Kailua Kona is on the west side of the Big Island, Hawaii. This volcanic island rises 13,796 feet (4205m) above sea level to the peak of Mauna Kea. It has the only active volcano on Hawaii and you can see the orange glow where the lava meets the ocean, giving off clouds of steam and an orange glow after dark. With beautiful landscapes and a tropical climate, Hawaii continues to be the perfect place for a self catering villa holiday in Kailua Kona.
There are several coffee plantations on the Big Island and a tour is an interesting way to learn how coffee beans are grown, harvested, roasted and ground to make a perfect cup of coffee. Sample the Kona coffee before buying some locally roasted beans. Coffee also makes a great souvenir gift to take home for friends.
The Big Island has many lush gardens and tropical plants which thrive in the warm, damp environment. Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are some of the most colourful places to visit from your villa in Kailua Kona.
Kailua Kona is a great place for shopping, particularly as it is a cruise ship port. The Kona Inn Shopping Village, Ali’i Gardens Marketplace and Coconut Grove all offer great local shopping along with the Lanihau Center and the Kona Coast Shopping Centre.
For a real taste of Hawaii, attend a beachside luau. Enjoy an evening of local dancing, singing with drummers and skillful fire knife dancers. Don’t forget to wear a colourful lei, which is the traditional garland of flowers worn around the neck in Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park - This National Park is well worth a visit with a dramatic landscape and the active volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauana Loa. See the Thurston lava tube and the Observatory there.
Hulihe’e Palace - This Royal Palace dates back to the 1800s and is preserved and run by the Daughters of Hawaii. It now houses an interesting museum and preserves the legacy of Hawaiian history and culture.
The weather is constantly warm and sunny in Hawaii whatever the season, which is why it makes such an great vacation destination. Temperatures will average between 26-29°C (79-83°F) with rain showers occasionally at any time of year. The western side of the islands are generally warmer and dryer than the windward sides on the east.
Flights to Hawaii’s Big Island arrive daily into Kona International airport from the UK, which is just 7km from your self catering apartment in Kailua Kona.