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Family Things to do on Kona

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They say the family that stays together plays together. Nowhere is that more true than in Hawaii. Headed to Kona on the Big Island? Get out there with the family and explore the lava fields of Kaloko-Honokahau or go snorkeling in Honaunau Bay. Teeming with natural attractions and rich cultural history, Kona is a must-see on your trip. Check out what to do with the family here.

Go Snorkeling

Kona’s most popular spot for snorkeling in Kona is Two Steps near Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. The rocky shores of Honaunau Bay provide the perfect backdrop for this stunning natural wonder, with naturally-formed steps that lead you right into the blue ocean water. Thus, the name Two Steps was aptly named. Bring your snorkeling gear and get an eyeful of all the beautiful tropical fish and even dolphins that call the area home. Pair your stay with a visit to the national park, beautiful in its own right.

View the Manta Rays

These graceful creatures can be seen at night in shallow waters, drawn to the plankton that invade the shore at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. You can go diving and see them up close and personal, or stay a safe distance away and watch them from the shore. There’s a convenient viewing area at the Crystal Blue Lounge.

Learn to Surf

Pre-teens and teens will love to learn how to hang 10 at the Kahalu’u Bay in Keauhou. Characterized by gentle waves, this is the perfect place to take a surf lesson or two. Go snorkeling while you’re here and enjoy the picnic area with the family. You have your pick of surfing schools and instructors in this immediate area, plus you can rent snorkel gear, paddleboards and surf boards.

Take a Farm Tour

Greenwell Farms is an educational place to learn about how coffee is cultivated and processed, thanks to continuous farm tours scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. After your self-guided tour of the fields and the processing plant, stop in for your free samples! Is it time for a caffeine break?

Take a Walk Along Alii Drive

For spectacular views of the ocean, don’t miss a stroll along Alii Drive. Do some window shopping, check out the galleries, get a bite to eat and peruse the farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and veggies. Stop at Waterfront Row and check out the impressive glass elevator and art galleries featuring works by local Hawaiian artists. At the pier, you’ll be able to view the many sport fishing trophy catches. When darkness descends, the area is transformed into a magical place resplendent with twinkling fairy lights adorning banyan trees and blazing tiki torches that light up the night.

The Big Island isn’t the only thing with awesome family things to do. Head to Oahu for even more, and let Hoku Hawaii Tours bring you around the island for all the highlights.