While staying in Kailua-Kona, you can enjoy the great beaches, go shopping, and enjoy the local nightlife. The Hawaiian town has it all! Besides, there is a lot more to discover on the Big Island, where the town is located. Renting a car will give you the freedom to discover the island on your own terms.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Kailua-Kona is now a lively seaside town that is the commercial and touristic center of West Hawaii. Kailua-Kona is located along the shoreline of Kailua Bay and up the southern side of the Hualalai volcano. This makes it an ideal location for hikers, surfers, and beach enthusiast. Kailua-Kona offers some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling. In any case, Kailua-Kona is an important destination for avid athletes as it is the start and finish of the annual Ironman World Championship triathlon.
For more active adventures, go snorkeling during sunrise at King Kam beach on Alii Drive. Alternatively, book one of the many tours that are offered in town. Then visit Alii Drive itself as it is the oceanfront downtown street and one of the popular attractions in Kailua-Kona. Enjoy some of the world-famous Kona coffee while winding down after a busy day. Watch the sunset at Kailua Pier.
Kailua-Kona makes a perfect home base to explore this side of the island. During the day, you can take your car and explore the Kona Coast’s beaches and go snorkeling, surfing, or enjoy some other water sports. You can drive out to the best hiking trails on the island or visit the ancient Hawaiian sites.
Some of the popular attractions around the island are Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, tide pools (there is one at Kahalu'u Beach Park), and, of course, all the beaches. Besides the beauty of nature, there is also a lot of history found on the island. You will pass many churches, temples, and palaces, for example. Do not hesitate to pull over!
As mentioned before, Kailua-Kona is an ideal home base to explore the island. Make it easy on yourself and rent a car, so you do not have to book all the tours to see something of the island. We at Orbitz offer low rates and rental car classes for everyone, whether you are looking for a compact car or an SUV.