Plan Your Dream Vacation on the Kona Coast
During your stay at Holualoa Inn, you can enjoy all of the wonderful activities and adventures that the Big Island has to offer. From swimming, sailing, and snorkeling at pristine beaches to whale watching cruises and deep-sea fishing, the choices for a fun-filled day on the Kona Coast are endless. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help you plan a daily itinerary that’s just right for you. They can assist you with reservations and visitor information, too.
Roam about as you may, you are never more than 26 miles from the coastline. Simply pick your color -- white, black, gray, or green sand
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area just south of Kawaihae on Highway 19. White sand, good conditions for swimming, boogie boarding, sunbathing, snorkeling, and seasonal surf. Large restrooms with showers, picnic pavilions, plenty of parking, good snack bar.
Kauna`oa Bay white sand, just north of Hapuna on Highway 19. Generally great conditions for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling, with public restrooms and showers. Enter through the gate at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, ask guard for beach parking pass.
Anaeho`omalu Bay Beach Park six miles south of Hapuna on Highway 19. A pebbly beach, a great place for active ocean lovers to play - glass bottom boats, kayaks, hydro bikes, boogie boards, snorkeling, scuba, sunset sailing, windsurfing, seasonal whale watching, and the Whale Center by Ocean Sports. Restrooms, showers, large parking lot, picnic areas, and lots of fun.
Holoholokai Beach Park small, beautiful beach park with parking, restrooms, showers, and barbecue grills. Not a sandy beach, yet a beautiful place to explore tidepools, to look for shells, and to snorkel.
Near Kailua-Kona look for White Sands Beach Park about 4 miles south of town on Ali`i Drive. Restrooms, showers, and lifeguard stand, limited parking. Farther south, Kahalu`u Beach Park for good snorkeling, seasonal surfing, picnic pavilions, restaurants, showers, lifeguard, parking, and concession stands.
One of the Big Island's best black sand beaches is Punalu`u Beach Park near Pahala, at the far south end of the island. Small boat ramp, fish pond, shady picnic spots, restrooms, and showers.
Experienced hikers will enjoy the trek to amazing Green Sands Beach, glittering with olivine crystals. A 4-mile hike across rugged terrain, no facilities or water are available. Call ahead 974-4250 for access information across private property. Commercial ATV tours available.
beyond the beach
Deep Sea Fishing - Kona Hawaii Fishing
The geography of the Big Island makes Kona the Sport Fishing Capital of the Pacific. Five huge mountain masses protect the Kona Coast from winds, resulting in sea conditions that are usually as calm as a lake. The steep slope of the ocean bottom puts the deep sea sport fishing within a short distance from the shoreline. Just three miles straight out of the harbor, it's over 6,000 feet deep. Six species of billfish roam the Kona Coast along with six species of tuna, dorado, wahoo, several species of shark, and a wide variety of big-game bottom fish.
Dolphin and Whale Watching - Body Glove Cruises
The Kona Coast on the west shore of the Big Island of Hawai'i offers some of the best whale watching in the world. Watch, listen, and learn to appreciate from trained researchers. Knowledge and real experience makes a difference for the better in your whale watching adventure. See brilliantly colored tropical fish, endangered sea turtles, and wild dolphins amid the gorgeous coral reef gardens at Pawai Bay, a protected marine preserve.
Jet Skis and Wave Runners – Hawai'i Active
Jet ski the beautiful blue waters of the South Pacific off Kailua Kona. Beginners and experts alike will experience the thrill of speed and splashing water as you ride safe and easy-to-operate wave runners in the tropical waters.
Sailing - Kamanu Sailing Charters
Kona's only daily sailing vessel, "Kamanu" is a custom 36-foot catamaran built for speed and comfort. She's 22 feet wide, making for a large stable platform with an expansive "trampoline" or webbing net up forward on which to lie. Soak in the sun, relax in the shaded open air cabin, or just watch the ocean glide by you. The thermally generated winds on the Kona Coast are generally in the 10-15 knot range.
Scuba Dive - Kona Honu Divers
Kona offers spectacular coral and reef fish diving – but nothing compares to the night dive with the Manta Rays. After completing a late afternoon dive, relax on board enjoying fresh fruit, cold water, and juice. Return to the same location after dark where large lights draw in plankton, which attracts the Manta Rays. Divers sit on the ocean floor and watch the Mantas perform their acrobatics.
Boasting the most pristine coral reefs in the United States, the warm Hawaiian water of the Kona Coast is a snorkeler's dream. Hundreds of species of reef fish, turtles, dolphins, eels, and Manta Rays have been identified along our leeward shores. Most of the dive and dolphin/whale watching boats offer packages for snorkelers as well. For a private snorkeling experience, bring your own equipment or rent from the inn.
Surfing Lessons - Ocean Eco Tours
Learn to catch the perfect wave and hang ten - our ultimate goal of getting you up and riding waves on your very first day. All classes are taught by professional, safety-certified, open water instructors. Interact with Mother Nature in her environment as you learn about the sea and Hawaiian waters. All classes are held in mild crystal clear surf to ensure your surfing experience is safe, fun, and educational. Small classes - 8 persons max - give you plenty of time to catch waves.
Private lessons available.