While in other destinations around the world the arrival of fall means the sad goodbye to summer, sunny skies and warm weather march on in Hawaii. Fall is a beautiful time to visit Kona, with the intense heat and crowds of summer gone but with temperatures still plenty warm for beach days. Fall in Kona means access to all the best island activities as well as additional seasonal activities that crop up around the island in the spirit of the autumn season. Keep in step with this fall Kona travel guide with all the best ways to enjoy a Kona fall vacation!
Kona Fall Festivities
Get in the seasonal spirit with your favorite fall beverage or a jaunt through a pumpkin patch, even while vacationing on the Big Island! If fall is one of your favorite seasons for all of the festivities it brings, you will find many of your favorites even right amid the warm days and swaying palms. The Big Island is known for its many coffee farms located in the highlands near Kona, and coffee lovers will want to be sure to taste test their way through the many flavors that are grown and processed right on the island. The famed Kona Coffee’s pumpkin spice coffee will be just the beverage to keep your fall spirits high! For a Halloween experience, plan a road trip to Paʻani Ranch on the island’s east coast. In addition to offering horseback rides and ATV adventures, this working farm also hosts a yearly Halloween event that includes a pumpkin patch, concessions, and farm animals.
Aside from fun things to do in Kona, Hawaii that will get you in the fall spirit, a variety of other special events occur on the Big Island throughout the autumn months. The Ironman World Championships is held yearly at the beginning of October. While this event can only be entered with qualification, it is an awe-inspiring athletic event to watch as a spectator. Test and sip your way through the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held at the end of October, where foodies will be in their element. If the perfect cup of joe is more your speed, The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is held at the beginning of November, an event perfectly geared toward coffee lovers.
Kona Weather in the Fall
The beginning of fall in Kona sees little change in temperature, with days continuing on warm and tropical, just as in summer. Temperatures gradually begin to drop into the upper 70s and lower 80s by the end of October. In late fall, some evenings dip into the upper 60s at night, so it is a good idea to bring along a light jacket for your evening walk. The rainy season begins in November and stays until March. However, even rainy days in Kona tend to pass quickly, with short refreshing showers that do not tend to intrude on the day’s plans. Kona truly is a destination that sees warm, mostly sunny weather year-round, making outdoor activity options a favorite!
Fall Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii
Temperatures may be dipping sharply in other parts of the world but fall remains a great season to hit the beach in Kona! Hawaii is known for its world class beaches, and you will find a wide range of options for soaking up the sea, sand, and sun in and around Kona. The beaches here are varied and exotic, with postcard perfect white sand stretches, exotic black sand crescents, and even a mysterious green sand beach! Take your time discovering your favorite beach, hopping your way through Kona’s best slices of coastline. From the shoreline, it is easy to access water sports such as surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, swimming, and stand up paddle boarding.
The slightly less intense temperatures of later fall also make it a great time to explore some of the many hiking trails around Kona. Planning a day trip to Volcanoes National Park will put you in the vicinity to admire breathtaking scenery and explore a myriad of trails. Outdoor activities such as horseback riding, ATV tours, and ziplining are all great ways to make the most of the beautiful weather and scenery of a Kona fall. With day trips easy to plan from Kona, consider taking a drive down the scenic Saddle Road or soaking in the emerald-green views of Waipi’o Valley.
Fall Vacation Rentals in Kona
Enjoy the best of the fall season in with our Kona travel guide from one of our Kona vacation rentals! We offer a hand-picked selection of condos and private homes for your Hawaii getaway. These upscale vacation rentals boast open-concept floorplans with full kitchens, comfortable living rooms, and 2-4 private bedrooms. Enjoy all the space and privacy you desire, while still being situated within convenient proximity to the island’s best attractions. Our friendly team at Venture Hawaii Rentals is happy to help you discover the perfect fall rental for your Kona getaway.