Kona -- Big Island Activities
Kona is truly a vacationer's paradise. Averaging only six inches of rain per year, you are almost assured great weather. Throw in crystal clear ocean water...now we're talking.
Now add in pristine white and black sand beaches nestled among a rugged lava coastline and you've got a unique combination found nowhere else in the world.
From South Point which is the southern most tip of the United States to the exclusive and ritzy Kohala Coast, this leeward (western) side of the Big Island is truly magnificent.
There are many Big Island activities and attractions for everyone to enjoy here...
- Deep-sea fishing
--Kona is the world capital for this Big Island activity. Every year, the biggest sport-fishing tournament, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, is held here. In these famed waters, you can catch three types of marlin, mahimahi (dolphin fish), ahi (yellow-fin tuna), and ono (wahoo).
- Kona Coffee Belt--Stop and savor some of the best coffee in the world when you do this Big Island activity. The scenic drive will take you through the coffee growing farms along highway 11 and 180. Pick up a free brochure and map at most hotels and condos.
--The calm and clear waters off of Kona make this a perfect spot for this Big Island activity or any other ocean activity like diving and snorkeling. One of the best spots for kayaking is Kealakekua Bay.
photo courtesy of Aloha Kayak
- Check out the Ironman Triathalon--Kona is host to the annual Ironman Triathlon World Championship, held on the second Saturday of October.
- Swim with Manta Rays--This is home to the famous Big Island Manta Rays. With a wing span of up to 12 feet, these incredible creatures are harmless and graceful. There are a number of companies that offer night dives to swim with the Mantas.
Enjoy this short video on the amazing manta rays...
- Snorkeling--The Big Island may be the best snorkeling island of them all. With a wide variety of locations for every level and constant excellent water quality, the novice and experienced will be happy here. Two step at Honaunau Bay (pictured below), Kealakekua Bay (home to a resident pod of dolphins), and Kahaluu are some of the best spots.
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