You're probably more familiar with its coffee world-renowned for its flavor and aroma, and you would be right. Kona, part of the Kailua-Kona district of Big Island's West Side, is a coffee lovers paradise, and more. Blessed with ample sunshine and warm weather, pristine white sand beaches, and calm waters teeming with wildlife, Kona also beckons outdoor lovers of all stripes.
Given its central location to the West Side’s top attractions, Kona makes a fantastic base in Big Island to enjoy your Hawaiian holiday at one of our top resorts. We have a range of Kona vacation rentals on offer to suit your needs and travel style, so start comparing the condo rentals on our list and book the best one for you to start creating long-lasting Hawaiian vacation memories.
The Kailua-Kona historic village is an immersive place to begin your adventure while appreciating Hawaii’s culture and history. The area has ties to Hawaiian royalty: In his later years, King Kamehameha retired from royal life in Kailua-Kona.
Other notable landmarks in downtown Kailua-Kona provide insight into the area’s importance with the local nobility. Browse furniture and artifacts in the former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty at the Hulihee Palace. Then explore the 200-year old Mokuaikaua Church, the first Christian church in the islands.
Kona is a happening place. Plenty of shops and restaurants satisfy your usual city cravings, and a bustling nightlife caters to the party-loving crowd. South Kona boasts of calm and clear waters thanks to the presence of Mauna Loa shielding the area from winds. This makes the ocean waters in the area inviting for diving, snorkeling, and sailing all within reach of your Kona resort or condo rental.
Marine life flock to the area's waters, in turn attracting a crowd of wildlife enthusiasts eager to swim with dolphins, spy ‘honu’ or green sea turtles, or witness graceful giant manta rays on a scuba or snorkeling expedition. Kona also hosts the yearly deep-sea fishing event International Billfish Tournament taking place in August if you happen to be vacationing on the Big Island at the time.
Kona is not short on secluded white sand beaches, with one of the closest from the downtown area located in Kekaha Kai State Park. Kua Bay is an easily accessible beach with basic amenities and coupled with its allure, one of the most visited too. The crowds here make it a perfect spot for people-watching, otherwise, pop on down from your hotel resort on a weekday to enjoy this slice of paradise all to yourself.
For what many locals consider as the best snorkeling spot on the island, head to Kealakekua Bay famous as the landing site of Captain Cook when he first set foot in Hawaii. If you like hiking, the bay can be reached on foot via a vigorous hike.
You can also come by a kayak or snorkel tour, and venture into the water for an unforgettable day out after which your Kona resort accommodations will be welcoming you home for a nice relaxing evening. Plan your trip around whale season (November through April) to witness flukes up close peeking out of the water.
North of the bay, early Hawaiian temples (‘heiau’), petroglyphs, and fishponds can be found in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. To the south of the bay is Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park which houses one of the most historically significant ‘place of refuge’ where ‘kapu’ breakers (breakers of the sacred law) can escape to, to evade punishment.
The cool upland slopes of Kona is the island’s fabled coffee-growing region thanks to the volcanic soil and frequent cloud cover. Holualoa is one of the most visited, not only for its coffee culture and coffee tours but also for its bohemian vibe. Mark your travel calendar in November and add a generous dash of festival spirit into your cup of joe when the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival energizes this side of the island.
There’s just so much to see and do on the island that you can enjoy from a Kona hotel and vacation rental. As one of the major towns on the West Side, Kona has some of the most centrally located and affordable lodging in Big Island, Hawaii. Book a Kona vacation rental today and start planning for a truly unforgettable Hawaiian getaway!
Who says you have to wait for summertime to have fun on the beach and catch some tan? Even in the middle of winter, you can still bask in the warmth of the sun and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Hawaii. This tropical paradise opens its doors all year long to anyone looking for a memorable vacation getaway.
Whether you’re planning for an adventure-filled family trip or looking for some relaxing alone time, you are sure to get that and more at The Aloha State. Plus, with the number of luxurious tropical Hawaii vacation rentals, you might not even have to venture far from your temporary home to experience the island lifestyle.
A Tropical Paradise Awaits You in Hawaii
The Aloha State is one of the top destinations that come to mind when thinking of a vacation spot. With its world-renowned beaches and picturesque sceneries, it doesn’t come as a surprise why this is the best place to go. Hawaii boasts of crystal clear waters and sprawling soft, powdery white sand beaches. The Hawaii beaches are undoubtedly some of the most spectacular in the world.
Just imagine walking barefoot along the shore with your loved one while the sun dips over the horizon. If you’re up for some adventure, the Hawaiian Islands offer perfect spots for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and more. Swim with the sea turtles, kayak with humpback whales, or ride the waves. You won’t run out of activities to try in Hawaii.
Although there’s plenty of heart-pumping activities to try in Hawaii, this tropical paradise is also a sanctuary for those who wish for a relaxing time. You will find several world-championship golf resorts with lush fairways and stunning sceneries. Swaying palm trees, vibrant tropical floras, and surreal skyscapes will greet you everywhere you look.
Combine that with the Aloha spirit and Hawaii’s relaxing culture, and you will say goodbye to all life’s stresses with this vacation. But all that won’t be possible without Hawaii’s year-long pleasant weather. With mostly sunny skies and gentle breezes blowing throughout the year, you will be able to maximize your vacation days and experience everything Hawaii has to offer.
Best Hawaii Destinations for a Memorable Vacation
Your options for a fun and memorable Hawaii vacation are endless. The Aloha State consists of several islands, each offering visitors its version of paradise. Depending on what you’re looking for in a Hawaiian vacation, some places are a better choice than others.
Hawaii’s Big Island is by far the most diverse among all the islands. With the size of all the other islands combined, it’s not surprising why the Big Island has plenty to offer environmental diversity is undeniably remarkable from snow-capped mountains, lava fields, barren grasslands, and lush forests. It’s all here.
The Big Island may have a country feel, but it’s still bustling with various activities for you to enjoy. From walking around a recent lava flow, visiting the famous black sand beach, and riding horseback in a gorgeous valley, you won’t run out of things to do. This vacation destination also offers a solid selection of world-class hotel resorts at Keauhou and excellent vacation homes and condo rentals in Kona.
As the second-largest and second-most-visited island in the state, Maui offers a balance between the high-energy big city vibe of Oahu and the untamed country life of the Big Island. It’s a popular destination for tourists who want the best of both worlds. Maui may have a busy downtown area and several tourist hubs in Lahaina, Kihei, and Wailea, but you will see very few high rises.
Maui offers an impressive variety of vacation homes, condo rentals, and hotel resorts despite its size. The island is sprawling with beachfront and oceanfront properties and private getaways at exclusive golf resorts. Because of the perfect blend of remoteness and premier attractions and activity spots, a lot of visitors choose Maui as their honeymoon destination.
Why Stay in a Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway
Although hotel rooms are nice, there’s nothing quite like renting a beachfront townhouse with your family or friends. Unlike traditional hotels, vacation rentals offer you more space and privacy. Not to mention, you can enjoy the complete amenities of a home. You can have warm self-cooked meals and even do your laundry at home.
You also get all of that for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. If you’re planning on a vacation getaway with a large group, booking one house for everyone instead of a block of hotel rooms will save you hundreds of dollars. Vacation rentals also come in a variety of styles. Whether you want to stay at a highrise condo with ocean views or a tropical home surrounded by nature, you’ll find something that will make your dream vacation come true.
Book Your Vacation Rental With AA Oceanfront
As a popular destination to unwind and experience some adventures, you need to visit Hawaii at least once in your life. To make the most out of your vacation time and experience the ultimate tropical paradise, book your stay at one of our vacation rentals.
At AA Oceanfront Rentals and Sales, we list some of the best and most coveted condos and vacation homes to make your trip to Hawaii memorable. If you need any help with booking or have some questions about the property, our team is always ready and happy to assist you. Give us a call at 1-800-488-6004 or 808-879-7288 today to plan your Hawaii vacation!