Hopping
The Kona Coast boasts the most beautiful beaches and calm waters on the Big Island, and there is no shortage of them. Right in Kona town, you will find Kamakahonu Beach, Keiki Ponds (a great place for those with young children), Magic Sands Beach, and Honi’s Beach, which is a popular surf spot. Just north of Kona is Old Airport Beach and Kekaha Kai State Recreation Area, which encompasses four beautiful beaches including picturesque Manini‘owali Beach and Makole’a Black Sand Beach. Please check with the lifeguards on duty or government of Hawaii websites for the latest conditions and information on entry.
Take a Walking Tour of Historic Kona
Kona is steeped in history and Hawaiian culture, and taking a walking tour of the town is a free and fascinating way to spend a few hours. Starting at Coconut Grove Marketplace, you can work your way south and experience ‘Ahu‘ena Heiau, which was King Kamehameha the Great’s personal temple, Moku‘aikaua Church, Hulihe‘e Palace, the historic Kona Inn, and more.
Check Out Ancient Hawaiian Archaeological Sites
The Kona Coast was home to an immense population of ancient Hawaiians, and many fascinating archaeological sites pepper the region. Just north of Kona, you can visit Kaloko-Honokōhau, the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement with a massive heiau (Hawaiian temple). If you continue north on Highway 19 you will find two vast petroglyph fields, the first in Puakō and the other a bit further on in Waikōloa. The Waikōloa Petroglyph Field is one of the best-preserved on the Big Island. Numerous ancient foot trails lace the Kona area, many having been revitalized by the state.
Go Window Shopping
Kona town is chock-full of eclectic shops and art galleries. A haven for artists and craftspeople, one could spend hours just taking in the unique and creative artworks and handicrafts throughout the town. Take a stroll down Ali‘i Drive; you’re bound to see plenty of unusual displays that will stop you in your tracks.
The Kona area offers miles of excellent hiking trails through a host of environments and ecosystems. Some of the best coastal hiking near Kona town is at Kekaha Kai State Recreation area, which features an 8.5-mile loop trail that encompasses four spectacular beaches, two inland ponds, wetlands, and a cinder cone. Other excellent hikes within twenty miles of Kona are at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a State Park and Kealakekua Bay.
Even More Kona Activities and Attractions to Enjoy
This is just a small sampling of all the free things to do on the Big Island. For even more information about what to expect when you visit, contact the vacation specialists at Kona Coast Vacation today! We can direct to you all sorts of free things to do in Kona and beyond!