Offering plenty of adventures and activities guaranteed to give visitors the thrill of a lifetime, Kona, Hawaii, is especially popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Miles of hiking trails, stellar snorkeling spots, fascinating archaeological sites and extreme sports are just some of the myriad offerings in this jewel in the Pacific.
Paddle to the Captain Cook Monument
The site where British explorer Captain James Cook met his death in 1779, the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay is defined by a tall obelisk near a small bronze plaque that lies underwater and marks the site where the seafarer was stabbed to death by angry Hawaiians. The area has become a popular destination for kayakers, who enjoy traversing the bay where spinner dolphins and other marine mammals frequent.
Located at the south end of All'i Drive in Keauhou-Kona, archaeological remnants of Old Hawaii await hikers wishing to learn more about Hawaiian history. Among the historic sites include a royal holua slide once used by royalty for sledding and warrior burial grounds from the battle of Kuamo'o that took place after the overthrow of the old Hawaiian religion in 1819.
Snorkle by an Ancient Temple
A popular snorkel spot in Kona also happens to be in the shadow of an ancient city of refuge. Known as Two-Steps, the snorkel area of Honaunau Bay beckons visitors with its calm waters and plethora of tropical fish. Two-Steps gets its name from two natural steps in the lava that led snorkelers and swimmers into the azure blue waters. Parking is free along the side of the road.
Help Out an Ironman
Every October, the Ironman World Championships comes to Kona, Hawaii. Beginning and ending in Kailua-Kona, the grueling event encompasses a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Hundreds of volunteers help make this a world-class event. If you are in Kona in October, volunteers are always welcome.