Kailua-Kona is an incredible place to vacation. While the beaches can provide seemingly endless entertainment for your family or group, going on an organized tour can enhance your experience and give you a new perspective about the culture of the area. With the vast variety of Kona tours available, it is impossible to get bored in our beach home! Whether you are looking for a Kona ATV tour, an introduction to surfing with a local, or a magical night snorkeling trip with mantas, we hope this guide will help you narrow down your search for the best Kona tours.
1. Kona ATV Tour at Aloha Adventure Farms
Come take a Hawaiian ATV tour at Aloha Adventure Farms where we offer the only adventure of its kind in Hawaii! Here you get to immerse yourself in the culture of Hawaii and Polynesia! (ages 5 and up) You will travel through the jungle with majestic ocean views visiting different villages that represent Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa. At each spot, you get to play games, taste local foods, and learn about the culture in a fun hands-on approach. The tours are small and crowd-free! Perfect for all ages, if you don’t want to ride an ATV then enjoy the tour care-free while a guide transports you in a UTV.
2. Polynesian Wood Carving Tour with Aloha Adventure Farms
Come take a unique and one of a kind tour with Aloha Adventure Farms carving your very own unique Tiki souvenir. Sit at the carving hut overlooking the beautiful Kona Coast under the mango tree with the master carver and learn from the very best! This is an activity that may sound daunting but it for EVERYONE! We have people of all ages and abilities successfully carve their tiki to take home. Everyone has fun doing this. Not only do you learn how to carve but laugh along with the carver (he’s so dang funny) and learn what it was like to grow up in Tonga. Wood carving in Hawaii is an experience you’ll never forget, guaranteed! It’s a rare opportunity, only found here at Aloha Adventure Farms!
3. Experience the Magic of the Ocean with Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
For a fantastic day on the water check out Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii. They offer everything from whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling at Captain Cook (one of our favorites), or manta ray snorkels (a must-do)! You can’t go wrong with anything they have to offer!
4. Learn to Surf with Kona Town Surf Adventures
Go surfing in the beautiful cool Hawaiian waves! Surfing can seem daunting, especially for a newbie! So grab a pro like someone from Kona Town Surf Adventures and have a safe yet tubular experience!
They operate at Kahalu’u Bay, the perfect place for beginners, yet even experienced surfers love to hang out there. They offer group lessons ($99), semi-private ($124), and private lessons ($169).
5. Guided Tours & Rentals with Kona Boys Beach Shack
Check out Kona Boys Beach Shack located on the beach of the King Kamehamea Hotel (Courtyard Marriott) in the heart of Kona. Head out on a guided snorkel, stand up paddleboard, or canoe tour or rent some kayaks and take them out for a ride! They also offer gear for rent if you’re interested in doing your own thing. (And if you’re tired after all the time in the sun, rent a beach chair, grab a shaved ice from inside the hotel and sit down to relax!)
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There are numerous options for excursions in Kona, Hawaii and we know it can be overwhelming. Let us know if you want advice about how to get the most out of your trip to Kona! We also have resources to help you plan your Kona vacation, see the Big Island with kids, and execute the best Big Island Hawaii road trip itinerary.