The Kona coast on the west side of Hawaii offers some of Hawaii’s finest scenery – exquisite beaches with clear Pacific waters that make for great surfing, active volcanoes and the stunning national park of Kaloko-Honokohau. The largest town in Kona is Kailua-Kona, a hugely popular destination to get married, thanks to its many romantic spots, so book your tickets to Kona Hawaii now.
In the Hawaiian language, Kona means “leeward”, indicating this part of the coastline is one of Hawaii’s driest areas all year round as it’s protected from the mainly north-easterly winds that bring rain. Hawaii’s weather is generally mild and warm all year round, with summer temperatures averaging 85F and winters of average 79F, making any time perfect to visit the Kona coast. However, in summer and winter hotels and flights can cost up to three times as much in low season, so plan your trip for spring of fall.
With regular flights to many US cities, finding cheap flights to Kona Hawaii is easy and when you book with Orbitz you have lots of options to find the best deals.
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Optimal flights to Kona from US airports include:
Ellison Onizuka Kona airport serves the Kona region and lies eight miles north of the main town, Kailua-Kona. It is also the arrival point for the holiday resorts in North Kona and South Kohala. There is a tourist information booth in the arrivals hall.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International, is the main arrival point for travelers flying into Hawaii’s Big Island. A public bus service connects the airport to downtown Honolulu and across Big Island.
Hilo International Airport, located in Hilo, is the second biggest airport on Big Island after Honolulu. It serves most of eastern Hawaii and chiefly connects to Honolulu International.
From Kona airport, taxis to Kailua-Kona cost around $25 and can be found outside the baggage claim halls. The Hele-On shuttle bus to Kailua-Kona is a limited service – check times before you fly. The airport is also a hub for Mokulele Airlines, which offers shuttle and charter flights to Big Island’s smaller airports and the outlying Hawaiian island chain. If you are flying into Honolulu or Hilo, you will need to book a connecting flight to Kona.
A shuttle service, the Keauhou Honu Express, runs along Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona’s main drag, and reaches most hotels, resorts and points of interest. It costs $2 per ride. Otherwise, car rental is the way to go as there is no public transportation in the region and taxis are very expensive.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park lies four miles north of Kailua-Kona and is popular for snorkeling and turtle-watching. The barren landscape still has the ponds used by early settlers to trap fish so they could survive. . Boat tours depart from Honokohau Harbor – choose a trip that allows you to swim with dolphins, or just spot whales or try ocean fishing.
The world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon takes place in Kailua-Kona. If extreme sports aren’t your thing, explore the town on foot to see the many historic buildings, including the former royal palaces of Kamakahonu and Huliheʻe, and Kailua Pier. The central shopping district lies on Ali'i Drive, just north of the pier.
Head 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park to see where explorer Captain James Cook was killed in 1779. It’s best reached by hiking, but a local boat ride to approach it from the ocean offers a different perspective.
Hawaii is the 50th US state so you don’t need a visa to visit.
The nearby Kilauea volcano regularly belches out vog (volcanic smog) – depending on the wind it can blanket the Kona Coast and cause respiratory problems for some people.
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