Not to be confused with the famous bay of the same name, the town of Kealakekua is a few miles north and mauka (uphill) of the bay. It’s a small town along the highway, with many coffee farms and artisan shops in the area. If you like waking up in the morning to a delicious cup of Kona coffee, and looking out at the beautiful ocean view and surrounding lush vegetation, you’ll love your stay at one of our great homes for rent in Kealakekua Hawaii!
There are many coffee farms to visit in this area, but one that stands out is the Kona Historical Society’s Living History Farm. A visit here is like stepping into Kona’s past, as costumed “interpreters” take you through some of the daily tasks that people would have performed while farming coffee in days of old. Likewise, the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum is a well-preserved store from the late 1800s that history enthusiasts will enjoy. Another “must” stop if you’re around on a Friday or Sunday is the Pure Kona Market, a farmers’ and artisans’ market that takes place at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Though the garden itself is no longer operational, this market is lively and well-attended; it’s a great place to support local artists and try some new island fruits!
Most visitors to Kealakekua will definitely want to spend at least one day at Kealakekua Bay. This bay is popular for kayaking and snorkeling, though kayaking is only allowed with permitted tour guides at this time. Snorkeling is best in the area near the Cook Monument, which is not accessible by car, but only via the water or the steep and hot Kaʻawaloa Trail. Your best bet for great snorkeling is probably on a tour boat, most of which leave from Keauhou Pier. Please remember to use reef-safe sunscreen, and do not touch the coral. Some tours advertise that you can swim with dolphins in Kealakekua Bay; this is neither likely nor advisable, as the dolphins are resting when they enter the bay, and should not be disturbed.