The Kailua Kona Coast rests on the west side of the The Big Island. There are so many things to do on The Big Island. People come to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches year round. We will review the best snorkeling spots and the Country Club Villas condominiums, give underwater photography tips, shopping ideas, and sightseeing trip plans.
We visited Kailua-Kona during the Ironman Triathlon race. We watched the exciting start of the swim portion of the race and made it to close to the end of the running portion of the race. See our photos of the race and learn what to expect if you attend next year. More Kona Coast Information.
Visiting Volcano National Park was the highlight of our Big Island vacation. In addition to hiking out to watch the lava flow into the ocean, we saw steaming craters, tropical birds, and wild orchids. We hiked across relatively recent lava flows, through a lava tube, and through a rain forest.
Learn how to make the most of your visit to Volcano National Park, including tips on what to expect regarding the weather, what to wear, and where to eat. More Volcano National Park Travel Information.
Hilo is the center of commerce, on the eastern side of the Big Island. Many visitors are now flying into Hilo on ATA, and it is the perfect jumping off point to visit the Puna and Volcano areas.
Because it has less sun and more rain than the Kona side of the island, Hilo attracts fewer tourists. That is a shame because Hilo and the surrounding area are beautiful and full of relaxing and exciting activities. More Hilo Vacation Information.
As you travel north out of Hilo along the Hamakua Coast, the highway towers above the rocky coastline and rough seas. Stop along the way at the Laupahoehoe Point County Park for a up-close and personal view of the waves crashing onto the volcanic rocky shore.
At the north end of the eastern side of the Big Island lays the Waipi’o Valley. One look and the visitor can see why this is a sacred place of the Hawaiian People. Travel into the valley to experience it’s scenic beauty. More Waipi’o Valley Vacation Information
The Kohala Coast lays beneath the shadow of the Mauna Loa volcano to the east and north of Kailua Kona. The northwest side of the Big Island of Hawaii is blessed with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and tropical breezes. Add warm ocean water – perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling – the Kohala Resorts Area offers so many of the things to do on the Big Island all in one place. This is where you will find the whitest white sand beaches and the most expensive hotel rooms on the island. More Kohala Resorts Area Information