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The northeast coast of Hawaii’s Big Island has some of the island’s most iconic beaches, luxury resorts, golf courses and dramatic landscapes. The coast is made largely of lava rock, creating unique beachfronts with black and white speckled sand. The Kohala Coast is extremely popular for visitors seeking the Hawaii beach experience and the area offers fantastic places to swim, surf, snorkel and scuba dive.
Stay at one of the coast’s luxury resorts to experience the true Kohala Coast experience. Among the more popular are the Hilton Waikoloa and the architecturally renowned Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Resorts in the area can generally be described as luxury, and are not the most affordable on the island; however, they are worth the price tag. Enjoy a game of golf at one of six courses in the area, or dine at one of the five-star restaurants located within the resorts.
Swim with dolphins, turtles and tropical fish throughout the Kohala Coast. This area is home to what is considered some of the island’s best beaches, including Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach Park, Samuel Spencer Beach and Keokea Beach. Most of the beaches are free to access and many have lifeguards and public amenities.
Discover the ancient history of the area at the Lapakahi Historical Park or the Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, once the residence of Hawaiian royals. Tours are available from a number of operators in Keilua-Kona and are an excellent way to see the coast and learn the history.
The Kohala Coast stretches north from Waikoloa for 10 miles (16 kilometers) to Kawaihae, and is served by the Queen Kaahumanu Highway. While some charter buses serve the resorts, the coast is best visited by car so you can reach different attractions with ease. Some attractions have an entrance fee.
Situated on the beach, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dolphin Quest and Seaside Putting Course. Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast, a 5-minute drive from Puako Petroglyph Park and 15 minutes from the ruined ancient Hawaiian temple at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. The Shops at Mauna Lani mall is a 2-minute shuttle ride from the hotel.
This family-friendly Waikoloa hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Kings Shops and Hapuna Beach State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Kamuela, this luxury condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Great 4-D Movie Ride and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Dolphin Quest are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of King's Shops and petroglyphs. Anaehoomalu Bay is a mile away.
Situated in Waikoloa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Beach Golf Course and Kings Shops. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located 7 miles inland on the spectacular Kohala Coast, this resort is adjacent to Waikoloa Village Golf Course and shopping, and offers easy access to the Big Island's northern ranch highlands.
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is located next to 2 golf courses and across from the Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace.