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5 Ways to Enjoy Kailua-Kona

Take a cruise to Hawaii’s Kailua-Kona Island for an unforgettable experience. Explore a host of adventurous activities.

By Cruise Booking Team

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The port town of Kona on Hawaii's Big Island is an excellent starting point for all of your activities and sightseeing excursions while on a Hawaiian cruise. This spectacular place exudes Hawaiian culture, while the surrounding waters are home to pristine coral reefs and a plethora of fascinating aquatic life.


Furthermore, the lush volcanic slopes surrounding Kona will provide gastronomic gems ranging from tropical fruits to some of the world's best coffee.

Are you still wondering what to do in Kona during your Hawaiian cruise vacation? Here are five of the best things to do in Kailua-Kona.

The best places to visit in Kailua Kona

1. Kealakekua Bay is a perfect destination for snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of Kailua Kona's top attractions in Kealakekua Bay.

Kealakekua is a marine sanctuary 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona with abundant coral and tropical fish. The warm climate and clear seas are home to innumerable marine species, including spinner dolphins, making it a popular snorkeling and diving spot.

2. Kohala Waterfall Adventure

One of the best things to do in Kailua-Kona is to go for a thrilling waterfall adventure in Kohala. Hiking through Kohala's lush countryside, passing plantations, streams, and forest regions to reach the waterfalls is part of this adventure. The last of the seven waterfalls is the most impressive.

A picturesque drive along Kona's North Coast is an ideal place to kick off your tour. Then go for a walk along Kohala Ditch Trail, fed by the waterfalls. It is one of the most breathtaking Kailua Kona activities.

3. Swim with Wild Dolphins

Swimming with pods of dolphins in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a cruise holiday to Kona. Choose the Wild Dolphin Swim tour, and travel by Zodiac down the Kona coast, where you can see endless pods of spinner dolphins.

Rent some hiking equipment and have your lunch on the go on this unique hiking experience. Enjoy a swim afterward to cool yourself off.

4. Submarine excursions of coral reefs

You can explore coral reefs and observe fascinating aquatic species in Kona without ever getting wet. Take a ride on the Atlantis Submarine, which takes you over 100 feet below the surface and allows you to peer through big windows into the world beneath the seas. It is among the wonderful things to do on Kona Big Island. Skilled guides pilot this air-conditioned submarine, sharing their extensive knowledge throughout the adventure.

5. Coconut Island

Is a beautiful beach, park, and picnic spot in Hilo? The park here is a popular spot for swimming, BBQs, picnics, and community events. A bridge connects this small island with the big one.

Are you ready to take a cruise to Kona?

Whether it is a family cruise, a romantic trip, or a simple gateway with friends, you are guaranteed to have a memorable time in Kona. Visit and compare ships and itineraries to find your perfect Hawaiian adventure.

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