Destination guide

Taste wild and rural Hawaii from Kona Coast vacation rentals

If the stereotypical Hawaiian seaside mega-resort doesn't appeal to your beach bum sensibilities, set your sights at Kona Coast. Kona Coast offers a taste of the Hawaii of old, before the invasion of hotel chains and supermalls. Here you'll find secret coves, secluded artists' enclaves, forest-covered hills, vast lava deserts, and hectares upon hectares of coffee farms. The looming presence of the Mauna Loa and Hualalai volcanoes add a thrilling sense of living on the edge. Staying at Kona Coast vacation rentals with family and friends lets you walk the Hawaii's wild side.

History

The Big Island is a major seat of Hawaiian heritage, and many of these historic sites are only a short distance from Kona Coast. In Kailua itself, there's Hulihee Palace, the 19th-century Victorian splendour that served as home to Hawaiian royalty. Near Kona Airport is Kaloko-Honokohau Park, the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement. South of Kailua is Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook, the first British explorer to set foot on Hawaii, met his end at the hands of Native Hawaiian warriors. And there's Puukohola Heiau, the temple built by Hawaii's great unifier, King Kamehameha I.

Activities

Get an outdoor fix from your Kona Coast vacation rental

On the water and on land, Kona Coast is wild country, so remember to pack your sense of adventure when you head to your Kona Coast vacation rental. On the water, you can go snorkelling and see colourful fish in coral reefs. Or you can don your scuba gear and spend the day with turtles. If you're a hardcore diver, don't miss the chance to go on a night dive with manta rays. On land, you can hike or bike through Kona's lava fields near Volcano Village. You can also explore the petroglyph fields in Pukao and Pu'u Loa near Kona.

Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Kona Coast

Travelers speak highly of Kona Coast for its snorkeling. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 87°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Kona Coast

Kona Coast is famous for its island views, volcano viewpoints and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Kona Coast. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (24.4 mi / 39.2 km)
  • Hapuna Beach State Park (16 mi / 25.7 km)
  • Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
  • Queen's Bath (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Hualālai (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
  • Manini'owali Beach (6.7 mi / 10.9 km)
Transport

Dust off your driving license for your Kona Coast vacation

You need your own wheels to get around comfortably from your Kona Coast vacation rental. A rented car or motorbike can take you far on the Big Island. Kona Coast does have public transit buses and privately-run shuttle services, but their routes are limited to Kailua-Kona's major shopping hubs. You'll find rental cars aplenty in Kailua and at Kona International Airport.

Food & drink 

Be spoilt for choice from your Kona Coast vacation rental

Eating is a pleasure in Hawaii, and Kona Coast is no exception. Step outside your Kona coast vacation rental, and you'll have a wealth of culinary choices before you. You can taste the world from first-rate restaurants in Kailua, or you can venture into traditional Hawaiian cuisine with its bold flavours, fresh ingredients, and Japanese influences. You can start your day with starchy poi, a Hawaiian breakfast staple, lunch on rice topped with generous heaps of ahi poke, and dine on lomi salmon come evening. Don't forget to taste Kona's world-famous coffee and chocolates.

Essential info

Fast facts for your Kona Coast vacation rental holiday

Kona Coast lies on the western side of Hawaii's Big Island. Formally known as the Kona District, Kona is divided into 2 distinct areas: North Kona and South Kona. Its largest town and main commercial hub is Kailua-Kona. English is the official language in the district, though it's common to hear a smattering of Japanese and Native Hawaiian. The US dollar is the currency, and major credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping 15–20% is customary if you're eating or drinking out.

Where to stay near Kona Coast?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 3,760 house rentals near Kona Coast. From 958 Houses to 2,009 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kona Coast is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kona Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kona Coast. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Big Island: 4,612 vacation rentals
  • Kailua Kona: 3,519 vacation rentals
  • Waikoloa Beach Resort: 534 vacation rentals
  • Waikoloa Village: 1,415 vacation rentals
  • Kona Alii: 26 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kona Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kona Coast?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kona Coast:

  • Kailua Kona: 3,519 rentals
  • Waikoloa Village: 1,415 rentals
  • Hilo: 600 rentals
  • Puako: 1,412 rentals
  • Captain Cook: 2,066 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Kona Coast?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Kona Coast are:

  • Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA): 3,056 home rentals
  • Waikoloa Heliport (WKL): 1,583 home rentals
  • Upolu Airport (UPP): 228 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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