The Kona Coast
Kailua-Kona town is the visitors center for the Kona Coast region. The town is located just about midway down the west coast and seven miles south of Kona International Airport at Keahole via the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway. Kailua-Kona has a number of significant adventure activities and attractions. It's the place to be on the Big Island.
From Kona, there is easy access to the numerous Kona coffee farms and mills where you can sample a complimentary cup of Kona brew and learn about Kona's famed coffee industry. The small up-country town of Holualoa on the old Mamalahoa Highway 180 is a colorful art colony with numerous art shops, studios and galleries in the old buildings lining the narrow, winding main street. There are also attractions like Kailua-Kona's Hulihee Palace on Alii Drive and Ahuena Heiau.Then there are Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook's Monument, about 12 miles south, Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, 20 miles south, numerous old heiau (temples) and other historic sites and beaches along the Kona Coast. Keauhou Bay, Kailua Bay and Honokohau Harbor are busy boating centers for snorkel/dive cruises, sailing cruises, deep sea fishing charters, rafting and submarine excursions and parasailing adventures.
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The Big Island is one of dramatic contrasts with lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls in the east, the coffee plantations, crystal waters and golden sands of the sun-blessed west and the macadamia nut orchards and is home to the only active volcano in the islands. Not to be missed, a tour of Volcanoes National Park, where an 11 mile drive encircles the still active Kilaueau Crater and for the experience of a lifetime, fly by helicopter over red hot lava flows. Finally, a must visit is Dolphin Quest for a swim with the Dolphins.