Kona Airport is one of the two airports located on Hawaii, the other being Hilo Airport. Due to its location on the western side of the island however, Kona Airport is mainly used by visitors travelling to Kailua-Kona or the resorts of the North Kona and South Kohala districts.
What is There to Do in Kailua-Kona?
The Kona Coast stretches 64km along the west coast of the Big Island. With many historical sites, beautiful beaches, pristine bays and lava fields criss-crossing the landscape, there is a lot to see and do. North Kona has some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches on the island.
Go snorkelling with manta rays. Many local companies offer night trips when they are more active. Along the coast there are also plenty of opportunities to go whale and dolphin watching either from on-land observation posts or on boat adventures.
Embark on a Volcano Helicopter Tour which will take you over the islands, stopping off to view active and extinct volcanoes. For those wishing to take it a bit easier, why not opt for a hot air balloon tour instead?
The nearby landscape offers a number of outdoor activities from hiking, cycling trails and climbing paths in the nearby state parks, also heading over the volcanic landscape; to zip lining, canoeing or rafting at sea or in one of the many coves and rivers.
There are also a number of options for taking cruise tours around the island along with the chance to do some deep-sea fishing in the Pacific.
Day Trips on Hawaii
Visit Hilo which is only a short drive away in your rental car. Either drive across the island or take one of the coastal roads. Take a trip to the Boiling Pots, Rainbow Falls and Panaewa Zoo for starters.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the southern side of the island and is certainly a highlight of a trip here. Here you will find two active volcanoes; Kilauea, which is arguably one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, which takes the claim as the world's largest sub aerial volcano. Uncover the beauty of these mammoth natural sites during a day trip.
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge’s Upper Maulua Unit of Hakalau Forest is open to the public for wildlife-dependent activities such as hiking, bird watching and photography. Hop in a hire car and away you go!