Kona, located on the big island of Hawaii, sets you right in the middle of the beauty that has made Hawaii famous. Although Kona is quite the bustling seaport and cruise port town, this island remains largely undeveloped, which means the rainforest is lush, the water is gorgeous, and the landscape is dramatic and unspoiled. You will want to check out our Kona Excursions here that are sure to show you the best of this tropical paradise.
Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States of America in 1959. Prior to that this region was a kingdom that had been united by King Kamehameha the Great. Hawaiians are remarkably proud of their unique, Polynesian history and you will have the opportunity to see just how proud through their numerous museums, sculptures, and their loving attention to the Hulihee Palace, which was once the home for the King. Check out our Kona Big Island Historical Sightseeing Excursion.
There is also the opportunity to take a peek at the monument of the first European to stop at these islands back in the 1700s and his name was Captain James Cook. Although his beginnings here on the island were both pleasant and memorable, this is also where he lost his life. Still, his monument was built to commemorate his place in history.
You will find much to do in both Kona itself, and the surrounding area, check out our Kona Shore Excursions. There are national parks where you can see temples built in centuries past as well as the chance to see ancient petroglyphs; all of this possible while on our Kona Ancient Hawaii and Northern Coast Sightseeing Excursion. You'll discover that this area has protected waters since you will be located on the wind-sheltered side of the island and that makes for great snorkeling and diving. Deep sea fishing is a favored pastime here as well as turtle spotting and whale watching.
You'll have the opportunity to relax while on a sightseeing excursion in air-conditioned comfort, or explore the lush rainforest and experience its many wonders. Sample the famous Kona coffee and take a taste of the macadamia nuts that are grown here while on our Kona Historic Coast Sightseeing Excursion. Visit the site of the annual Iron Man triathlon, or just sit back and relax on one of the beautiful beaches. In fact, the only thing that is difficult on this lovely island is determining what you would like to do. Whatever you choose, we are certain to have the perfect Kona Excursion for you.
Fun fact: The state fish of Hawaii is the humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa. Translated from Hawaiian it means triggerfish with a pig-like short snout. It is not, however, the longest Hawaiian name for a fish, which would be lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi (long-snouted fish shaped like a wiliwili leaf).