From otherworldly volcanic craters to the alluring clear waters of the Pacific, the Big Island of Hawaii is an island of stark contrasts. Here you’ll find black, green, and white sand beaches nestled up against warm waters, providing an exciting setting for a beach vacation. And when you’re ready for a break from the beach, rugged hiking trails, chic cafes, and exciting activities await. The Big Island of Hawaii is an ideal destination for those in search of a tropical vacation, and the west coast town of Kona offers a picture-perfect place to base your stay. Here you’ll enjoy access to some of the island’s best beaches and activities, as well as a good selection of upscale Kona rentals!
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Features of Vacation Rentals in Kona
Unlike more crowded areas of Hawaii, Kona offers the more leisurely pace you would expect to find in island life. Our Kona vacation rentals offer plenty of square footage to unpack, relax, and make yourself at home. The majority of our Kona vacation rentals are private homes, making it a true island escape with no crowded facilities or shared walls. We also offer a selection of Kona vacation condos, set on well-manicured grounds and offering a host of onsite amenities to enhance your stay. These budget-friendly condos are a great way to experience the island at a competitive cost while still experiencing the fullness and beauty of island life. Experience all the best of the Islands from these upscale Kona vacation rentals!
Our vacation rentals in Kona welcome guests with flawless curb appeal, set on tropical grounds lined with palms and native plants. With true Hawaii charm reminiscent of the plantation era, many of these accommodations boast a large lanai that leads to the front door, where you can sip coffee in the morning as the first rays of light begin filtering through the palms. Inside, you’ll find that many of these homes boast an open airy floorplan, perfect for taking advantage of tropical breezes. Exhale away the stress of everyday life as you enter the spacious great room, where the living room, dining room, and kitchen all flow easily together, creating a harmonious space for daily living. Most of these homes boast an ideal blend of modern décor along with tropical touches. A full kitchen is at your disposal, complete with appliances, cookware, and plenty of counterspace for preparing and enjoying meals in if desired.
The majority of our Kona rentals range from 2-4 bedrooms, making them a great option for couples, families, or small groups. Comfortable mattresses and high-quality linens are provided, ensuring you sleep soundly throughout your vacation. Most of these accommodations offer the privacy of an en suite master bathroom, where you’ll find a spa-like setting for rinsing the salt from your hair and the sand from your toes after a day along the seashore. And with most units offering multiple bathrooms, it’s easy for everyone to get through daily routines in the mornings and evenings without long delays.
In the Big Island, you’ll quickly find that much of life is lived outdoors, especially along the west coast. With a high percentage of sunny days, daily moments such as dining and chatting with friends and family are quickly moved to the outdoors, where you can be soak up the sunshine, gather the shade of a palm, and be immersed in the area’s abundant natural beauty. In addition to the spacious sleeping and living quarters, you’ll find that most Kona homes take full advantage of the great island weather with ample outdoor living spaces as well. Extra perks such as a private swimming pool, hot tub, and BBQ area are available with select rentals. In case you can’t stand the heat, our gorgeous Kona rentals with AC are available to you as well!
Many of our Kona condos offer shared amenities located right onsite. Swimming pools, hot tubs, and fitness facilities are offered with many of our rentals. And if you plan to spend your time golfing or hitting up some of the Kona area’s best beaches, these accommodations provide convenient access to exciting things to do throughout your stay.
Top Kona Activities
You won’t have to travel far from your Kona vacation rental to enjoy some of Kona’s top activities. Land-based activities such as golfing and exploring local specialty farms are all within easy reach. And of course, the oceanfront is also the main source of activity options, from lounging along the beach to trying out new water activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding. Whether you would prefer to spend the majority of your time soaking up the sea, sand, and sun along one of Kona’s best beaches, or taking a break from beach life to enjoy some quality land-based activities across the island’s varied terrain, you will find many options for enjoying your time in Kona. Add some of these top Kona activities to the itinerary!
Soak up the Sun at Manini’owali Beach
At just a 20-minute drive north of downtown Kona, Manini’owali Beach is a great place to spend the day when you want to hit the beach. Situated just north of the Kona Airport, Manini’owali Beach is one of Kona’s must-visit beaches. Tucked into Kua Bay, this slice of white sand beach is nestled up against waters that are crystal clear and aqua blue. When the waters are calm, this is an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling. Turtles, dolphins, and other marine wildlife can often be spotted here as you join them in their natural habitat. Since there are no amenities at this beach, be sure to bring along any water and gear you will need for the day.
Stroll Ali’i Drive
Take a stroll down Kona’s main street, which is bordered on one side by the ocean and the other side by shops and restaurants. Specialty shops, boutiques, and thrift stores can be found throughout the area. A highlight for both visitors and residents is the local farmer’s market, where you will find fresh fruits and vegetables all locally grown, in addition to some specialty products sold by local vendors.
Tour a Coffee Farm
If you haven’t yet heard of Kona coffee before making your way to the Big Island, you will be familiar with its rich, full flavor before you leave. While farms and coffee plantations may not be the first thing that comes to mind when envisioning Hawaii life, Kona’s upland slopes actually offer ideal growing conditions. Rich volcanic soil, cloud coverage, and high elevation all work together to make this area ideal for growing and harvesting the coffee that is so well-known around the world. Other than picking up some Kona Coffee to be enjoyed, farms also offer a variety of activities such as informative farm tours, cupping classes, roasting lessons, and tastings. Kona Coffee Living History Farm also offers the unique opportunity to learn the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century through a hands-on experience. This working farm includes people in period dress who exhibit what life was like in the early 1900s on a Hawaii coffee farm. As you watch demonstrations and engage in traditional crafts, agricultural activities, and the everyday tasks of people from the past, the whole family can gain a better understanding of this way of life that is so important to Hawaii’s history!
Enjoy the beauty of Manini’owali Beach and other top Kona activities from the convenient location of your Kona vacation rental!
Turn your Big Island vacation dream into a reality and book your Kona vacation rental today or contact us for more information! At Venture Hawaii, we specialize in offering some of the very best vacation rentals throughout the Kona area and providing a top-notch rental experience from start to finish. Our friendly team is ready to assist in making your Big Island Hawaii vacation dreams come to life!