Located on the northwest coast of Hawaii's "Big Island," the Kohala Coast is an idyllic paradise that combines the powerful beauty of lava fields with the gentle serenity of lush tropical rainforests. These characteristics make the Kohala Coast a popular wedding and honeymoon destination as well as a hotspot for couples and families looking for a sun-soaked vacation. Kohala restaurants also offer fresh, authentic, local fare that will delight your taste buds.
If you're planning a Kohala Coast vacation, here are some suggestions for activities and attractions to pencil into your itinerary:
-Eco tours: The Big Island is an ecological paradise, with incredibly diverse and extraordinary flora and fauna. Take a tour of the rainforests, explore the lava fields, and catch glimpses of rare birds and animals in their natural habitats.
-Golf courses: The Kohala Coast is famous for the quality and scenery of its golf courses. Equipment rentals are very affordable, so there's no need to worry about bringing your own clubs along.
-Hapuna Beach State Park: This nature preserve hosts one of the Big Island's largest and, by many accounts, most beautiful white sand beaches.
-Fishing: Head off the coast into the warm waters surrounding the Big Island to try your hand at sport fishing. Exotic fish varieties swim in plentiful numbers in the Kohala Coast area, and you can arrange your own excursions or take part in fishing charters with your fellow anglers.
-Spa packages: Relax, unwind, and let your cares melt away in a day spa. Pamper yourself with a facial, skin treatment, or massage.
Instead of fighting the crowds at the area's hotels, why not enjoy a more relaxing and peaceful trip in your very own vacation rental? You can choose from cozy cabins in the forest to condos and beachfront villas with breathtaking ocean views, all for affordable prices.
Exploring more of the Big Island is easy from the Kohala Coast area, but you'll have to give yourself plenty of time for travel as the island's winding, narrow roads can make for slow driving. Bring your camera along and enjoy the scenery! Head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and visit Mauna Loa, the world's largest mountain in terms of volume.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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