Kona is the biggest city on The Big Island, and thanks to the mountains that block out tropical storms, the city is a famously dry, sunny paradise, even by Hawaii standards.
Hawaiian royalty once made their summer homes here, and you can still visit the wealth of historical and cultural sites in and around Kona to get a feel for the past. To really get to know the island, pick up your Kona airport car rental and head to the sparkling beaches, jungle-covered mountains, and stark volcanoes for the trademarks of a Big Island adventure.
Direct your Kona car rental through the colorful tourist tangle to these notable sights, where beautiful scenery and culture converge.
Built out of lava rock in 1838, this unique palace represents the Westernized shift made by Hawaiian royalty, and showcases both European artifacts and spears from Kamehameha The Great.
Just on the outskirts of Kona, this beach is a well-known spot for snorkeling in the placid, shallow waters. It’s a sure thing that you’ll meet a sea turtle and schools of friendly fish.
Learn about the history and culture of Native Hawaiians at this beachfront park, where you hike through a lava field to a black sand beach to explore tidepools and petroglyphs.
Book your Kona car rental on Turo to make the easy shift from beachside to mountaintop.
Start your trusty Kona car rental and head up to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, to watch showers of sparks fly into the ocean off the craggy coastline.
It’s a gorgeous drive across the island in your Kona car rental, to this black sand Hilo beach, where you can swim in spring-fed pools and snorkel with sea turtles.
This verdant, historic river valley is home to Hawaii’s longest waterfall, taro farms, and a dramatic vista from the 2,000-foot cliffs. Steer your Kona car rental to the Hamakua Coast to explore.
Take this route at the Hawaii Volcano National Park in your Kona car rental for glimpses of fresh lava flow, petroglyph sites, and the dramatic 4,000-foot drop from crater to coast.
Take Highway 137 in your Kona car rental through tunnels of trees just off the Puna coast until Isaac Hale Beach Park, where the road was cut off by lava flow.
Head south in your Kona car rental to pick up Highway 160 in Captain Cook and ribbon your way through the lush green forests where farmers grow coffee. Catch Highway 11 back up to town.