Cheap Flights to Kona
Favored by Hawaii's legendary King Kamehameha, Kona enjoys a position on the Big Island of Hawaii's leeward side, protected from inclement weather and close to fine beaches edged by clear ocean waters teeming with fish. Visitors on flights to Kona can explore the Big Island and its coffee plantations, archaeological remains, stunning beaches, sparkling waters and excellent restaurants for an experience of the real Hawaii far from the beaches of Waikiki. The island is just 10 miles from Kona International Airport (KOA).
Kona International Airport
Flights to Kona land in Kona International Airport (KOA), which is serviced by a range of airlines including Delta, United, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines. The airport has two terminals that are easily navigable on foot. The temperate climate in Hawaii is conducive to the airport layout, which is a set of separate buildings connected by open-air walkways. Passenger services, an ATM, restrooms, restaurants, gift shops and lei stands cover most of your travel needs.
There is little by way of public transport on the island with the Hele-On bus only stopping once per day at the airport on its way to Kona. Most visitors rent a car for the duration of their stay, but there are also taxis available at the airport to take passengers to Kona for around $35.
Attractions in Kona
Surrounded by flawlessly clear water and enjoying superb weather, Kona's main attraction is the sea, where visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and surfing at Kahaluu Beach. There are also yoga classes on the sand visitors can sign up for, or heavy activity can be avoided entirely by stretching out on the sand and soaking up the sun.
Hulihe'e Palace was the vacation home of Hawaiian royalty from the time of King Kamehameha I, now a showcase for the beautiful furnishings and artifacts that graced the palace during the historic period. Captivating petroglyphs carved by early island inhabitants adorn the exposed rock face at the Kaloko-Honokahou National Park.
The island is famous for its coffee, and insight into this industry is explored in detail at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm where visitors can see how coffee has traditionally been produced and pick up a bag to take home.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Kona
Kona's protected location in the shadow of Mount Hualalai creates a microclimate, preventing the city from receiving the amounts of rain found on some of the other islands in the chain. Winters and summers in Kona boast the same temperatures with daytime highs in the 80s and nights dropping into the 70s or high 60s. Emanations from the Kīlauea Volcano interact with the atmosphere to create what the locals call "vog," an opaque fog-like haze that sometimes envelops the coast. Most days are bright and clear, however, with the mountain protecting the area from the constant trade winds that blow across the northern part of the Big Island. The island is especially famous for the annual Ironman Triathalon in October and an International Billfish Tournament in August. The cost of a meal for two in a Kona restaurant ranges from about $40 to $80.