Kailua-Kona travel guide

Kailua-Kona Tourism | Kailua-Kona Guide

You're Going to Love Kailua-Kona

With a population of 11,975, Kailua-Kona is a must-see destination in Hawaii, United States. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Kailua-Kona has to offer.

Where to Eat in Kailua-Kona

If you’re looking for affordable options, Mi's Waterfront Bistro (75-5770 Alii Dr) and Foster's Kitchen - Kailua Kona (75-5805 Alii Dr) are great picks.

When to visit Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona in June
Estimated hotel price
$1006
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kailua-Kona in June
Estimated hotel price
$1006
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Kailua-Kona in August, when the average temperature is 25 °C, and the highest can go up to 29 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 18 °C, with an average temperature of 22 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 70 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Kailua-Kona, with an average rainfall of 40 mm.

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How to Get to Kailua-Kona

Plane

When flying to Kailua-Kona, you’ll arrive at Kona Intl (KOA), which is located 12 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Kailua-Kona from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 20h 23m.

Car

Another option to get to Kailua-Kona is to pick up a car hire from Honolulu, which is about 269 km from Kailua-Kona. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Honolulu.

Plane

When flying to Kailua-Kona, you’ll arrive at Kona Intl (KOA), which is located 12 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Kailua-Kona from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 20h 23m.

Car

Another option to get to Kailua-Kona is to pick up a car hire from Honolulu, which is about 269 km from Kailua-Kona. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Honolulu.

Airports near Kailua-Kona

Airlines serving Kailua-Kona

Lufthansa
Good (4,696 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,577 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,606 reviews)
Air France
Good (980 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,959 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,440 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,933 reviews)
Finnair
Good (863 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,722 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,590 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (726 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (186 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (771 reviews)
Avianca
Good (1,325 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (976 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (55 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (815 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (773 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (611 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

From 5-star hotels such as the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to great affordable options like the Pacific 19 Kona, Kailua-Kona offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $445 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $1,049 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kailua-Kona

Most booked hotels in Kailua-Kona

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
5 stars
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
$2,324+
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
5 stars
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
$1,334+
Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$471+
Royal Kona Resort
3 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$389+
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$623+

Hiring a car in Kailua-Kona

Hiring a car in Kailua-Kona costs $74 per day, on average, or $221 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, National and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Kailua-Kona is the Alamo branch at 73 106 A Ulepe Street, which is 12 km from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 29% more expensive than at Kona Intl.

Expect to pay $1.69 per litre in Kailua-Kona (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.18 and $26.90. The most frequently booked car type in Kailua-Kona is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Supplier choice car hire (Class Special Sedan or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Kailua-Kona costs $74 per day, on average, or $221 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, National and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Kailua-Kona is the Alamo branch at 73 106 A Ulepe Street, which is 12 km from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 29% more expensive than at Kona Intl.

Expect to pay $1.69 per litre in Kailua-Kona (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.18 and $26.90. The most frequently booked car type in Kailua-Kona is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Supplier choice car hire (Class Special Sedan or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.