Honokohau Harbor
Honokohau Harbor

Honokohau Harbor

Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, 96740

The Basics

This is the hot spot of Kailua-Kona’s independent sportfishing operators, as well as many scuba, snorkeling, and whale- and dolphin-watching outfitters. Some visitors will also come here to use the amenities and explore nearby Honokohau Beach, Alula Beach, and the area trails—there’s some great nature out here, too.

The marina is full service, with restrooms, showers, ATMs, and a convenience store—the works. Should you get hungry, check out Harbor House, an open-air restaurant with (you guessed it) impeccably fresh seafood and stellar (re)views.

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Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
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Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you’re trying to avoid crowds, come early in the morning—the harbor is a busy place.
  • All the equipment you could possibly need can be rented here; don’t worry about packing gear in your luggage.
  • Lots of the businesses around here are local. Consider supporting them with your wallet, if you’re able.
  • Book your tour in advance; most harbor outfitters don’t accept walk-ins.
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How to Get There

The Kona International Airport is a quick 15-minute drive from Honokohau Harbor. If you’ve got a rental car, simply hop on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (aka Highway 19) and turn onto Kealakehe Parkway. Free parking is available in the harbor lot. Buses also run from Kailua-Kona to Honokohau Harbor, a 10-minute journey.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

The short answer is to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled tour—that’ll give you time to park, take in the scenery, and get signed in. Though there’s always something going on at the harbor, whale-watching tours tend to concentrate around November–February; most other activities, like sportfishing and snorkeling, are year-round.

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Some Bonus Snorkeling

Go behind the marina, and you’ll see a road that winds until it hits a black lava-rock parking lot. From there, there’s a trail that leads to a small beach. If you have your own snorkel gear, this is a great spot to mask up and test your luck at seeing one of the world’s largest manta rays.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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