From ancient royalty to missionary preachers, Kailua Kona was the preferred place to be in all of Hawaii. Not much has changed since then and vacations to Kona continue to be popular owing to the Big Island's great weather, wide choice of outdoor sports and activities, and spectacular landscapes.
Can't function without a hit of caffeine in the morning? Not to worry. The strong aroma of Kona coffee will be more than enough to get you up and about, and by the time you've had your first sip, you probably won't be able to go back to your home brew ever again. Once you've loaded up on this special java, let the adventurer in you loose. You can spend every waking hour surfing, kayaking, rafting, diving, and snorkeling, or choose to explore the area's natural attractions instead with volcano tours, waterfall dives, and whale watching excursions. Cheap restaurants abound in Kona serving everything from delicious local fare to international cuisines, and scattered all around the island are reminders of Captain James Cook, the first European to reach the Hawaiian islands and introduce them to the West.