Kekaha Kai State Park (Kona Coast State Park) Tours

Kekaha Kai State Park (Kona Coast State Park)
With much of its coastline covered in jagged black lava rock, Kona is not well known for its beaches. However, a few locales offer the unspoiled white sand oases that typify Hawaii, including the palm-lined stretches at Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park. The best beachy parts are located more than a mile down a bumpy road through the remnants of a jumbled lava flow. Signs calling stretches “unimproved” are an understatement. Hualalai Volcano, looming behind the park, oozed these paths to the sea between the late 1700s and 1801. To truly appreciate the ocean dip awaiting you (and to satisfy many rental car agreements), hike the 1.6 miles in instead. When you arrive seaside, the small facilities—including limited parking, toilets, showers and an on-the-beach picnic area will be straight in front of you. But, to get to the larger stretches of white sand, you’ll need to continue on, turning right at the signs before the toilet blocks to reach Mahai’ula Bay. Here, it’s not uncommon to spot sea turtles, and the bay’s offshore rolling waves make this a fun spot for bodyboarding, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. For an even more secluded spot, follow the trail behind the old buildings at the north end of Mahaiula to the double-arched Makalawena Beach. 

Kekaha Kai State Park’s 12-acre grounds also feature access to a 4.5-mile coastal jaunt to Kua Bay along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, including the Puu Kuili cindercone with sweeping shoreline views.

Practical Info

Kekaha Kai State Park (Kona Coast State Park) is located off Highway 19 north of the Kona Airport between mile markers 90 and 91. Visitors with smaller vehicles should park where the pavement ends shortly after the turn off and hike in— be sure you have adequate water and sun protection. 4WD vehicles can attempt the road and park closer to the beach. The park is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Note that the nearest equipment rentals (snorkel, surf gear) are shops in Kailua-Kona.
Address: Hwy 19, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA 96740, USA
Hours: Open daily 8am-7pm
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise

Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Big Island Parasailing Experience

Get a bird’s-eye view of the Big Island on a 1-hour parasailing experience. This family-friendly adventure can accommodate one, two or three people on each flight. Gaze out at the beautiful Kona Coast as you soar 800 feet (243 meters) or 1,200 feet (365 meters) into the air. Then land smoothly and safely back on the boat before returning to shore.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$95.62 USD
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Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling

On this Kealakekua Bay snorkeling adventure, experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in the crystal-clear waters off Kona. You’ll head to one of Hawaii’s best snorkeling spots to swim with tropical fish above colorful corals in a protected turquoise cove. Later as you cruise along the volcanic shoreline, look for lava tubes and sea caves, turtles. Throughout the excursion, expect to see wildlife splashing in the water — in the winter months, you could even spot breaching Humpback whales. Groups are limited to 14 people, ensuring a personalized experience. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$159.02 USD
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Hidden Craters Hike

Discover two things Hawaii's Big Island is famous for—java and volcanoes—on an off-road Kona Coffee and Craters Tour. Hop aboard a 4 Wheel Drive van for a breaktaking ride up the side of Hualalai volcano. You'll pass giant craters and among both rainforest and lunar landscapes climbing 6,000 feet to explore an incredible lava tube on foot. Afterward, spend some time at one of Kona's renowned mountain coffee plantations where you'll have an opportunity to sample the local product.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$185.00 USD
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

Take the ultimate snorkeling and sailing trip along the Kona Coast during this 4-hour luxury yacht trip with a small group. Explore the stunning beaches and bays of the Big Island aboard a high-end boat, stopping at top snorkel sites and spotting marine life like dolphins, turtles, and whales. Unlimited refreshments, plus snorkel gear and a tasty picnic- or bento-style lunch are also included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$420.77 USD
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Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience a whopping two full hours of jaw-dropping aerial views, and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$750.00 USD
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

The Kona coastline is an aquatic playground that's filled with possibility, whether it's snorkeling with manta rays, searching for dolphins, or watching whales in winter. For an exclusive, comfortable, and private way to explore the Kona coast, this rugged, catamaran-style boat is perfect for small group excursions—since the itinerary and activities are completely catered to only you and your group. Along with a professional, knowledgeable captain who can recommend fun-filled activities, experience a private charter in Kona that you and a group of up to 24 people are sure to never forget.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$1,100.00 USD
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