Amazing Experiences in Hawaii
Hawaii on a Budget
Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii, but thought you couldn’t afford it? If you visit the high-traffic tourist areas like Honolulu, there is a good chance that you won’t have any money left for your children’s college tuition. However, once you know where to stay and what time of year is cheaper, you will see that Hawaii is not just for the rich and famous. In particular, you can find great deals on hotels in Kailua-Kona, a city on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Affordable Hawaiian Vacation
Find affordable hotels in Kailua-Kona by visiting between fall and early winter. The weather will still be delightful, so you will be able to experience all the wonders of Hawaii on a budget.
Kona Seaside Hotel is on the beach and only a mile from Kailua Bay and Pier. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast to give you plenty of energy for all-day adventures. Enjoy the hotel’s pool and lush tropical gardens when you want to relax. Tante’s Oceanfront Restaurant is on-site and offers lunch, dinner, and drinks. Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel has low rates and is across the street from the Kona Inn Shopping Village.
You can also find economical rooms at Royal Kona Resort, Aston Kona by the Sea, A Slice of Aloha in Downtown Kona, and Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The Marriott offers fresh seafood and tropical drinks at its Billfish Poolside Bar and Grille. Huggo’s on the Rocks is right near Royal Kona Resort and is a local favorite. Stop by Island Lava Java for a taste of the best locally grown coffee.
For cheap flights, fly during off-peak times like midweek or later in the day. Kailua-Kona is only eight miles from the Kona International Airport. It’s easy to rent a car or take a taxi, shuttle, or mass transit bus. Bus fares are as low as $2 per person, but schedules are limited.
The Best of the Big Island
Kailua-Kona is in the North Kona District of Hawaii Island. Locals sometimes refer to the town as Kona. Be careful when booking your hotel reservations and be sure to use the full name of Kailua-Kona in the address. There is a larger city named Kailua on the island of O’ahu, which is a completely different place. Kailua-Kona is a beautiful seaside village along the Kona Coast that boasts plenty of activities and attractions for the entire family. The Kailua Pier is the starting and finishing point of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in October.
Hawaii Oceanic is one of many companies in the area that offers dolphin swims, Kealakekua Bay snorkeling, and whale watching. Nighttime manta ray diving and snorkeling are unforgettable experiences that no one should miss. If you prefer dry land, Hawaii Outdoor Guides provides hiking tours through tropical rainforests, along beaches, and inside Hawaii Volcanos National Park. You might also want to visit Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation for a free property tour. Stop by the café before you leave for a cup of delicious coffee.
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Bonnie Laquitara likes to write about upscale vacations on a budget. She enjoys visiting tropical islands, big cities, and out-of-the-way places. She is happiest with her toes in the sand and an umbrella drink in her hand. You can follow her on Google+.