The Port of Kailua Kona lies at the base of the Hualalai Volcano. Kailua Kona is the chief western city on Hawaii island. Today, the Port of Kailua Kona is known for outstanding sunsets, the best coffee, rewarding sport fishing, and amazing snorkeling. The Port of Kailua Kona is home to the annual Ironman Triathlon World Championship and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.
Protected from northeasterly trade winds by the Hualalai Volcano and neighboring mountains, the Port of Kailua Kona is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine each year and limited rain. The temperature change from day to night is greater than the change from winter to summer. Temperatures range from an average high of 31°C (88°F) in August to an average low of 19°C (66°F) from January through March. The Port of Kailua Kona gets a little over 11 inches of precipitation each year, but its humidity is usually somewhere between 50% and 80%. Fog is common.
Located about 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the Port of Kailua Kona, coffee lovers will want to visit the Bayview Farms, the producer of 100% pure Kona coffee. Bayview tours allow visitors to see the complete process of producing fine coffee. Open every day from 9am until 5pm, visitors can enjoy fantastic views of Kealakekua Bay from their gazebo. The drive from the Port of Kailua Kona to the farm, while a little narrow, is a scenic trip through lush vegetation and coffee farms. Bayview Farms is not on a well-traveled tourist path, so visitors can roam around the farm and buy some of the best fresh coffee available anywhere.
Surfers and travelers interested in local culture will enjoy a trip to the Port of Kailua Kona's Kona Surf Adventures. In addition to offering surf lessons, cultural classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays present great information on local language, culture, and geography.
The Port of Kailua Kona's Kahaluu Beach Park is a great place for snorkeling family outings. While it is often crowded, the beach has access to some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island. The waters off the Port of Kailua Kona are usually calm and filled with beautiful corals and dozens of fish species. You can swim with schools of fish and with green sea turtles. Underwater photography is very popular here, although ocean swells sometimes make the water too murky for photos. This Port of Kailua Kona beach has many shade trees and facilities that include restrooms, showers, a pavilion, concession stands, gear rentals, and a local bar and grill.
Jacks Diving Locker in the Port of Kailua Kona is a favorite place for night diving and for viewing big Manta Rays. The Port of Kailua Kona's complete snorkel and dive facility, Jack's offers daily boat trips, dive and snorkel training, and quality dive and snorkel gear. Jack's four boats take passengers to the area's best dive/snorkel locations.
Located in the Port of Kailua Kona's Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures (WHOA) offers a unique experience aboard Hawaii's fastest Navy SEAL boat, the Ocean Warrior. World-class free-divers and experienced underwater photographers lead the trips. Built for the Navy SEALs, the Ocean Warrior was for a time the fastest and most maneuverable vessel in the US Navy. It offers access to secluded remote sites.
One of the most popular experiences in the Port of Kailua Kona is the Kona Submarine Adventure and Island Breeze Luau. Frequently sold out, the adventure starts with a 35-minute submarine ride on an Atlantis submarine that reaches depths of up to 30 meters (100 feet). Travelers get a unique view of the natural coral reef and its resident marine life. In the evening as the sun sets, the Island Breeze Luau begins. The all-you-can-eat luau opens with a traditional Imu ceremony and then offers great food, Fijian and Maori war dances, fire knife dances, and fun that continues after the luau. After the meal, participants enjoy an open bar and Polynesian arts and crafts.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Kailua Kona by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.