Kailua pir
Kailua pir

Kailua pir

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

The basics

West-facing, Kailua Pier is a great place to grab a Hawaiian sunset. Many of Kailua-Kona’s restaurants, shops, and bars can also be found right here alongside historical gems like Hulihee Palace—so when you come here, make a day of it.

Even beyond outfitters, views, and history, this area offers some of Kona’s most accessible snorkeling and diving. You can access a small coral reef right off the shore, filling the waters with tropical creatures. If you do snorkel here, go with a buddy, and rent a dive flag before heading out to avoid trouble with boats.

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Things to know before you go

  • Cruise ships are allowed at Kailua Pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Avoid those days if you’d like to avoid larger crowds.

  • Snorkeling is allowed off the beaches around the pier. That being said, boats tend to call the shots here, so make sure you have a dive flag to stay safe.

  • There’s no parking on the pier itself, but there are several nearby lots and plenty of street parking around the area.

  • The pier has public showers and restrooms.

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Praktisk info

Piren ligger på Kaahumanu Place vid kurvan där Alii Drive blir Palani Road. Det ligger bredvid King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel och tvärs över gatan från Fish Hopper Restaurant och ABC Store.

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When to get there

If you’re here for a scheduled adventure, be sure to arrive early to find parking, locate your destination, and mill around; you might want to spend a few minutes checking out Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark, the thatched residence of King Kamehameha I. Get here after 4pm and you might spot people weighing their massive catches of the day.

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Center of the action

Though boats certainly still take advantage of Kailua Pier, this area has grown into a destination for many besides captains and anglers. Kona’s biggest events take place here, from the annual IRONMAN World Championship and Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament to the Kona Surf Film Festival and Kona Brewers Festival. You might just run into a party when you visit.

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