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The Beautiful Kona Coast of Hawaii

Ahu ena Heiau

Join us on the beautiful Hoku Nui, our 50-ft catamaran for a sail out to a snorkel or manta ray tour.  As we sail out to the tour location you can enjoy the beauty of the blue, crystal clear waters of the Kona Coast.

The Kona Coast is approximately one-third of the west coast of the Big Island and is about 40 miles long.  On the west-side (leeward), Kona Coast starts at Anaeho’omalu Bay (Waikoloa area) to Manuka Park (Ka’u).  The waters are protected from wind due the Mauna Loa resulting in calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling, diving or any other water activity.

The west coast of Hawaii has much history and culture of Hawaii.  King Kamehameha spent his later years in Kona.  The Kona Coast is also home to Kealakekua Bay, famous snorkeling spot and the home of the Captain Cook Monument which is a tribute to Captain James Cook who arrived in Hawaii first in 1778.

A little south of Kealakekua Bay in Honaunau, is the “place of refuge” Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park where those who committed ‘kapu’, breaking a universal code of law, could find refuge after committing their crime.  A little north of Kailua Kona is the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic park, a 1160-acre park including many petroglyphs and fishponds showing the early life of Hawaiians.

The Kona Coast has much to offer with it’s beauty, water activities and history!


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