The Kona coast is one of Hawaii's top destinations for adventure seekers, and boasts outdoor recreation as varied as snorkeling and scuba, whale-watching and bird-watching, Zodiac adventures, rock climbing, and even a tour of Volcanoes National Park. For those truly inspired to push the limits of strength and endurance, the city of Kailua-Kona serves as host every year to the original Ironman Triathlon.
Those looking for a little rest, relaxation, and even pampering to go with their adventure will find much to enjoy in Kona as well. The village of Holualoa offers chic art galleries, boutiques, and unique brews of Kona coffee. The area is full of ways to experience Hawaiian culture, food and drink - from a visit to the town of Hilo to a wine tasting bike tour.
The landscape offers astonishing beauty and variety, including tropical jungles, white and black sand beaches, deserts, active volcanoes and snowy peaks, all within several dozen miles of each other. Visitors can also view the whole island from above on an awe-inspiring Big Island helicopter tour.