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Parks & nature in Kailua-Kona

Park
“This is located near the Target/Car wash area in Kona. It is a good place to take a picnic lunch for sightseeing of the ocean. Old A's features a giant parking lot (because its an old airport) with a planted community garden walking trail on the mauka side and various tide pools and sandy (rocky sand) areas on the makai side. There are definitely a few areas to wade in/enter the tide pools but it is not an open swimming area, and care must be taken due to sharp rocks and tide pool dangers (e.g. urchins, eels). There are picnic tables, pavilions (sometimes rented), and bathrooms. There is a public pool with some open swim hours, but this has been closed in 2019 for renovations. ”
22 locals recommend
Park
“Old Hawaiian village with ruins still visible. Usually turtles sleeping in the sand as you walk along the shoreline”
11 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Manta Ray night diving is an experience you will never forget. It is not scary like it seems. A must do on the island. There are many companies that offer this excursion.”
15 locals recommend
Forest
“Best place to go to find any kind of outdoor activity! They will give you a great time wether it be a hike or a nature walk in a bamboo forest! One stop shop for the avid adventurer!”
12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Kona is world famous for it's coffee so visiting a coffee farm is a must-see while you're in town. What's unique about Thunder Mountain, is the location. High above the tree-line, this coffee plantation is in one of the many different climate zones the Big Island has to offer. With a rainforest-like feel, the elevation is a break from the heat on the sunny shores of the beach. ”
10 locals recommend
Beach
“Lots to see just walking around and King Kam beach. The pier is also the starting point for the Iron Man race held in October each year.”
7 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
2 locals recommend
Garden
“Take a walk through this beautiful meadow full of fruit trees, tropical flowers, fountains, gazebos and trellises. Great spot for photos and free coffee samples at the bottom. The hike down and back can make you break a sweat, but the stunning views are worth it!!”
4 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“If you are curious about swimming with Dolphins in the wild we highly recommend Sunlight on water. We have used this company for 15 years and they never fail to deliver an unforgettable experience. They know their dolphins, they respect them and interact with them knowledge. If you book let them know Kazemaru recommended you. :) ”
3 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“There is a blue bike rental spot right here. It only cost $3.50 for 30 min and $20 for 300 minutes. You can use these minutes over several days. This can be a fun way to get around Ali'i drive. ”
3 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful cinder cone trail that goes thru ohi'a forest. Hike up to the top of the cinder cone and the view is beautiful. Wear hiking shoes and bring lots of water. Moderate hike.”
2 locals recommend