Hawaii, more than many other places, is a land of dreams. It has stunning landscapes that have been featured in everything from Hollywood films to “Wish You Were Here” postcards. It has legendary adventure sports like hiking, surfing, and fishing. Yes, Hawaii truly stands out, and there is one island in particular that is special. On the western side of the Big Island, you'll find Kailua-Kona, or simply Kona, as the locals refer to it. Here you'll find everything Hawaii is famous for, like the rugged peak of dormant volcano Mauna Kea and the sparkling waters of King Kamehameha Beach and Mahai'ula Beach. You’ll also find friendly faces and plenty of excellent conversation. But to truly get in on the laid-back island lifestyle, you need to be able to get where you want, when you want. You need Kona rental car deals.
Leave Your Cares Behind in Kona
From the moment you arrive at the breezy Kona International Airport (KOA), you'll feel completely at ease, and the amazing array of rental cars in Kona will only further that feeling. It’s just seven miles into town from the airport, and you’ll find plenty to explore there. However, you’ll surely want to see the entire island—it is only 75 miles from one coast to the other. If you're a coffee fanatic, head south from Kona to the Kau District, where you'll not only find some of the world's finest coffees but also some of Hawaii's famous black sand beaches, as well as breathtaking Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Nature lovers can take their Kona rental cars east toward Hilo for a visit with friendly forest creatures at Hilo Forest Reserve, or a glimpse of the majestic Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park.
Where to Stay in Kona
Kailua-Kona is a relatively small place, but the coastlines to the north and south outside city limits are generally included when people mention “Kona.” With Kona car rentals, you’ll have no problem exploring, even if you want to stay all the way on the north shore, at the luxurious Hilton Waikoloa Village. South of the city proper, you’ll find an adventurer’s paradise in the coves and beaches of Keauhou Bay, and plenty of accommodation options as well. Dream of the next day’s waves at Kona Coast Resort or enjoy a bit of luxury at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, where you can observe graceful manta rays in the wild right from the hotel’s on-site restaurant. But if you’ve been hearing about the incredible dining that’s happening in town, you may want to stay right in the middle of it all at Royal Kona Resort. Rent a car in Kona and start touring the foodie scene—from Da Poke Shack, one of the top-rated restaurants on Yelp!, to local brews at Kona Brewing.
On a Hawaiian getaway, the Big Island is your oyster—you just need the perfect set of wheels to explore it with. Browse the best selection of cheap Kona car rentals on the web right here on Travelocity. And after you've explored its four corners, you will bid farewell to this island paradise with memories that will last a lifetime. Mahalo.