Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Instead of paying for a night dive out of Honokohau Harbor, head to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort on any given evening to see the manta rays in action. The Manta Viewing Area is located adjacent to the Manta Ray Bar & Grill, and features large spotlights that shine directly on the water below, affording excellent views of the mantas as they swim below the lanai each night, feeding on the plankton.
For other marine life encounters, you might have more luck spotting spinner dolphins on your own than by booking an expensive cruise. Dolphins frequent areas like Kealakekua Bay and "Two Steps" at Honaunau, just down the road, where you can easily get in the water and possibly swim near pods of dolphins. To see the green sea turtles, take a short trek to Ke‘ei Beach, which is also near Kealakekua Bay.
Farther up the highway in Kealakekua, Kona Historical Society is a wonderful destination for visitors that includes a general store museum, coffee tours and a Portuguese stone oven, where old-fashioned bread baking takes place every Thursday morning. And speaking of coffee tours, there are plenty of coffee farm throughout the Kona Coffee Belt that offer free tours and tastings.
Here at Holualoa Inn, we look forward to helping you make the most of your Kona Hawai‘i vacation. Our Big Island bed and breakfast is perfectly situated for proximity to all the best that Kona has to offer.
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn
Posted by Cassandra Hazen at 12:18 PM