Kona Vacations

Somewhere, you’re reviewing meeting notes and planning talking points for a presentation. But Kona is somewhere else entirely. Crashing waves greet this coastal district on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island and cooled lava outlines a lush landscape with dark ripples and layers of rich natural history. There are no conference calls while you’re on vacation in Kona—unless you call up the office to show off ocean views with a decadent pineapple drink in hand…or better yet, a steamy cup of the region’s famous coffee. Whether you’re jet setting solo or planning a fun family vacation in Kona, all the waves, wonders, and wilderness waits to welcome you with a warm “Aloha.”

Top Hotels in Kona

Each of our Kona vacation packages are a bundle of savings on convenient flights and fabulous hotels. Curate your custom deals from these and other guest favorite hotels:

  • Kona Coast Resort: When you aren’t practicing your swing on one of the hotel tennis courts or relaxing in the on-site sauna, splash around in one of Kona Coast Resort’s two outdoor pools or take advantage of the nearby attractions, including Ancient Hawaiian Sites & Tide Pools. Keauhou Shopping Center and Keauhou Farmers Market are both within walking distance, and sure to have island treasures.
  • Royal Kona Resort: With a glowing, lush courtyard and patios that reach right out over the water, the Royal Kona is perfect for a romantic getaway. Host an intimate and elegant event on the rugged coastline and be the life of the after-party at the beachfront Tiki bar with cocktail tasting flights. When you do pull yourself away from the hotel, you’ll be within a mile to Hulihee Palace, Kailua Pier, and Kona Brewing Company.
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay: Stay here if you wish to fill your evenings with easy-going events and traditional Kona hospitality. Located just a short walk to the Haleo Luau site and Kona Country Club, this Sheraton puts you right on the cusp of celebration and relaxation day and night. Plus, the full-service spa offers facials, massages, and treatments to soothe.
  • Kona Seaside Hotel: Wake up to a morning walk in the gardens before sipping coffee on your sunny balcony. This is your moment to recharge before a day exploring the nearby Hulihe’e Palace State Monument and Kailu-Kona Wharf.

From Waterfront to Wilderness

Hiking to the top of a volcanic crater or lounging on the beach with a good book is priceless—and that’s exactly how you should spend at least part of your Kona vacation. On the east side of Kona, rugged Hualālai is a must-climb for experienced adventure seekers. Farther east, Mauna Kea is a more of an ambling hike and the perfect place to watch a spectacular sunrise or sunset. Rally your crew bright and early and sip a fresh cup of coffee from one of the many local roasters. You can even stop for a tour of Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation during your commute from the coast.

As for lazy beach days and pineapple-inspired beverages, you have many easy, breezy options to choose from. Around the edge of Kua Bay, Manini'owali Beach can boast of more than a fun name. Swim with dolphins and sea turtles, ride the cushiony waves on a bodyboard, or snooze on the white sand. Kona family vacations are incomplete without a day at Kamakahonu Beach. The beach is near plenty of snorkeling, shopping, and historic sites, like Hulihe'e Palace—where Hawaiian monarchs called home beginning in 1838.

Festivals and Events

Coffee isn’t the only thing brewing in Kona. Each March, craft breweries from all over the island and the mainland gather for the Kona Brewers Festival for tastings, a golf tournament, and gourmet eats. In April, sway your hips along with the joyful hula dancers at the Merrie Monarch Festival, a celebration of King David Kalākaua, who revived many of Hawaii’s beloved traditions, including hula dancing as we know it. Come November, the islands still have covet-worthy weather, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t warm up with 10 days at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival—that’s a lot of coffee.

As you’re planning a getaway, far from your desk and the controlled climate of a conference room, give into the sparkling, warm waters of the Pacific and the vibrant landscapes of the Big Island. Book your cheap vacation in Kona with Travelocity…the savings alone make this a dream trip.

Accommodation in Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona has accommodations available for any vacationer. Choose from the 31 accommodation options featured on Travelocity's Kailua-Kona lodging page.

You'll be living like royalty while on your island getaway if you book a room at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai or the Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff. Have more spending money left over for other activities when you stay at Aston Kona by the Sea or Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort.


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