Hawaii (the big Island)
Top Ten Things

to do in Kona

  1. Visit Volcano National Park - See the live Kilauea Volcano. Drive  right into the heart of the volcano. See the steam and lava rising from the ground. It will remind you of the Mars photos.
  2. Drive to the town of Hilo - This fishing village, is also the main port. Here you can see Rainbow Falls, which is right in downtown Hilo. Also, a Banyan tree that Babe Ruth planted. There are shops, restaurants and art galleries to enjoy.
  3. Kona - Enjoy an afternoon or evening browsing among the many fine restaurants, shops and galleries awaiting you in Kona.
  4. Akaka Falls - These spectacular waterfalls drop 442 feet! They are midway between Kona and Hilo. A short drive off the main highway and you will find Akaka Falls Park. There is a trail that is less than a mile and will take you through a tropical rain forest and also by two waterfalls.
  5. Spend the day at the beach - Although the big island is not known for its beaches, there are a dozen to choose from to spend the day. Here are a couple of the favorites:  Outrigger Waikoloa Beach - A postcard picture perfect beach. Palm tree lined, and good swimming and snorkeling.  Hapuna Beach - on the kohala coast north of Kona - rated on of the best beaches in Hawaii.  Kealakekua Bay - A fine beach and great snorkeling, south of Kona.
  6. Go Deep Sea Fishing - The Big Island of Hawaii is world renowned for big game fishing. You can arrange for one of the many fishing boats in Kona or Hilo to take you fishing for Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna, Dorando, Snaapper, and many more.
  7. Tour the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory - It takes 300 pounds per square inch to break the shell of the Macadamia nut. At the Macadamia Nut Factory you will view this process as well as the making of the chocolate covered nuts that are so popular. See the mature trees on a nature walk and best of all - you get to sample the product.
  8. Swim with the Dolphins - At the Hilton Waikoloa you can actually swim with live dolphins. This experience is one people remember their entire life.
  9. Go Horseback Riding - The Big Island is full of places for great horseback riding. Dahana Ranch and Rain Forest Trailrides are both stables you can rent horses.
  10. Molokini Crater - Sail to Molokini for a day of Snorkeling, BBQ and beverages!

Note: There may be conditions and experiences that you may not be familiar with, and can be hazardous. Be Careful! You do these activites at your own risk. This list is not an endorsement of, nor an implied statement of safety of these or any other activities.

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