Looking to island hop? This summer Island Air relaunched its service from Honolulu to Kona, giving you one more option for exploring the Big Island. Added bonus? Other airlines lowered their interisland prices in response. Current sample fair for a weekend? $72 one way.

Inspired by these fares we decided to take a closer look at our neighbor, Hawaii, and have created the perfect weekend agenda.

Destination: Kona.

Activities & Adventure

Crave adventure? Kona has numerous activities to suit your adrenaline needs. Fit for every level of activity, here are a few recommendations for a jam-packed Kona getaway.

Big Island in One Day: There’s a lot to see and do on the Big Island. This day-long tour will take you to thundering waterfalls, beautiful black sandy beaches and Hawaii Volcanos National Park to explore the landscape of steam. Keep an eye out for green turtles basking on the coast or lava flowing through the rocks.

Active Volcano Tour: The mega attraction on the Big Island is Volcanos National Park, Hawaii’s sole world heritage site. If you are looking for a shorter tour of Hawaii’s awesome ecosystem, make sure you get a chance to check out the Volcanos.

Night Snorkel with Manta Rays: This might sound pretty crazy but we promise you this is worth it. Hop on an evening boat, put on your snorkeling gear and see Manta Rays glide under you doing vertical flips in the water. Don’t worry, Mantas only eat microscopic plankton.

Historic Fun

Kona has a lot to offer for the history buff in everyone.

Dinner Cruise: Wind down your day and step aboard a journey that takes you back in time, when ancient kings ruled the Hawaiian Islands. This luxurious, three hour guided historical dinner cruise take you to Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook’s monument while a local historian points out over 50 points of interest and historical sites. Upon arriving in Kealakekua Bay, a Hawaiian style buffet dinner is served accompanied by live entertainment and a beautiful sunset.

Mauna Kea Summit Stargazing Tour: Join the professionals of Hawaii Forest and Trail on an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. On your way to the summit you will get a chance to learn about the evolution and changes the Hawaiian Islands have experienced.

Kona Coast Dining

With a day filled with activities, your metabolism is ready for action too! Here are a few dinning recommendations to consider throughout your weekend:

Kona Brewing Company: Kailua-Kona Pub & Brewery


Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse

Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar


Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill

Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

Da Poke Shack

Splasher’s Grill

Island Ono Loa Grill

Broke da Mouth Grindz

Island Lava Java

Umekes Fishmarket bar and Grill

Don’s Mai Tai Bar

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about desert!

Scandinavian Shave Ice

Kope Lani Coffee & Ice Cream

Mrs. Barry’s Kona Cookies

Hawaiian Ice Cones