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Things to do in Kona

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From night snorkeling with manta rays, riding a para-sail boat, or visiting a restored cultural landmark like nearby Puuhonua o Honaunau (“place of refuge”) to shopping, golf, or simply enjoying the sun on a local beach, there’re always plenty of things to do in Kona. A good way to start is to stroll through this small town on the leeward side of the Big Island and enjoy its art galleries, charming restaurants, and contemporary boutiques. Find countless things to do in Kona below:


  • (808) 323-3318
    P.O. Box 1053
    Captain Cook, HI 96704
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    Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

    Labels, panels, a booklet, and guided tours (daily at 1 p.m.) bring to life the landscape of old Kona at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The Garden serves visitors, students, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, residents, and their families through its education and conservation programs dedicated to native and Polynesian-introduced plants.
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  • Bouganvillea Plaza #303
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Atlantis Submarines Kona

    Hawaii's only submarine adventure descends over 100 feet. In comfort and safety, you will dive deep into the habitat of countless, exotic sea creatures. Here, spinner dolphins, eels, and turtles mingle amidst the 25-acre natural coral reef.
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  • (808) 328-7318
    82-1140 Meli Rd
    Captain Cook, HI 96704
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    Big Island Bees

    Join our beekeeper for a fun and educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, and honey, where from behind a safe, screened viewing area, you can view an open beehive demonstration with our bees. Enjoy samples of our award winning raw and organic Hawaiian honeys.
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  • (808) 886-2011
    250 Waikoloa Beach Drive #A4
    Waikoloa, HI 96738
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    Big Island Motorcycle Co.

    Big Island Motorcycle Company rents motorcycles including Harley Davidson's, metric cruisers and sport bikes. We also offer Scooters/Mopeds, Bicycles and beach gear including snorkel sets, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and Boogie Boards. We are conveniently located in the Kings Shops in Waikoloa.
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  • (808) 331-6009
    Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille

    By the pool, the Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille offers casual, al fresco all-day American dining from 11 am to 10 pm daily. The poolside location is the perfect place to enjoy with a refreshing tropical drink while snacking on a wide choice of appetizers, watch a game at the bar or gather with friends for lunch or dinner.Enjoy the daily Happy Hour 5:30PM to 6:30PM – offering a discounted specialty drink every day, discounted domestic beer on tap and 50% off all appetizers.
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  • (808) 331-8875
    Kailua Kona Pier
    Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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    Blue Sea Cruises

    Blue Sea Cruises offers Sunset Dinner Cruises, Whale Watching, Manta Watch, and Dolphin Eco Adventures in Glass Bottom Boat cruises. Also a night time Manta Ray Swim/Snorkel from our Makai. We combine Hawaii's marine wild life, historical sites and beautiful Kona coastline with narration and live entertainment.
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  • (808) 326-7122
    75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Suite D
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Body Glove Cruises

    Daily 4.5 hour Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 3 hour Historical Dinner Cruise. Wednesday Historical Lunch Cruise and daily 2.5 hour Whale Watching Excursions (Dec-April)
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  • (808) 322-0028
    Honokohau Harbor
    Holualoa, HI 96725
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    Captain Dan McSweeney's Year-Round Whale Watch

    3-hour tours, specializing in professional year-round whale watches, learning adventures. Guaranteed sighting or come again free. Free 8z11 color whale photo. See Hawaii's abundant whales and dolphins with the people who know them best.
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  • (808) 329-3199
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #16
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Captain Zodiac

    Awarded "2006/2007 C.R.U.I.S.E. Tour of the Year" by Princess Cruises! Captain Zodiac is more than a snorkel tour; it’s a high-speed thrill ride adventure. See dolphins & whales, explore sea caves and see blowholes & unique lava formations. Captain Zodiac is entertaining, informative, and a lifelong memory.
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  • (808) 322-8000
    Keauhou Bay
    Keauhou, HI 96740
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    Dolphin Discoveries

    Snorkel/Dolphin and Whalewatch Adventures. Snorkel 2 sites, Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge. View Sea Caves and Lava Tubes. Year round dolphin and whalewatching, guided by marine mammal naturalist. dolphindiscoveries.com
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  • (808) 322-3362
    78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy
    Holualoa, HI 96725
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    Donkey Mill Art Center

    Located 3 miles South of Holualoa Village, the Donkey Mill Art Center provides on-going classes, workshops, exhibitions and artist presentations in a historic coffee mill. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm.
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  • (808) 756-3335


    Eka Canoe Adventures

    The most unique way to experience Hawaiian waters along the Kona Coastline. Onboard a Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, your experienced crew shares generations of knowledge in an old Hawaiian way, "story-telling". Guests are invited to paddle, sail or just kick back and enjoy their journey through History.
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  • (808) 322-2788
    78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Fair Wind, Inc.

    Since 1971, Fair Wind continues to be the leader in snorkel cruises on the Big Island. Fair Wind provides an award-winning trip to spectacular Kealakekua Bay, site of the Capt. Cook monument, aboard the 60' catamaran, Fair Wind II.
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  • (808) 930-4824
    Sheraton Kona Resort
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    The Flying Fish

    The Flying Fish is your gateway to Keauhou Bay and beyond. Here you'll find information and recommendations to help plan the vacation of dreams. From ocean activities departing Keauhou Bay to volcano or rainforest tours, ziplining, historic tours and more, we’ll help you find the ultimate places and experiences.
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  • 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Friends of NELHA

    Friends of NELHA (FON) is an independent, volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and outreach programs at Keahole Point, where NELHA is recognized worldwide as a unique and innovative ocean park.
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  • (808) 323-9616
    81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway
    Kealakekua, HI 96750
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    Greenwell Farms Inc.

    Greenwell Farms offers farm tours continuously from 8:30am through 4:30pm Monday through Sunday. Take an interesting personal walking tour of coffee fields and the processing facilities, enjoy free samples of various coffee products, and see a working Kona coffee farm. Learn about each stage of production of Kona Coffee.
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  • (808) 329-0580
    Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Haleo - The Voice of Life

    Haleo luau at Sheraton Kona celebrates the history of Keauhou and those who came from this area. From the birth of Kamehameha III to the surfing stories of Heeia Bay, dancers and musicians take guests on a journey through a very special time in Hawaii's history.
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  • (808) 936-5855


    Hanamana Boat Charters

    Family owned and operated since 1966, Hanamana was custom built for Kona with over-sized gunnels safe for dolphin viewing and whale watching, large cock pit for handling fish, and easy access for snorkeling and swimming. Cool, comfortable, all tackle and snorkel gear provided.
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  • (808) 324-0442
    75-5909 Alii Dr.
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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    Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors

    Native Hawaiian Lifeguards certified by the American Red Cross. Offering Surfing lessons, Stand UP Paddle or Kayak lessons and tours. Open Daily. Kona's Lifeguard Surfing School.
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  • (808) 896-1499
    73-4492 Kohananiki Road
    Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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    Hawaii Oceanic

    Hawaii Oceanic offers high quality, eco friendly ocean adventures including dolphin swims, night manta snorkels, whale watching, and Kealakekua Bay snorkels. We also offer private and semi private customized adventures for up to six persons, wedding proposals on a secluded beach, tube riding, paddle board, whatever you desire!
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