A pod of spinner dolphins photographed underwater.

Dolphin Swims and Whale-Watching Trips in Kona

Many of the kayaking and snorkeling trips in Kona offer dolphin options, but for an unforgettable experience, stick with outfitters and excursions that are fully dedicated to dolphin swims or whale watches. Here are three favorites, their focus, and why they’re so great.

Aerial view of the Waipi‘o Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Waipi’o Valley: Then and Now

Waipi’o Valley has seen much turmoil through the years. Learn about its history, how that affects visitors today, and how to ensure future visitors remain welcome.

Exterior view of the Kona Bali Kai rentals.

Recommended Condos and Vacation Rentals in Kona

There are plenty of options for visitors to Kona when it comes to condos and vacation rentals. Kevin Whitton, author of Moon Hawaiian Islands, shares his personal, detailed recommendations on your best bets depending on what you’re looking for on your vacation.

Beautifully unspoiled Makalawena beach in Kona.

Planning Your Time When Visiting Kona

There is probably more to do in the Kona district than any other place on the Big Island, but the good news is that even though the district is split into smaller sections, nothing is actually that far from anything else.