Fun activities in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, include viewing the petroglyphs, browsing the farmers markets and enjoying the beaches. There are plenty of hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities available as well as water activities.
Visitors can undertake a range of water-related activities starting with sunning on the Old Kona Airport Beach Park or Kamakahonu Beach. Those who want to go snorkeling need to head to Kealakekua Bay or Kahaluu Beach Park. The former is well known for sea turtles, while the latter is an underwater sanctuary with dolphins. Scuba diving is also popular, especially manta ray night dives in which divers get close to these large fish. Those who prefer to explore water from on top can go paddle boarding or surfing.
Nature lovers have other options of exploring the outdoors. For example, tourists can zip line over the jungle and through meadows and forests or horseback ride along the cliffs and coastline. There are dozens of stunning hiking trails that meander through the wilderness such as the Onomea Trail, an easy half-mile stroll to the ocean. The more strenuous 7-mile Halini Pali hiking trail leads through a variety of terrains, including the Kilauea volcano. People can also tour the area in a helicopter or during a scenic drive.