Itineraries: One Day in Kona

By Karen Rose
View from breakfast at the Coffee Shack.  Photo:  J. Stephen Conn.

View from breakfast at The Coffee Shack. Photo: J. Stephen Conn.

Only One Day in Kona? No Problem – We’ve Got You Covered

When it comes to fun activities and perfect weather, you can’t beat Kona on the Island of Hawaii. From coffee farm tours to night snorkeling with manta rays, there’s something for everyone. With so many things to choose from it’s impossible to do it all in one day, but if one day is all you have, be sure to check out some of these all-time favorites!

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Morning Activities

The Coffee Shack.  Photo:  J. Stephen Conn.

The Coffee Shack. Photo: J. Stephen Conn.

Start your day in South Kona with a lovely breakfast at the Coffee Shack in Captain Cook. Arguably, the best view on the entire island, this quaint little stop may be small on size, but their coffee is big on caffeine. After you fuel up, morning is the perfect time to visit one of the many coffee farms in South Kona. Choose from dozens of farms that offer tours and stroll the grounds in the cool morning air while learning about how this delicious, world-renowned coffee is produced. If coffee isn’t your thing, cruise down the hill to Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture on this beautiful 180-acre park, which was once a refuge for ancient Hawaiian taboo breakers.

Afternoon Activities

Snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach Park, Kailua-Kona.  Photo:  Vlad Butsky.

Snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach Park, Kailua-Kona. Photo: Vlad Butsky.

After your morning jaunt through coffee farms and national parks, head north and cool off in Kahaluʻu Bay, one of the island’s most popular snorkeling spots. Right of Aliʻi Drive, it’s easy to access and has on-site snorkel rentals. Snorkeling in the waters around Kona offers colorful fish, beautiful coral and clear, warm water. The tropical sun and ocean are great for building up a thirst and appetite, and one of the best spots to satisfy those cravings is Kona Brew Pub in Kailua-Kona, home of Kona Brewing Company. Sample some local beer brewed right on site while relaxing on their outdoor patio.

Evening Activities

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Manta Night Snorkel. Photo: Hawaii.com member Rebecca.

For adventurous water lovers, you won’t want to miss the famous Kona Manta Ray Night Dive or Snorkel. Arguably one of the most memorable experiences, not only in Kona but in the world! These ‘gentle giants’ have wingspans of up to 20 feet or more and, although they look intimidating, are very friendly. If you prefer to stay dry, Body Glove Cruises offers the only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise in Kona. Learn all about the history of the Kona Coastline and enjoy a gourmet dinner in Kealakekua Bay. There’s nothing like a Kona sunset view from the middle of the ocean!

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