Free Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii

Free Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii
Guided tours and expensive activities such as manta ray dives can be fun when you are visiting Kona, but there are plenty of things to see and do that don't cost a thing. With Kona's beautiful natural surroundings, azure blue waters, incredible marine life and unrivaled geological features, a plethora of memorable adventures are yours for the taking.

Discover Ancient Petroglyphs

The rugged pahoehoe lava of the Big Island reveals ancient symbols of Hawaiian civilization carved in the form of petroglyphs. Near Keei Beach in South Kona, a petroglyph depicting the sinking of a Spanish ship in the 1500s is inscribed in the lava near the sand parking area just north of the beach.

Drink Water from a Coconut

Green coconuts fresh off the tree provide a refreshing and nutritious tropical drink. Hikers along the shoreline will appreciate low-hanging trees from which they can easily grab a green coconut, use a pocket knife to dig out an opening, and drink its natural water.

Observe Manta Rays

While chartered manta ray dives can be an expensive proposition, visitors wanting to witness these beautiful sea creatures in action need only go to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa's Crystal Blue lounge. From above the lanai, lights shine down on the surf, attracting mantas within easy viewing distance.

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 930-4900

Go Kona Coffee Tasting

With 600 boutique coffee farms in upcountry Kona, an array of free coffee-tasting opportunities await at every turn. A drive along Mamalahoa Highway through Holualoa, Kainaliu and Captain Cook reveals many roadside stops where samples of Kona coffee are served. Some farms also offer free tours. Look for the signs.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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