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The Basics

Visitors that disembark at Kona typically are interested in outdoor adventure, local culture, and—of course—lounging on the beaches. Book a cultural tour to uncover island history, visit cultural sights, and sample the local coffee; several tours even offer port pickup. To more easily reach the island’s remote parks and beaches, rent a car or hire a private guide. For shopping, visit the Kona Farmers and Crafts Market, which typically is held twice weekly.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the island’s numerous forest reserves, or Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano.

  • This area of Hawaii is typically dry and sunny, so bring sunscreen if you’re hiking, strolling, or lounging on the beach.

  • Foodies should sample the local coffee, which is grown in the hilly regions above Kailua-Kona.

  • Travelers who want a taste of luxury can find spas, resorts, and world-class golf courses near Kailua-Kona.

  • You can easily walk to Kailua Village from the port.

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How to Get There

Passengers typically transfer from cruise ships directly to the Kona Pier. The most convenient ways to get to Kona from the pier are booking a shore excursion that includes port pickup or walking into town. For travelers that want to explore independently, car rental agencies are located only a short distance from the pier.

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Kailua Bay Cruise Port Information

Kailua Bay Cruise Port pier drop-off offers easy access to numerous amenities. Charter a boat, visit nearby shopping areas, and walk to several eateries and hotels from the pier. Withdraw local currency (US Dollars) from banks and ATM machines here, and keep in mind that since Hawaii is in the United States, tipping is customary. English is the local language, although you can always try peppering a few Hawaiian phrases into conversation.

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