Destination guide

Congratulations, you've just become vacation royalty

Kailua-Kona vacation rentals have something few other holiday homes can match – the royal seal of approval. The Hawaiian king Kamehameha I liked it so much that he built his home here in the early 19th century, and now it's your turn to get the royal treatment. Kailua-Kona is the main hub for travel in this part of Hawaii, and makes a great base to explore the area. Whether you're into watersports, exploring old temples and ruins, or just enjoying fine dining and a bit of that legendary Hawaiian nightlife, it's all there for you in Kailua-Kona, Your Highness.

Things to do

Following in the footsteps of your regal ancestors

To really get to grips with royal Kailua-Kona, why not see how previous monarchs lived with a visit to the Hulihe'e Palace? This grand 19th-century property was once a royal vacation home, and these days it's a museum showcasing Victorian-era artefacts. And if you find yourself bitten by the history bug then there's plenty more where that came from. Take a visit to Honokohau Settlement in the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park – where you'll find ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings), religious sites and fishponds – then follow it up with an excursion to Kealakekua Bay, the site of Captain James Cook's death.


Hoist the colours and rule the waves out in Kailua Bay

You'll want to start by crowning yourself monarch of the ocean and carrying out a fully immersive inspection of Kailua Bay. These balmy waters aren't far off heaven on earth, and there are any number of ways to enjoy them, including sailing, snorkelling, surfing and diving. And if you fancy venturing a bit further out, then there are some real treats in store for you. Kailua-Kona vacation rentals are a great opportunity to do some whale- and dolphin-watching, and the best way is to board a local cruise boat at Honokohau Harbour. Just be sure to refer to it as 'the royal barge'.


Don't like the cold? That's snow problem here

The weather is the crowning glory of regal Kailua-Kona vacation rentals. There's no such thing as a 'cold season' round these parts, and in fact it's consistently ranked as 1 of the warmest places in the United States. There's not a great deal of rain in Kailua-Kona, and the only negative thing you might have to deal with is the occasional episode of 'vog'. A peculiar local phenomenon, this 'volcanic fog' comes courtesy of the sulphur dioxide emitted by Hawaii's most active volcano, Kilauea, and it occurs from time to time if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.

Natural highlights

Say aloha to Hawaii's wonderful west coast

There's nowhere in the world quite like Hawaii. On the west coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Kailua-Kona looks out onto the Pacific, and the waters of Kailua Bay are populated by most of the cast of Finding Nemo, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles and rays. Though western Hawaii has a reputation for volcanic activity, Kailua-Kona's local volcano, Hualalai, is fortunately among those considered less likely to get riled up. You'll notice that there's a lot of coffee-growing going on in the surrounding countryside, which presumably means that they'll whip you up a morning brew fit for a king.

How to get there

How to get to and around Kailua-Kona

Fly into Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), which is 21.1 mi (33.9 km) away.

Where to stay near Kailua-Kona?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,541 holiday rentals near Kailua-Kona. From 798 Houses to 2,018 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kailua-Kona is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kailua-Kona?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kailua-Kona:

  • Keauhou: 1,842 holiday homes
  • Kahaluu Bay: 693 holiday homes
  • Opihihale: 160 holiday homes
  • Kona Palisades: 184 holiday homes
  • Kohala Estates: 33 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kailua-Kona?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kailua-Kona. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Swing Zone: 2,272 holiday rentals
  • Big Island Country Club: 3,485 holiday rentals
  • Magic Sands Beach: 2,276 holiday rentals
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: 2,640 holiday rentals
  • Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation: 3,353 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kailua-Kona listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kailua-Kona?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 798 Houses in Kailua-Kona. Our other popular types of Kailua-Kona holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,018 holiday houses
  • Villas: 183 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 75 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kailua-Kona?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 2,884 holiday homes with pool available in Kailua-Kona. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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