KeauhouUnited States of America

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5/5Top Destination

Explore Keauhou: its snorkeling, volcanoes, beaches, and more!

Keauhou is a coastal Kona village that weaves together the culture of ancient Hawai’i with the leisure and relaxation of a resort area. Find out why this village was a playground for the Hawai’ian royals with its scenic lava-rock coast, Mount Hualalai views and restored temples. Watch the sunset over the ocean before embarking on a nighttime dive with majestic manta rays.

Learn about the area’s cultural significance to the ancient Hawai’ians and how it shaped modern Hawai’i. Visit the Keauhou Kahalu’u Heritage Center, located inside the Keauhou Shopping Center, or one of the area’s interpretive centers to learn about Keauhou’s sacred ancient sites and historical landmarks. Catch one of the cultural performances held at the Heritage Center, such as a hula show.

Ancient temples are dotted along the shoreline. Discover the intriguing Hapaiali’i Heiau (Temple for Elevating Chiefs), a flat stone monolith jutting out from the rock pools near Kahalu’u Beach Park.

Keauhou is famous for its abundant underwater world. Kayak along the shoreline to take in the sights of the dramatic lava-rock coastline. See green sea turtles swimming in tide pools during the day and schools of graceful manta rays feeding on plankton at night. Watch as the resorts on the shore light up the magnificent rays with spotlights or take an awe-inspiring nighttime dive with snorkel or scuba equipment. Night dives depart from the beach north of Honokohau Harbor.

Explore the world-famous Kona coffee-growing region in the picturesque Hualalai mountainside. Take a daytrip to scenic Kahalu’u Bay or discover how Hawai’i’s most valued coffee variety is grown, harvested and processed on a coffee farm tour. Enjoy a fresh cup of the aromatic brew, straight from the farm.

Keauhou is located 6.2 miles (9.9 kilometers) south of Kailua in the Kona region of Hawai’i’s Big Island. Reach this charming resort village by car, charter tour or boat. Enjoy almost year-round sunny weather in Kona. Avoid the region’s humid summers by visiting between September and November.

Known for

Snorkeling, Family-Friendly and Volcanoes

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Where to stay in Keauhou

Kahaluu Bay
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Kahaluu Bay

Snorkeling, Seafood, Sea

4.5/5 (171 Ratings)

The pristine beaches and top golf courses are top of the list for many visitors to Kahaluu Bay. A stop by Kahalu'u Beach Park or Magic Sands Beach might round out your trip.

Top Hotels in Keauhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
4 out of 5
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
$179
per night
Oct 17 - Oct 18
3.9/5Good! (2,390 reviews)

This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Kona Country Club. Kahalu'u Beach Park is 2.1 mi ...

3.9/5Good! (2,390 reviews)

"I loves the ocean being to close to the hotel. At night it was awesome to sit and listen/watch the waves and the manta ray snorkelers. Beautiful grounds with the charming church nearby."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
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Kona Coast Resort
3.5 out of 5
78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,199 reviews)

Located in Kahaluu Bay, this golf condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Keauhou Shopping Center and Kahalu'u Beach Park. Magic Sands Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,199 reviews)

"Staff friendly and helpful. No access to the beach but the view from the bar and pool makes up for it! Check out my insta for places you might want to consider. ALOHA @eddyedlavoz"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Kona Coast Resort
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Holua Resort at the Mauna Loa Village
3.5 out of 5
78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua-Kona, HI
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,211 reviews)

Situated in Kailua-Kona, this golf condo building is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Kahalu'u Beach Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Magic Sands Beach. Captain Cook Monument ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,211 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly, and the villa was as expected. It is important to be aware that you cannot drive up close to many of the units. Instead, you park in a garage and walk to your villa. Not a big deal unless you have a lot to carry or it is raining. To help out, the staff will provide golf ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Holua Resort at the Mauna Loa Village

Popular things to do in Keauhou

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

4.5/5 (889 Ratings)

Drive around the crater of an erupting volcano and learn about the cultural importance of lava to the ancient Hawaiians.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

4.5/5 (325 Ratings)

Visit the historic walled refuge of Hawaiian lawbreakers, the only place on the island where their lives would be spared.

Captain Cook Monument
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Captain Cook Monument

4.5/5 (288 Ratings)

Hike, kayak or take a boat cruise to the monument celebrating the life of the famous British explorer.

Hulihee Palace
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Hulihee Palace

4/5 (169 Ratings)

At this former royal vacation home and museum, view original handmade koa furnishings and watch free folk concerts.

Kahalu'u Beach Park
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Kahalu'u Beach Park

4.5/5 (441 Ratings)

Snorkel with tropical fish and swim with sea turtles at this great dive location.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

4.5/5 (211 Ratings)

Discover ancient Hawaii at this historic settlement.

Top activities in Keauhou

Catamaran Cruise & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
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Catamaran Cruise & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

$160

Journey to majestic Kealakekua Bay on a custom-built catamaran with waterslides and a diving board. Relax on the shaded deck, snorkel in the clear water, and sip a Mai Tai as you head back to shore.

Haleo Luau at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort
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Haleo Luau at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

$114

On an oceanfront lawn at Keahou Bay, as the sun dips behind the horizon and the palm trees rustle overhead, immerse yourself in the heritage, culture, and traditions of Hawaii. Enjoy a buffet of island-style fare and sit back for a spectacular show with live music and dancing at the Haleo Luau.

Afternoon Captain Cook Snorkel Express
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Afternoon Captain Cook Snorkel Express

$105

Explore some of Hawaii's calmest waters during a 3-hour snorkeling trip complete with sea caves, lava tubes, and spectacular marine life. With guidance from a US Coast Guard-licensed captain, encounter wildlife up close in a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling.

Afternoon Snorkel Cruise to Kealakekua Bay State Park
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Afternoon Snorkel Cruise to Kealakekua Bay State Park

$98

The only underwater state park in Hawaii, the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay beckons with its clear waters, Technicolor coral gardens, and abundance of vibrant marine life. Set sail from Keauhou Bay on a luxurious catamaran and dive into an afternoon of aquatic adventure.

Deluxe Morning Adventure
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Deluxe Morning Adventure

$129

Embark on a 4-hour snorkeling adventure along the western coast of the Big Island for up-close encounters with local marine life. Explore Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay to unveil Hawaii’s unique underwater world, learn Hawaiian history, and get breathtaking views from the front row.

Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island
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Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

$119

While on Hawaii’s Big Island, have an authentic, fun and entertaining experience at the Island Breeze Luau. Winner of the “Best of West Hawaii” award, the Island Breeze Luau at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is a favorite of both visitors and locals.