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Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

Want to get up close and personal with sea turtles? The Kona Coast on the western side of  the Big Island of Hawaii has some of the best snorkeling spots in the islands and lots of turtles. Kailua-Kona is a small town in the heart of this shoreline which is sheltered by two huge volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. First time visitors will immediately notice the relaxed pace in Kona. The locals are friendly and tourists conform to the low-key atmosphere. Small pocket beaches dot the otherwise rugged black lava shoreline of the Kona Coast. The Big Island is enormous compared to the other islands. Activities and attractions are enticing, but driving is required to take advantage of what it has to offer. Drive to the top of a mountain taller than Everest (30,000 feet from the sea floor), visit the beautiful bay where Captain Cook met his demise in 1779, frolic on a green sand beach near the southern tip of the USA, or watch an active volcano pour lava into the Pacific Ocean. But find time to relax with a mai tai and watch the stunning sunsets. Kailua-Kona is a place you’ll never forget.

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Featured Mountains in Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Mountain Approx. Elevation
Ka Lae – South Point 12 ft (4 m)
Pu’u wa’a wa’a 3,963 ft (1,208 m)
Pu’u O’o Vent 2,415 ft (736 m)
Mauna Loa 13,679 ft (4,169 m)
Mauna Kea (State High Point) 13,803 ft (4,207 m)
Pu’u Ku’ili 331 ft (101 m)
Kilauea Volcano 3,668 ft (1,118 m)
Hualalai 8,261 ft (2,518 m)
Pali Kapu o Keoua 203 ft (62 m)