Introducing Kona Coast
So alluring is this part of Hawaiʻi, it's not surprising the vast majority of visitors base themselves along this stretch of coast. From ancient Hawaiian royalty to royally ancient tourists, the Kona Coast was, is and probably always will be the Big Island's most popular playground. Air and water temperatures are deliciously warm year-round and the crystal-blue ocean combined with continual sunshine are undeniably addictive. Kayaking and snorkeling one day, lazing on a white- or black-sand beach the next, exploring sacred Hawaiian sights and visiting an organic coffee farm are just some of the options around here. Head to the north for the picture-perfect beaches and to the south for the lush, green coffee belt with loads of outdoor activities and hidden gems.
North Kona Coast
Dropping from the lush Kohala Mountains where cows graze on tall green grass down to the sere North Kona Coast is a shock. Interminable lava fields blanket this forbidding coast, but penetrate those fields and you'll be snorkeling with turtles, walking on black sand and experiencing an iconic Kona sunset.