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Many of the finest Hawaiian Resort Hotels are located along the Kohala Coast in the Waikoloa and Keauhou beach area. Many people remark how the landscape between Kona and the resort area of Kohala resembles a Martian look with red volcano rock and not much vegetation.
Kona probably has the best name recognition of the Big Island cities. Kona Kailua has restaurants, shops, art galleries and historic landmarks.
Play golf on championship courses, fish for big game, go shopping or relax and enjoy the finest Hawaiian resorts and the best weather in Hawaii
Visit Volcano National Park - Probably the number #1 sightseeing attraction is Kilauea Volcano National Park. You can Drive right into the heart of the volcano, most of the time. You can walk right out the perimeter of the volcano to see the steam and lava rising from the ground. It will remind you of the Mars photos. Simply take Highway 19 North out of Kona/Kohala all the way to Hilo. You will make a right onto Highway 11 in downtown Hilo and this road will take you right to Volcano National Park. The trip is 115 miles each way from Kohala.
Note: Those with respiratory problems might want to consult with their Dr. prior to going, as the air is kind of nasty.
Drive to the town of Hilo - This fishing village, is also the main port. In downtown Hilo you can see beautiful Rainbow Falls. This Banyan tree lines waterfall is right in downtown Hilo. Also, for you baseball fans, see a Banyan tree that Babe Ruth planted. In Hilo you will find shops, restaurants and art galleries and the famous fish market to enjoy.
Akaka Falls - These spectacular waterfalls drop 442 feet! They are midway between Kona and Hilo right off of Highway 19. A short drive off the main highway and you will find Akaka Falls Park. You will turn right off the highway and signs will direct you to thr park. There is a trail that is less than a mile and will take you through a tropical rain forest and also by two other waterfalls. Definitely a must see.
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.
Kona - Enjoy an afternoon or evening browsing among the many fine restaurants, shops and galleries awaiting you in Kona.
Swim with the Dolphins - At the Hilton Waikoloa you can actually swim with live dolphins. This experience is one people remember their entire life.
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.
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, Dorado, Snapper, and many more.
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.