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Kona


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Overview

Kona, "The Billfish Capital of the World," is located in the western region of Hawaii's "Big Island" that cruise ships visit. However, the actual city that is being visited is named Kailua-Kona. Known for its coffee, surfing, snorkeling, (white sand and black sand) beaches and sun, Kona is one of the most popular regions of Hawaii among tourists. With world-renowned resorts, spas, golf courses and restaurants, Kona is an excellent port of call featured on most Hawaii cruises.


Destinations
Kona is typically included on Hawaii cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Kona is not a cruise departure port.


Currency
The official currency of the United States is the dollar.


Language
The official language is English.


Tourist Attractions
There are a ton of beautiful beaches in the Kona area of the Big Island. Kamakahonu Beach, also known as "King Kam," is one of the most popular beaches in Kona (among both tourists and locals). This white-sand beach has a calm surf, making it great for families with children, swimming, diving and snorkeling. White Sands, also known as Magic Sands or La'aloa Beach, is located on Ali'i Drive and is quite popular among surfers and bodyboarders. Kahalu'u Beach Park is one the best places in all of the Big Island for snorkeling. Forgetting to bring an underwater camera to this black-sand beach is a true shame.

For active travelers, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, swimming and snorkeling are all quite popular activities in Kona. As far as snorkeling goes, Kona offers an impressive variety of marine species and coral.

The two-story Hulihe'e Palace (located on Ali'i Drive) was the vacation residence of the Hawaiian royal family until 1914. Inside this palace is a wonderful collection of artifacts and luxurious furniture. Slight damage was done to the palace during an earthquake in 2006. Another famous Kona landmark is the Captain Cook Monument, erected in 1874 in memory of his achievements as an explorer.

During the winter, whale watching is a nice activity to participate in while in Kona. Among the rest of the wide range of marine life in this area are dolphins and sea turtles.

Kona is very well known for its coffee. Koa Coffee Plantation is an award-winning grower and producer of Kona coffee.

The Pacific Fine Art Gallery, located at the front of the Kona Inn Shopping Village, is quite popular among art lovers. They have a nice selection of oil and watercolor paintings for sale there, and it's typically open from 9 am to 9:30 pm.



Port Location
Cruise ships need to anchor offshore and use tenders to transport their passengers to and from Kailua-Kona. The tenders drop passengers off right in downtown Kailua, from where various shops, bars and coffee shops are within walking distance.
 
Sunset in Kona
Sunset in Kona
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Oceanfront in Kona
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Aerial View of Kona
Aerial View of Kona
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Kona's Shore
Kona's Shore
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Hulihe'e Palace
Hulihe'e Palace



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